Jonquils in Ailey

but no onions in Vidalia??


I have heard Jonquils called “old-fashioned daffodils” they are slender in flower and leaf, not the spade-shaped leaf of today’s bigger ruffly-petalled variety. Although this website in Arkansas seems to indicate jonquils are what I know as the basic narcissus, a slightly smaller flower with multiple heads on each stem. I don’t know who is right, but these narcissus jonquils and the jonquils/old-fashioned daffodils are clearly close kin (maybe they are both Narcissus jonquillus) and, to be fair, they smell the very best of all the daffodil varieties I’ve seen.

At 8:30 at Rhodes Hall we all piled into T’s car and headed south on 75, around Macon and toward Savannah, our first stop was Ailey, Georgia. The unseasonable warm winter has made everything bloom at once, here it was mid-February and daffodils all over the state were in bloom, someone in Ailey seems to’ve had a thing for the Narcissus jonquillus, for they lined the sidewalks on the main drag to grand effect. We met with B, who introduced us to her renovated office in the tiny railroad town and to Xocai healthy chocolate (which is quite tasty though a little less creamy than bar of Super Dark Paul Newman—sorry, just finished that one) and then we were on to Vidalia and the McLemore Cottage where we proceeded to rid the house of an abundance of fake flowers. After a picnic lunch of peanut butter or pimiento cheese sandwiches, cole slaw, chips and Coke Zero (over which there was much discussion, better than diet coke but still tastes fake…), we hauled 2 truckloads of fake flowers and baskets to the dump and headed out of town. B took us by her husband’s family homeplace, which included an idyllic collection of farm buildings on the edge of pecan orchard, and drove us through a family cemetery and pointed us out of town on a hill that overlooked pastures of cows. T, trying to keep up with her (she had kidnapped M, so we felt obliged to follow close behind, after all, he’s our boss), could not slow down enough for me to get a good picture, but suffice to say, there’s some beautiful land down in Toombs and Montgomery counties.

We heard they’d just put the onion sets in the ground, but we didn’t see any. I had to make do with some Vidalia Onion dressing from the Soperton rest stop.

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