In Redding, CT, one of the most beautiful sights that I look forward to seeing each spring, is a local landmark, a large field that perennially brims with gorgeous, blooming daffodils.

After years of doing drive-bys, I finally decided to pull over to take a closer look. Property owner, 99-year old Bud McQuade, waved me in and greeted me warmly. This awe-inspiring gardener told me that over the course of 30 years, he’s planted over 50,000 bulbs. I really wanted to know what his secret was for successfully creating such a lush field, and he said, “After they bloom, I take a “lady’s shovel”, thrust it into the ground, right under the plant, and add more bulbs. On a good day, I can plant up to 200 bulbs an hour!”

I shot a little video that I just had to share with you. I hope that you’ll be inspired too!

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora

  • Absolutely gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful place with us Nora!

  • I lived in Redding for eight years and looked forward to this every year, too. I drove by last weekend, for the first time in a few years, and was delighted to see this field still blossoming as beautiful as ever. So it’s fun to see your post and learn about this labor of love.

  • fantastic floral flash!

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