Keith Kridler, Texas


March 7, 2008

Categories: Daffodil Types, Miniatures

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Jumblie is another of those really hardy daffodils. This is from a bulb I dropped in my back yard about 15 years ago. It MIGHT be one of the bulbs that we caught Shawn throwing when he was playing Tee Ball back in Kindergarten.
He was ALL the time sneaking into the garage and then running to the back door of the plant room or to the garage door and taking the bulb and throwing it as hard as he could out into the yard or back field…..At first we thought he was practicing his throwing arm for baseball till I realized he was COPYING ME!
You know we had all these REALLY expensive cultivars dug up and drying in the racks and when you went through them over the spring and summer months you would find bulbs you paid $12.00 for that were all soft and mushy…..I would grab that @#&% rotten bulb, walk to the back door and scream like I was a discus thrower in the Olympics as I HURLED the rotten bulb as far over the fence line as possible.
Anyway Shawn grew up helping us clean and sort bulbs. When he was too young to really be of much help he would sit on one side of the big tray of bulbs and act like he was helping sort out the rotten bulbs. He would pick up about 10 bulbs in a row and put them in the far end of the tray with all of the good, clean bulbs….. Then about every 10 bulbs he would pick one up, inspect it really close then mumble DAM MITT and toss the bulb in the trash bucket…..It did NOT matter if the bulb was good or bad……
There is NO telling what our kids and grand kids tell their 1 st grade teachers about US! Keith Kridler

One response to “Jumblie”

  1. Edith Godfrey says:

    What a fun family recollection, Keith! I roared! Thank you for the daily dose of laughter. Do you think there could be a daffodil name in here somewhere? Shawn’s Dam Mitt? Edie Godfrey Minnesota 7 below zero F. last night. We are 2 feet behind on snowfall amounts for the winter, but we have had snow on the ground continuously since Dec. 1st without a major mid-January “thaw” to melt it away. This bodes well for every bulb in the ground as the snow insulates the ground and keeps the sun’s rays from warming up the soil only to have the cold nights freeze it again and kill the bulbs with indecision.