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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.

Carl

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  1. This is a very nice site. I want to come and see the flowers.

  2. I stopped several years ago after an article in the paper. i would like to thank you for sharing with all of us…I really enjoyed your flowers.

  3. Hi Carl and Rose, when we went on your website to look at the daffodils you told us about we were in awe of the work that you’ve done. Absolutely beautiful. Love the picture of your family. Meeting you both was one of the highlights of our Cruise. While not getting to say goodbye was disappointing but made it home and are well.
    Jean and Bill Fodor

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