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Sally Snipes On Daffodils

The Julian News of Julian, California

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What does it take to grow an award-winning daffodil? Gardeners of all ages are invited to join us at the Julian Library and find out!

On Saturday, October 24, at 11:00 AM, the Julian Branch Library will host Sally Snipes for a program about Daffodils. Snipes is known around Julian as the Daffodil Lady as she has been planting daffodil bulbs publicly around Julian for the past 25 years. She coordinates the purchases and public plantings in November and December that beautify Julian each spring. Over 1 million bulbs have been planted in Julian and Wynola through this project.

At this program, you will also learn about the different categories of daffodils, how they are judged, and how you can win a prize for growing daffodils in one of the more unusual categories. Start planning now for the annual Daffodil Show is scheduled for March 12-13, 2016 with entries to be submitted on Friday, March 11. Kids are welcome and are encouraged to enter their daffodils for the kids' category of the contest.

The Bulb of the Year for 2016 "Golden Echo" will be offered for sale at the talk. This daffodil has white petals and an elongated golden cup. The gold seeps into the petals to give a halo effect, hence the echo in the name. Emblazoned by the sun, this fragrant hybrid is glistening creamy-white with a sunny golden halo around the base of its amazingly long, brilliant yellow, stovepipe trumpet. Flowers are often borne two per stem and are long lasting and very fragrant.

The appeal of daffodils lies in their beauty and durability. Their flowers come in a range of colors (yellow, of course, but white, too, often with contrasting cups of orange or pink) and in a variety of shapes and sizes. They bring the spark of life to the early-spring landscape. Planted in a sunny location where the soil drains well, most daffodils are willing to come back year after year, their clumps increasing in size over time. Perhaps best of all, deer and rodents leave daffodils alone. That is because all daffodils contain a bitter poison called lycorine.

Whether you have heard Sally talk about daffodils before or this will be your first time, you will always learn something new and to come away with a new appreciation for the flower that has become a well-known symbol of Julian in early spring. Please join us at the Julian Library on Saturday, October 24, at 11:00 AM. The library is located at 1850 Hwy 78, Julian. For more information, call the library at 760-765-0370.

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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