Family Heirlooms: Daffodils, Spitting Plants, and More

Readers share tales of treasured family plants.

| Summer 2019

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Mother’s Daffodils

My mother raised many types of flowers and was an avid gardener, working the soil in her vegetable, perennial, and annual gardens. Most of all, she planted spring bulbs, including crocuses, hyacinths, and daffodils.

In 1963, the Missouri farm we lived on was bought for the Truman Dam’s 100-year flood plain. It was both heartbreaking and exciting. The 120 acres became part of the Brush Creek State Wildlife Management Area.

Today, you can cut southwest off state Highway C just east of Brush Creek and stop in a parking lot where our house was located. Dotted over the landscape are daffodils that once stood like soldiers in a row beside our pasture fence. Now scattered, they’re spreading towards the Little Branch and the cattle pasture that’s full of walnut trees.

Early in April, we enjoy heading to the farm site to walk our childhood trails. Along the way, we pick daffodils and think of Mother. Who knows how many have starts from her 75-year-old bulbs? We cherish the memories that bloom with the flowers each spring. 

Rebecca Dockum



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