During the Blizzard of ’78 my sister was in the hospital for some emergency surgery. Her later to be mother-in-law sent her a pot of daffodils – there were a dozen in the pot as I recall. Once they had died back they were planted in a border garden around the patio. Over the years they have naturalized to the point of hundreds. They are all over New England at this point. Everywhere I have had a garden they are now too numerous to count. They have been given away to friends and family in MA, VT, NH and CT. They are now in full bloom in Enfield, around the front of the house, along the driveway, in the perennial garden in the back yard. They are scattered all down the bank going into the back forty in Rowe. These amuse me most of all. For years my mother’s mulch pile was over that bank. There was a stone wall there many years ago and it was completely grown in with trees. She would dig up things that she no longer wanted or bulbs were perhaps pulled along with the weeds – over the bank they would all go.
I have planted many plants in a perennial garden only to watch them migrate to where they really want to be. They will self seed in a sunnier or wetter spot and the original will die back. It’s no use trying to get them to grow where you want them to, they just grow where they are happy. That’s how I feel at times about being caught between Enfield and Rowe, suburban and rural, noisy and quiet. I just want to be where it’s sunny and quiet. Then I think about those daffodils. They speak volumes about thriving where you are. It doesn’t mattered the soil type, the sunlight, the moisture – they all seem to like where they are and continue to multiply year after year. In my head I know that’s how it should be – thrive where you are – but some days (especially sunny spring ones) I just want to be in a quiet spot. Maybe transplanting daffodils.
Happy Earth Day – go dig in the dirt!