So I guess it follows that I, now a Westchester resident, am mad for daffodils, the more the better. These harbingers of Spring shine brightly for a few weeks then slip back to their earthly abode only to return the next year. And I yearn to create hillsides of daffodils much as I saw in that photo.....
So when I had the opportunity years hence, I suggested to my village that we plant the steep hillside along a main road by our high school with thousands of yellow Dutch Master daffodils. They agreed and, under the auspices of the Croton Conservation Advisory Commission, and with the generous help of Chase Bank (thank you Jon Goplerud), citizens came out one October morning and planted 3,000 bulbs.
What a glorious outpouring of volunteers! It was in October 2001 and was our way to remember those who perished on 9-11.
Everyone showed up. We planted Dutch Master, a yellow Trumpet daffodil that is the successor to the 'King Alfred' as an all-around best Daffodil. The bright blooms, with petals drawn forward, are ideal for naturalizing on a hill and flowers in early to midseason.
The result? Well, see for yourself!
and from that year forward, the good people of Croton on Hudson have continued to plant their daffodils...this is their latest spot: