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Feb. 13, 2011: First open daffodil in Gradyville, KY!

Linda has made a unilateral decision for the Daffodil Board that this double daff is a counter, a winner. On February 13, 2011, in the Village of Gradyville, KY there a Daffodil has officially bloomed
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By Sharon Whitehurst
I can't provide photos of crocus such as one of your readers is longing to see.

The daffodils in the accompanying collage were evidently bravely (foolishly?) growing beneath their snowy quilt last week.

When we fought our way here from Wyoming, across Nebraska through a blizzard in March of 2010, it was an astonishment to see green grass when we crossed into Kentucky -and roadsides and hillsides glowing with half-open daffs.

Not sure I'll ever refer to them as "March lilies"-is that a widespread Southern label or more localized? -Sharon Whitehurst
The archives haven't been checked to see if this is the earliest date on record for Daffodils in Adair County. -CM

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Daffodil Diary: An official blooming February 13, 2011

2011-02-13 - Old Gradyville RD., Gradyville, KY - Photo by Sharon Whitehurst.
Maybe Gradyville just has a more Southern climate: But for some reason, it's happened. "This is big," Linda Waggener, officially decreed. "This is a double bloom old fashioned March Lily," she said, in making a decision to call this blossom the First Official Daffodil bloom on CM for the year 2011. What this means is that the Daffodil Watch is now raised to a Yellow Alert. We'll be hoping for photos of singles, artistic clumps, and covered hills like they have in Russell County, soon. Daffodils are called March Lilies in Sulphur Well, KY, where abide many members of a strange subculture which puts Miracle Whip on only one slice of white bread when making a sandwich. -EW

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