Jaroldeen Asplunsd Edwards
Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over." I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead.
"I will come next Tuesday, " I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn's house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!"
My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all the time, Mother."
"Well, you won't get me back on the road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!" I assured her.
"I was hoping you'd take me over to the garage to pick up my car."
"How far will we have to drive?"
"Just a few blocks," Carolyn said. "I'll drive. I'm used to this."
After several minutes, I had to ask, "Where are we going? This isn't the way to the garage!"
"We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled, "by way of the daffodils."
"Carolyn," I said sternly, "please turn around."
"It's all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."
After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that said, "Daffodil Garden."
We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns-great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue.
There were five acres of flowers.
"But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn.
"It's just one woman," Carolyn answered. "She lives on the property. That's her home."
Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. "Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.
The first answer was a simple one."50,000 bulbs," it read. The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain." The third answer was, "Began in 1958."
There it was, The Daffodil Principle. For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun ~ one bulb at a time ~ to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top. Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, had changed the world. This unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable (indescribable) magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.
The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time ~ often just one baby-step at a time ~ and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.
"It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn. "What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!"
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. "Start tomorrow,"
The daffodil garden mentioned in this story really does exist and anyone can visit during peak bloom time, early March to early April.
The garden is located below Running Springs, California, in the San Bernardino Mountains. From the city of Highland (about 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles), take Highway 330 toward Running Springs. Drive 14 miles into the mountains to the intersection of Live Oak Dr. and Fredalba. Turn right on Fredalba and proceed one mile. Park in the church parking lot. From there, signs will direct you.
Program This Month:
Kenny Smothers and Scott Noble with the Arkansas Forestry Commission will speak to us on the value of trees on our property. Their presentation will include some best management practices for water quality protection. Handouts will be provided as well as an excellent handbook on Trees of Arkansas for a nominal price.
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Our topic will be - Considerations for new plants and bringing them to your garden.
FOR THE SEMINAR HORTICULTURE TABLE:
OTHER MEMBER EDUCATION EVENTS:
GARDEN WALKS: Barbara Goodlett email@example.com is the contact to host a Garden Walk
TOURS: Jo Strickland will arrange Tours - firstname.lastname@example.org contact Jo with suggestions
SIGs: Pat Mueske email@example.com is the contact to lead a SIG – Special Interest Group
To hold a special Member Education Event, members should contact one of the above.
It is important that our Member Education committee chairs schedule tours, garden walks and SIGs so the dates do not conflict with our previously scheduled BCMG activities.
And as always:
Member Education Director: Audrey Holt firstname.lastname@example.org
Members with Last names beginning R-A kindly bring refreshments for the meeting.
Attention MG "foodies" - if you bring something you're proud of and we love it, ....will you consider sharing it so we can include in the recipe section of upcoming newsletter?
Project Information: Spring is making an early start this year, and ain't that grand!!! I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful days, and getting back to playing in the dirt in your yards.
It's also time to clean up the beds at all of our seven projects. You will see buddy messages announcing Project Enhancement Days (PED's) as they draw near. You can also see the normal schedule for all project workdays in the calendar on our website. Any changes to published schedules will be announced in buddy messages.
As a reminder, we have seven projects we, as Master Gardeners, maintain:
If you can't attend a normal workday, call one of the project leaders and ask them what you might do on your own schedule. They'll be glad to hear from you.
You can review the regular project enhancement days here Check the Calendar
So enjoy the great weather and spend some time at the project....or projects....of your choice. As always, we appreciate all you do for Master Gardeners
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For members that do not have access or cannot report their hours on line please continue to turn in your hours at the meeting, via email: email@example.com or mail to Sandy Seitz, 876 CR 126, Oakland, AR 72661
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Master Gardener Classifieds
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February Rain Report:
Diana Weigand Three Brothers area Reported: 1.8"Rain; 0.5" Snow
Sue North East side of Baxter County Lake Norfork Reported: 1.88"
Audrey Holt West side of Baxter County Reported: 1.82" includes 1/4" of snow.
Ken Braswell From Hwy. 341 south of Lone Rock, Reported: 1.82" (Rain and Good dusting of snow)
Thanks to our Newsletter Staff this Month:
Articles or Topics Suggested By:
Phyllis Henley... Message from the President
Jan Halligan ... Program Information for the Month
Jane Darr ... BCMG Monthly Bulletin
Mark Keaton Baxter County Extension Agent ... Monthly Calendar
David H. Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension Service ... Guidelines for Pruning Roses
Gerald Klingaman, Retired Extension Horticulturist ... Roseshell Honesuckle
Gerald Klingaman, Retired Extension Horticulturist ...Goldmoss Sedum
Gerald Klingaman Retired Extension Horticulturist ...Strawberries
Sheila Barlow... Recipes
Sheila Barlow... Newsletter Coordinator
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