Day 449 - Daffy for Daffodils
Monday, February 22, 2016
We had such a wonderful time at Mel's place over the hill last night, hiking amid the daffodils. There are about 4000 bulbs scattered all over his 80-acre property. We didn't see them all, but we saw a good amount. It was really beautiful. They are naturalizing like crazy, so I can't wait to see what it's like a few years from now.
It was a great visit, and Karen said that she felt right at home with them. Because of Karen's COPD, she couldn't walk very fast, but we took our time and really enjoyed the view of the Napa Valley from Mel's hillside.
Mel's former partner Don had planted the first 3000 bulbs. When he knew that his illness was terminal, he and Mel had talked about what Don wanted for his memorial. He said that Mel should take his ashes and put them in paper cups along with some soil and a daffodil bulb, and their friends should take them out on the property and plant them. So another hundred bulbs were planted that day.
Since then they have planted about 100 bulbs per year, and the flowers just pop all over!
It really was a beautiful day, and the perfect end to a wonderful Saturday.
For friends who are still suffering with winter conditions where you are, just remember that spring is around the corner!
You can't necessarily tell in these images, but all those trees in the distance burned in the Rocky and Jerusalem fires back in July/August of 2015. Seeing the green coming back is very encouraging!
For this week's Sunday gratitude blog, I am grateful for daffodils and friends! Keep Sparking and have a great week!