Seeing yellow in the Poconos

This time of the year is just one of the best in the Poconos because we see masses of yellow in our neighborhoods, along the roads and even lined up on the highway.

Talk about a showcase.

Forsythia bushes provide ribbons of color with their beautiful sweeping shape. One of my favorite spots is actually along 4-lane 209 heading north before Shafers Schoolhouse Road. It’s almost enough to make me smile as I drive to the office.

I lost a few daffodils in the cold weather Monday night, but more are popping out in their place. The eternal flower of hope grows just about anywhere and smells just a little funny so deer often stay away. Notice, I did not say deer-proof. Anyone in the Poconos will attest that there is no such thing.

Linda Acosta of Bushkill shared this photo of daffodils in pots to light up her deck. Want to know how to grow daffodils in pots? Take this tip from the National Daffodil Society.

I was pleased to see daffodils popping up in the triangle in front of the Gilbert cemetery. That spot of land is maintained by a West End community organization. For a year or so it was in disarray. So glad to see it back.

Daffodils can grow anywhere.

I got a notice today from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission about a  Bucks Beautiful program shepherded by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. Bulbs planted in the fall have sprouted  in the area of the Scudder Falls (I-95) Bridge and the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) Toll Bridge.

A total of 54,000 bulbs were planted at the New Hope location (the bridge is in Solebury Township) and 45,000 bulbs were planted at the Scudder Falls location, which is in Lower Makefield Township. The bulbs were planted at no cost to Commission toll payers as part of the Bulbs for Bucks initiative being carried out by Bucks Beautiful.

So far, 340,000 daffodils have been planted in Bucks County. In 2010, 40,000 bulbs were planted along the Route 611 Bypass around Doylestown. Last year, another 300,000 bulbs were planted under a “Color Along the Canal.”

Wow.

We would love to hear more about your organization’s programs in community areas to keep the Poconos beautiful. Drop me a line at mgouger@poconorecord.com.

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