Daffodils and a Late Spring

Daffadils 2009

Daffadils at Yellow Wood

Spring seems to be struggling to reach us, with only a few really warm days and mostly cloudy, cold weather.  I know we can still have frost this time of year, and we did need the rain, but the gardeners are getting impatient!  Somehow I managed to get the flower beds at our house all mulched, so I am ready to plant more perenials and summer annuals any time!

We are currently enjoying the bountiful daffodils our hill is famous for.  Unfortunately, most of our tulips succumbed to the ravages of either the moles or the hungry deer, who ate the young plants before they could bloom. But I have been pleased with the display of daffodils, including Dutch Master, Chromocolor, Replete and Ice Follies that I planted last year.  It was also nice to see the tete-a-tete, Winston Churchill and Mount Hoods from years past.  But our display pales in comparison to that at the Goethe Link Observatory, about 1/2 mile from our house.  Since Mrs. Link passed away about three years ago, we were afraid the daffodils would not be cared for and eventually die out.  Much to our surprise and pleasure, we found her large cultivated field and wooded areas to have even more blooms that we remembered from before!  We were lucky to visit on Easter evening, when someone from the Indiana Daffodil Society was present, handing out leaflets on daffodil culture.  The Society has been tending the daffodils and dividing them, spreading their beautiful colors throughout the front of the property.  We were so glad that they are taking on this task.  The gates to the Observatory are open when someone from the Society is there, and the public is welcome to walk through the daffodils, although no picking is allowed.  Our only disappointment was that we could not longer walk back through the rest of Mrs. Link’s property, which has a pond and many specimen plantings.  Still it was a treat to visit and a nice destination for us on our daily walks.

We found out that the New York Times reprinted a 1981 article written about the Observatory and the daffodils, and this has brought more visitors to see them this year.  The grounds should be open throughout the daffodil season, but the gates may open on a hit or miss basis.  Most likely weekends during the day are your best bet if you want to visit.  Although our llama farm is are not staffed for public visits, a drive down Observatory and left turn on Goat Hollow Road will bring you past our llama pastures, on both sides of the road.  More daffodils and spring flowers can be viewed at our neighbor’s beautiful gardens from the road as well.

For more information on the Observatory, try these links:

http://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/01/travel/a-flowering-of-daffodils-in-indiana.html?sec=travel

http://scican3.scican.net/preservation/Most_Endangered.htm

laura

Christmas Day Computer Crash!

After a wonderful holiday get-together with our extended family, I came back into the computer room to check my email and found that my computer was DEAD!  We think the power supply is gone, and have a new one on order.  If that does not fix it, we are in trouble!  I want to notify anyone who has emailed me since 2-3 days before Christmas until now, December 26, that your email is lost.  Please, please resend it!  I have email now working on another computer, but we have lost all the emails sent during the 2-3 days before Christmas.  I know there were a couple of pending messages that I did not get to with our Christmas visitors here and all the celebration etc.  Please, everyone who has emailed me, resend your email!

I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and will have a Happy New Year in 2009!

laura

The Grinch Stole Christmas!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Parade)

With the help of the llamas from Roxywood Farm in Tennessee, the Grinch made an appearance at the annual Christmas Parade and stole the show…including a Best in Show Trophy! Congrats to Rebecca and Roxy Wood and the help of their friends and llamas…what costumes they came up with! We should all get in the spirit of Christmas like this!

Cooper goes to a new Home!

cooper-with-hat_web_300.jpgCongrats to Roxanne and Rebecca Wood of Roxywood Llamas in Tennesse on the purchase of YW Cooper!  Out of Star Adonis and Bardo’s Gypsy, Cooper will become a large and big-boned testament to his parents.  He has always had an outgoing nature, and plans are underway for Roxanne to train Cooper for obstacles and PR work.  We think the two of them will make a great team!  He took to wearing his hat like it was second nature, and has parades and a visit to Ag Day already on his schedule.  Good luck with him and keep us posted!

laura

Thank you to Everyone

Fred and I want to thank everyone for their kind condolences on our loss of Lewis in September.  We’ve had many dear friends send both emails and special cards, and other rememberances.  One gentleman that we have never met sent a donation in memory of Lewis to the Oklamahoma State University Veterinary Hospital.

Many of you have met Lewis during his brief years with us, while many more of you have only read his story online.  He was a courageous llama that taught us so much about life and happiness and overcoming adversity.  His memory will be with us always, and the many thoughts and prayers from his “fan club” and our friends have indeed helped us handle his passing.

Laura