True to their mission of improving their community, Jackson Rotarians have been hard at work last week, planting half of their planned 4,000 daffodil bulbs at the Jackson Vista Point. These beautiful, yellow-and-white flowers have drawn attention since their initial planting, and are a spectacular sight to see when in full bloom during Spring.

“Four years ago, we planted 10,000 bulbs over two days,” Rick Sprenkel, President of Jackson Rotary, explained. “We had about 100 volunteers, 60 on Saturday and 40 on Sunday, a lot of community involvement. This time around, we have about 20 volunteers and it looks like we will plant about 2,400 of the 4,000 bulbs we are slated to plant. We knew where to plant them based off looking at photos from the last couple years that showed where nothing grew, so we are filling in the gaps. 

A sign on the Jackson Rotary Trailer explains, in part, how to plant daffodil bulbs: pick up a bag of bulbs, and make sure they are firm, not mushy. Plant bulbs 6-8 inches deep with the pointy side up, cover with soil and repeat with another bulb, 3-6 inches away from the first. “We are planting more daffodils, 4,000 of them - hopefully it will be even more beautiful now, when they are in bloom. Our problem last time was the drought, which unfortunately took some of the bulbs, so we are replanting them and then some. It will be beautiful in the Spring.”

“The ground is not receptive today, and we don’t have enough volunteers, so we aren’t even going to try to finish all of the planting today,” Rick smiled. “Saturday is our next plant, volunteers are welcome and needed. You can call me at (209) 296-2771, or just show up! We will start planting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. It’s easy to plant daffodils, even the little ones can do it.”

Join the Jackson Rotary Club tomorrow, November 16, at 9 a.m. at the Jackson Vista Point to help with the planting of 4,000 daffodil bulbs, which will regrow year after year. Volunteers are welcome and needed, call Jackson Rotary President Rick Sprenkel at 209-296-2771 for more information, or just drop by to help out.