Fun, Fun, Fun!

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Wow! Was that an amazing Independence Day Celebration at Lake Lottawata? What fun! I think there were probably a tired bunch of kiddos crawling into bed a bit late on July 4th. What fun we all had. And it was exciting for me to get to talk with some visitors from around the state! One couple from St. Louis who was staying at Maisson Narcisse told me that she had never been to Daffodil Township before but this certainly would not be her last visit! She was quite emphatic about that! I told her about some of our celebrations and fun times coming up and she was especially interested in the Coffee & Clues Weekend sponsored by The Book House.

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

Fireworks at Lake Lottawata (photo courtesy of the Daffodil Gazette)

In other news … we’re going to have a new shop opening soonish! I don’t want to giveaway too much, but it should be a hit! I’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, enjoy the summer. Be careful of rising waters in all the streams, creeks, and rivers. It gets very dangerous very quickly. When in doubt, be safe!

I hope you’re looking forward to our guest bloggers. We’re finalizing the line-up and it has a little something for everyone. Look for the first guess bloggers nearer to the end of July.


Happy Independence Day!

What a great start to my morning! I stopped by Daffodil Baking Company for a “Red, White, & Blue Breakfast” – oh, my was it yummy! American grown everything! From the wheat that made the flour to the blueberries in the muffins, the delicious local strawberries, and the beautiful blue Fiestaware dishes Richard used this morning to serve customers. Hooray for the USA! 🙂

I hope to see many of you out at Lake Lottawata this afternoon and evening. I know the Daffodillies have been practicing non-stop whenever the weather has permitted and since I popped in on one of their practices, I can tell you – the show this evening will be amazing!

And I am SO excited for the fireworks tonight! Be sure to stay for the Grand Finale!

Be safe, be aware – and don’t forget your sunscreen! Happy Independence Day!!

A patriotic breakfast from Daffodil Baking Company

A patriotic breakfast from Daffodil Baking Company

Rainy Daze!

So far we’ve had another wet summer, haven’t we? And all this rain (and more rain ~ and even more rain!) is giving folks a few headaches…seems like we’re in a bit of a DAZE!

With all the creeks and streams around the Township running high, please remember: NEVER drive into water over a road. NEVER wade into a flooded waterway. The current can be much swifter than it looks!

Waterways are flooding around Daffodil Township

Waterways are flooding around Daffodil Township

Be safe!

AND – keep your fingers crossed for bright and sunny weather for the Summer Solstice Celebration this Sunday! Check the Daffodil Gazette for details!


Welcome to Missouri Heat & Humidity!

But we Daffodilians have never let anything stop us yet and we’re not about to start now!

Beautiful columbine

Beautiful columbine

So put on your sunscreen and get out and about in town! I’ll write about some of our upcoming events soon, but right now I want to let you in on a little news:

We’re going to have some guest bloggers on our Daffodil Township website! I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time and discussed the possibility with the Township Council and they agree. So if you have ideas about what you would enjoy reading about in Daffodil Township or someone you would like to hear from directly, let me know! We’re still in the planning stages, but right now we’re thinking maybe some specific ideas about gardening and and history and books and maybe some baking and cooking ideas. What do YOU think?

Meanwhile ~ back to my garden!

PS – Be sure to stay hydrated out there, folks!

Beautiful Spring!

Acting Mayor of Daffodil Township: Paula Smith

Acting Mayor of Daffodil Township: Paula Smith

Hello, again! 🙂

It HAS been a beautiful spring, hasn’t it? The perfect combination of sunshine and rain has gotten the gardens around town off to a great start.

So if you’re anything like me, you have been enjoying our wonderful weather and balmy breezes around the Township! But please, as spring rolls into summer, don’t forget:

Safety First!

I know I might sound like a nagging mother, but as Daffodil Township’s Acting Mayor, I want to remind everyone:

  • Sunscreen!
  • Insect repellent ~ and always check for ticks!
  • Keep hydrated
  • Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • Always watch children in pools and lakes ~ and be aware of the needs of others if you see swimmers getting tired.
  • Don’t leave pets in cars
  • Drive safely

Daffodilians are wonderful folks who are always ready with a helping hand…don’t hesitate to ask. And enjoy the summer!

