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Camden and daffodils

February 16, 2016

Camden is becoming quite famous for their annual daffodil festival. This will the 23rd annual event with even more festivities and gardens to tour. camden daffodil festival 16 (3)

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It was a beautiful day for a drive, and I got to see more deer as I drove south to Camden (and I saw even more on the drive home). The Ouachita, Union, Calhoun and Dallas county training was held in a nice new building in Camden. They had a great class and along with their seasoned MGs there was a feast of food for lunch before the training started. mg training ouachita (1)

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mg training ouachita (6) Lots of note-taking and many questions before I left for the day.

After teaching I went by one of the stops on the daffodil tour–Oakland, the home of Amanda and Bob Wunnenberg and the sixth generation of this family to live on this site.oakland farm camden.1601

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oakland farm camden.1609 The thousands of daffodils were in all stages of growth, some just emerging and others in full bloom. daffodils feb16 (2)

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They should still have plenty of flowers for the festival which is March 11 & 12.
I also got to step inside history and look inside their home. This is a sword passed down from many generations which had been stuck in a tree, and the tree actually started growing around the hilt! Amazing. oakland farm camden.1613

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An old tree that had decayed they turned into a planteroakland farm camden.1611 and a table and chairs. oakland farm camden.1610

It was a nice drive home and around Sheridan I saw a spectacular sunset. sunset feb16 (2)

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sunset feb16 (7)sunset feb16 (1) Beautiful night sky. It was dark by the time I hit Little Rock.

The mystery plant from yesterday had a ton of guesses. mystery plantfeb14.16It was a viburnum – not a common one in these parts, but it is commonly called chindo viburnum – Viburnum awabuki. It is evergreen, unlike most of our doublefile and snowball types which are deciduous. It can have small clusters of white flowers which are fragrant, and then set red berries. It will grow in sun or shade and makes a good hedge plant up to 15 feet tall. I first saw it at the Raulston Arboretum in NC. Nice plant, but not considered 100% hardy in NW Arkansas. This picture came from a garden in Marion, Arkansas.

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