Rescuing the Southern Heirloom Daffodil Bulb
Southern Heirloom Daffodil Bulbs - 2011.
Heirloom Daffodils in
Time is running out to relocate these Southern
Historic Narcissus in the South
Every spring you can find me
down old dirt roads in the deep South where I search for Southern
Heirloom Daffodils. The forgotten bulbs with names lost to history are
my treasures. My family tolerates my odd behavior and lets me roam the
old home places of our shared ancestors. This spring we have put some
projects on hold to make time and room in a desperate effort to relocate
Heirloom Daffodil Bulbs to safety.
For generations now my family has been hanging on to
land that their Parents and Grandparents passed down to them. Very few
of them are farming the land anymore and the pine trees and briars have
been taking over crowding the Old Heirloom Bulbs out. Even when the
timber is cut they destroy thousands of bulbs with the bulldozers and
heavy equipment. Last spring with my new camera in hand I arrived at one
of the old farms that has the best variations of the very old Daffodil
Butter and Eggs that I have ever seen only to be devastated by the sight
of downed trees and bulldozer tracks. So few had survived where
thousands had bloomed for a hundred years. I pulled and tugged at the
the small trees and large branches trying to move them off the top of
the survivors. Desperate to do something I grabbed a shovel and started
digging out the ones trapped under the larger downed trees. After hours
of straining and lifting I sat down on the cold ground in defeat with my
plans to photograph this forgotten place gone forever.
Southern Heirloom Daffodil Butter and Eggs
This year we will be moving as many of these
wonderful old bulbs as possible. If you have room for any of these
Southern Bulbs we will be offering them for a modest price to help cover
expenses. You will need to also pay for the shipping charges. Working
together we can relocate Bulbs that are a rich part of our history in
the South. Every Bulb we move is in harms way. When these old Daffodils
have survived a hundred years on a old home site and are safe please
leave them for the future Generations to find their way home. Carry your
camera and leave with a bouquet.
These Bulbs are Rescue Bulbs
not the Bulbs we offer in our Fall Catalog. The Bulbs are being dug with
the Landowners Permission. We will try our best to sort the different
varieties but if the clump has a Butter and Eggs Bloom it is no guaranty
that all of them are. It does indicate that probably most of them will
Our objective this year is to relocate the bulbs in the most danger
was not a clear cut on the timber removed from the old farm where the
best Butter and Eggs bloomed every year. Surrounded by nearly 400 acres
of timber these daffodils have been safe in a large clearing where the
old house once stood on tall pillars.This was probably the best stand of
daffodils I have ever seen. Spring would turn the weeds into a sea of
yellow. The sweet smell of jonquils filled the air. The Campernelle
were on fire with color. Sir Watkins danced in the breeze. Butter and
Eggs bloomed with green centers, pale yellow, creamy whites, blazing
orange bits gleaming from the puffs of yellow. It sang a sweet southern
song for my soul. What is left must be saved before the timber company
returns for the saw logs. At this time I do not have the man power or
the funds to prepare a large enough area to grow this many daffodil
bulbs. We have several locations in crisis this year from aggressive
blackberry briars forming thick mats and timber harvesting.
Another farm is owned by my Cousin that likes deer
hunting. For years I have been watching this planting of almost 2 acres
completely covered in the old Daffodil we call the Lent Lily with a few
Texas Stars. It brings me great sorrow to inform you that almost half of
them have been plowed under for a nice area of turnip greens and other
plants sold in a seed mix to attract deer. This is a very old stand of a
species Daffodil (The Lent Lily) that I have observed a great deal of
variation in. Many are unique to just this planting. Mother Natures hand
at her best created these lovely variations with a 100 years to work
undisturbed. After arriving last Spring to discover the remains of
"The Great Daffodil Massacre", I am concerned
about the loss of the remaining ones to another planting later this year
for the hungry deer.
Each location is so unique and distributing these
bulbs will ensure their survival.
We are located in North Louisiana. If you are in
driving distance arrangements can be made for pick up or delivery.
Replanting the Bulbs at your location is available.
Heirloom Daffodil Bulb Contact Information - Remember we are out
digging these bulbs, so we are in and out. Email is the
best way to contact us.. We will answer the same day if possible. It is okay to
phone but you might have to call several times to catch us.
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