The road to 30-40,000 daffodils started with 200 tulips—-which resulted in a total disaster. It seems that deer, if given the choice, would rather dine on tulips than other available vegetation. The switch to daffodils was a “no-brainer”; since neither man nor beast will eat them because they are poisonous. I started planting two to three hundred a year in 1982 and it gradually grew to an annual two to three thousand. “Father Time” seems to be creeping up and I’ve slowed down to planting 1,500 new bulbs each year.
The daffodils are naturalized in a wooded area with a creek meandering through the trees. A flock of
wild turkeys keeps watch over the flowers at night and seem to enjoy coming off their roosts and landing in the flowers. SOME THINGS YOU JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT!
The area is frequented by deer, coyotes, bobcats, beaver and on occasion, buffalo—-now that is whole new story.
The daffodils are all early bloomers and usually start tossing their heads in a spritely dance on or about the middle of March. “Mother Nature”, as we all know, has her own schedule and is the final determinant on the bloom date. Viewing is available during this period without charge. The flowers are located 1 mile west of Auburn, KS on 89th Street at the Carl and Rose Smith residence.