Oh…and send in your garden photos so I can share them in this blog!

Beautiful Weather

Wildflowers: Spring Beauty

Wildflowers: Spring Beauty

I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am enjoying the outdoors! As you may have seen in the Daffodil Gazette, most of our daffodils around the Township are finishing their blooms…with a few late daffs hanging on. However, the Park Board decided to stick to the posted schedule for the Daffodil Walks for the next two weekends so everyone can enjoy the other numerous blooming plants throughout town.

Our walks have been a huge success! So what is blooming now? Wildflowers! Lilacs! Tulips! And, yes…some daffodils!


Late blooming daffodils....

Late blooming daffodils….


Wonderful Walks!

We have had some absolutely beautiful Daffodil Walks this spring! We have had a marvelous turnout for every walk ~ what a wonderful time visiting with friends and neighbors as we enjoy the great outdoors. I just HAD to share some photos I took over the weekend on the Saturday walks. Enjoy!

Oh, and the Park Board will decide about the rest of the Daffodil Walks this spring. Please check the Daffodil Gazette for an update on the status of the rest of the walks for this spring.

Daffodils  with viburnum "Korean Spicebush" in Daffodil Township Park

Daffodils with viburnum “Korean Spicebush” in Daffodil Township Park

"Tahiti" daffodils on the Daffodil Walk....

“Tahiti” daffodils on the Daffodil Walk….

Daffodil in Daffodil the Memorial Gardens

Daffodil in Daffodil the Memorial Gardens

Daffodils, Daffodils, Daffodils!

Pink and white daffodils

Pink and white daffodils

Daffodils are everywhere these days, aren’t they? I hope you’re not sick of seeing them … or pictures of them … because I simply HAD to share some photos! As I was passing by Vintage Violet yesterday Lauralee called me in because she knew I didn’t have many pink daffodils growing in my gardens. Look what she gave me! Aren’t they gorgeous? I know this lovely bouquet includes one called Pink Charm, but I can’t remember some of the other names. Like many Daffodilians, Lauralee and Tanner order many of their new bulbs in bulk from Van Engelen, Inc. I was just perusing the website and found several I want to add to my wish list for the fall! Lauralee said she wants to try a pink split cup narcissus for next year ~ sounds beautiful!

Enjoy your day! Hope to see you at one or more of the Daffodil Walks! 🙂

Daffodil Walks

Ice Follies daffodil

Ice Follies daffodil

What beautiful Daffodil Walks we’ve been having in the Township! tomorrow should be another banner day for the walks! Our morning walk starts at Red Oak one block down from Main AND I am so pleased to be hosting Saturday’s park walk in the Memorial Gardens of Smith & Smith Funeral Services.

Many of you know that this business has been in my family for generations – and the Memorial Garden has been part of it since the beginning. It is a beautiful experience to walk among the memorials of our ancestors, knowing that we continue their traditions and carry their values with us.

The Park Walk begins at 9:30AM and the Residential Walk begins at 6:00PM. If you haven’t seen the daffodils in Daffodil Township yet you don’t know what you’re missing. They are stunning!

Happy Spring, Everyone!! 🙂

Daffodils in Daffodil Township

Daffodils in Daffodil Township

Our Big News…Finally!!

For those of you who may have missed our news…last June we found out that Daffodil Township was among a group of small towns that were finalists to be the subject of a documentary about “Small Town, USA” – AND we found out in early fall that we ARE the subjects!

What does all this mean? Filmmakers have been in town off and on since early last fall – it’s been a wonderful experience for Daffodil Township – but we’ve had to keep some of our local news a bit quiet. The filmmakers don’t want to spoil some surprises that might be in the documentary!

To see the original announcement of our “Finalist” position, you can watch the Public Forum from last summer when I announced it (at the end of the meeting.)

Many thanks to all Daffodilians for your patience!