Those dandy daffodils |

Those dandy daffodils

With longer, warmer days, roadsides are ablaze with color once again as thousands of daffodils make their annual springtime appearance.

Since 1989, the Nevada County Master Gardeners have been planting daffodils along the Golden Center Freeway between Nevada City’s Sacramento Street exit and Grass Valley’s McKnight Way.

About 3,000 to 4,000 bulbs are planted every December by master gardener volunteers, according to the Placer-Nevada Counties University of California Cooperative Extension.

“We’ve planted in the rain. We’ve planted in the snow,” said volunteer master gardener Ellen Daischer.

In past years, crews from Washington Ridge Conservation Camp have assisted in the planting.

The main thoroughfares of Penn Valley are also golden this time of year, coinciding with the community’s 8th annual Daffodil Run on Sunday, April 6.

“It’s a beautiful time of year in Penn Valley,” said Julie Frenzel, president of the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce. Last year the chamber teamed up with the Penn Valley Youth Chamber to plant 4,000 bulbs.

One of the earliest indicators of spring, daffodils are the ideal choice for sunny areas where summer irrigation is absent, Daischer said. Trumpet blooms last two to three weeks, depending on the weather.

Daffodils have become popular choices for roadside beautification efforts.

“We don’t have to do much with them ” just enjoy them,” Frenzel said.

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