Sunday, March 22, 2009

Granny Sorrells' daffodils

My Granny Sorrells' had daffodils all the way around the edge of her farmhouse yard. The daffodils were between the yard and the barbed wire fence that kept the cattle in the fields and not in her yard. Her daffodils were the first flowers I have memory of. So when I got my first house I had to have some of those bulbs. I sure am glad I got a couple of clumps and brought them to Tennessee. I have moved them with me everytime I have moved over the years, each time having more of them to move.
If you have followed my blog very long you might remember when I was tagged. I spoke of my Granny Sorrells twice in that tag. Click here to see that post. When we bought the property in October 2004 we transplanted all my daffodils that originated from those clumps I dug back in the early 1970s. My husband took a tiller and prepared a 140 ft long one tiller wide 'trail' for the bulbs. He lined the 'trail' with bricks on both sides. I sat and scooted along and planted all those bulbs. Well over a thousand by that time, one at a time. It took me 2 weeks, my left thumb has not been the same since.
So this is their fifth spring to bloom in this location, and they are prettier each year.
This photo is still Granny's daffodils, but this clump was planted on the bank at the road. They always bloom before the yellow trail.
I have not been able to photograph the whole row. This photo does start at one end, but you can see the left side goes on over the little hill and I couldn't get both ends in the photo.

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17 comments:

Mildred said...

Growing up, there were older neighbor ladies on either side of our home, who grew hundreds of daffodils. To this day, the sight of daffodils takes me back to my childhood. Yours are beautiful and very special I know.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous Leedra.. I love seeing them in huge clumps like that. Your Granny Sorrell is smiling down on you!!!! Actually she is smiling through the Daffodils, isn't she????

Dad Adams gave us some of the little ones when we moved here. They should be blooming soon.

Have a great Sunday.
Hugs,
Betsy

The Early Birder said...

The 'Yellow Brick Road' - a fabulous sight Leedra.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful flowers and an awesome way to remember your Grandma.
Blessings,Ruth

Connie said...

They are pretty.

Rose said...

I bet those are just wonderful to see in person.

Kallen305 said...

Gorgeous!! I love how they are all in clusters!

Susie said...

That is beautiful! I'm glad you your granny's bulbs. I wish I had some of my grandmothers plants.

Shellmo said...

That's an impressive row of daffodils - and even more special since they came from your granny!
P.S. Did you get my envelope?

ivars krafts said...

Beautiful, Leedra! Simply beautiful!

Red said...

That's amazing Leedra... I can't imagine your all that work your Granny did to get it all around her farm yard! Lots of work, but all the smiles it must have created... like yours :) Beautiful and so glad you took the photos and shared.

Oz Girl said...

They are beautiful! I love daffodils, and tulips... I had bunches of them growing at my house in Ohio. I hope to plant some here in Kansas this fall.subas

Connie said...

I can not imagine all the work. I hope they hold their bloom a long time for you - they certainly are showy now!

Mary said...

How beautiful to have so many! I have a few small clumps here and there, but may never live long enough for them to spread this much :-) I just love flowers in great masses like this!

George said...

What beautiful daffodils! It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it (at least as far as I'm concerned!).

Karen said...

Nothing to me says Spring like a daffodil. I've taken a few photos myself. Just can't resist them. :)

Pam said...

These are beautiful and you can tell spring was just around the corner.

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