Friday, November 14, 2014

Planting hope...

Community "Growning Together" beautification site
Community "Growning Together" site - Spring 2014

November 10, 2014 blew in with sunny skies and windy warm breezes, along with 120 high school students, eager to plant thousands of daffodil bulbs!!! With shovels digging, bulbs being sent under the ground, and smiles from energetic youth, the day flew by quickly! The planting site is located directly across of the high school campus along Missouri Highway 19.

High School Students ready to plant daffodils
High School students eager to plant daffodil bulbs.
This was the setting for the “Growing Together” beautification planting site in Owensville, MO at the High School. Planting began in 2011, and has continued under the sponsorship of the Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society, Gasconade County Master Gardener’s and Sherry Bryam’s horticulture students.

Students receiving planting instructions
Students receiving bulb planting instructions.
The Missouri Dept. of Transportation has a beautification program that fits the growing habits of daffodils. The highway department mows half of the right-of-way in early summer, so we plant on the other half, which is mowed in late summer, giving the bulbs time needed to restore energy.

Students planting daffodils in Owensville, MO
Students are busy planting daffodils at Community beautification site.
Students planting daffodils at community site
Another set of students at the planting site.

During the winter, students may soon forget the day spent on that beautiful November day, but come spring, the daffodils blooming will bring them back to that day as a reminder of how easy it is to bring color into their world.

More students digging and planting
More students digging and planting daffodil bulbs
Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

By Cindy Haeffner, President, Greater Saint Louis Daffodil Society
Member of Gasconade County Master Gardeners

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