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


  1. Duanne on April 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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

  2. Jessie on April 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  3. Ron on April 3, 2016 at 7:14 am

    fantastic floral flash!

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