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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!
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    What a beautiful and moving tribute. How amazing to be remembered with a flower that is so beautiful and resilient.

    Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pictures and this wonderful blog. I'm so happy that you have this beauty all around you! Life is so much easier when we have friends and beauty to enjoy along the journey!

    You are a wonderful friend to me and I appreciate you so much! emoticon
    1829 days ago
    Oh, thanks a lot.

    I did buy a bunch of daffodils at Trader Joe's yesterday. I had no business doing that since I still have roses, but couldn't resist.

    I love when those bulbs start popping up. Here...just around the corner means late May.

    1830 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I adore these yellow bursts of hope . What a fitting symbol of a life. You give me such a good feeling with your perspective. You rock !
    1830 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Beautiful pics and what a great idea for a memorial!!! Can't wait to see our Daffodils! We have them strategically placed all over the entrance to my subdivision.
    Thanks for sharing!
    1831 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    This blog came at a much needed time: we are supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow Wednesday! NO bulbs or leaves for us for awhile... Thanks!
    1832 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    I like daffodils despite the fact that their lifespan is so short. It is the first sign of spring after the crocus, and their bright yellow and white colors signify spring to me. What a great legacy to leave when departing this life. Neat idea. Sounds like you had a great day! I am jealous of the weather though, we had 79 degrees on Saturday and now they are talking about 4+ inches of snow on Wednesday. This has been a strange winter! Glad that spring is near!
    1832 days ago
    My dear Steve,I love the way you know how to enjoy life and all the precious things near you. On Sunday my daughter, sister. niece and I went to mount brazil it is a beautiful mountain with trees. the flowers on the trees are also blooming. We went on a walking trail and the smell of the bloomimg flowers and the view was unforgetable. We all had the best time ever on our walk. Iwill see if I can post on a blog the pictures of our trail.
    1832 days ago
    that's better than being cuckoo for cocoa puffs!

    have a great week
    1832 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    What a very special weekend!

    I have to say it, I love Don. Although he has passed on, what a gentle spirit he must have been and what a beautiful tribute he left for others to enjoy.

    It is wonderful that Mel carried out his final wish and that now Kurt embraces this living legacy emoticon

    I'm sure Karen enjoyed a birthday she will never forget. Thanks for sharing these moments and photos with us..

    With love,

    1832 days ago
    I love Daffodils and their promise of Summer! emoticon
    Great tribute to Don! emoticon
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  • 911BRAD
    Looks like the three of you made some wonderful memories this weekend. Your photos make me anxious for spring.

    Looking forward to the coming week... Cheers, Brad
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    This sharing was just so precious, I am finding words difficult and the picture's .. my my my..... Thank you all.... think I will just leave it at that. LOVE, Pat
    1832 days ago
    Oh, Steve - that sounds like a very special visit! I really love the daffodil idea as a memorial. Don will never be forgotten and will bring joy to all those friends and visitors over many, many years! We are busy planning our trip to Iona for the beginning of April to spread our mother's ashes and to set up her memorial bench which Hannah and Sebastian are making right now. I was knocked off my feet for a couple of days by a monster cold, but am slowly re-surfacing now! Have a great start to the week, Steve!
    1832 days ago
    I love the daffodils...and I think the planting of them with his partner's ashes was just a beautiful idea! I also love crocus and tulips! Short lived for the Spring but so lovely and special!
    Have a great week ahead!
    P.S. Tell Steve I am hooked on Revenge! It's such a soap opera melodrama...but I am sucked in and thrilled there are 89 episodes! I am almost half way...
    1832 days ago
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