Stop and smell the daffodils in Maine

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May 5, 2008, 6:31 pm
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(Amy Sinclair, NECN: Saco, Maine) - Spring is especially sweet along the Saco River in Maine. NECN's Amy Sinclair explains why. Script: This sloping spot along the Saco River is lovely year round, but early May is its shining moment...when it's blanketed in a breathtaking display of yellow daffodils. Long before the trees leaf out and lawns commit to going green, these daffodils shoot straight for the sun on their slender stalks. Unlike the more tentative crocus, daffodils herald the true arrival of spring..a signal to bees to get busy.....a signal for the rest of us to slow down and notice what nature is up to. You may be surprised to learn that this spot is in a cemetery...Laurel Hill Cemetery started planting bulbs more than 50 years ago to attract more people to this beautiful spot along the Saco. No one knows exactly how many daffodils are growing here, but the cemetery's superintendent can say this... Bill: "We plant 14,000 a year. They should multiply if people don't pick them." These yellow calling cards have succeeded in their outreach mission….once a visitor discovers this place, they return in greater numbers..just like the daffodils. Peggy Simpson turned 100-years-old this year and she wouldn't dream of missing this. Peggy: "If it's been a long winter there's nothing like daffodils to get you renewed for life." Once the daffodils get a hold of you, you won't want to let go.

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