4th Annual Mother Lode Show Results
Below are the results
of 4th Annual Mother Lode Show held March 13 & 14 and hosted by Kautz Ironstone Vineyard.
This show results information is presented in the following format:
Some of the daffodils have multiple colored petals and cups, so you will see more than one color identified between the dashes. For more information about the classification of daffodils see Classification Definitions.
ROSE RIBBON -
Sdlg D441, 2Y-R, Ben Hager
MINI GOLD RIBBON - 15-86-1437 10W-W, Nancy Wilson
MINI WHITE RIBBON - Kokopelli 7Y-Y, Bob Spotts
MINI ROSE RIBBON
- Sdlg 15-86-1437, (white N. cantabricus hybrid of
Intermediate Award - Sdlg 99-48-1, 2W-WWP (Sophie Girl x Snipe), Bob Spotts
Small Grower Award - Pops Legacy, 1W-Y, Nancy Tackett
Historic Daffodil Award - Orange Queen 7O-O, Kirby Fong
Standard Container Grown Award - Falstaff 2Y-R, Richard Hunt
Miniature Container Grown Award - Tete-a-Tete 12Y-Y, Kirby Fong
Species Container Grown Award - N. bulbocodium nivalis 13Y-Y, Nancy Wilson
SILVER RIBBON (most blues) - Bob Spotts with 40 blue ribbons
LAVENDER RIBBON - Bob Spotts
RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon - Sid DuBose
Comments from Bob Spotts, Show Chairman
The setting was nearly perfect and the weather was wonderful.
The result was a most pleasurable daffodil show and weekend in beautiful, unique
surroundings! The country vineyards setting had many thousands of naturalized
daffodils blooming along the road to the winery and everywhere on the grounds. The
buildings and grounds are intended to be the most beautiful winery complex in the
State. Good food and wine was available at the deli and tasting room in the building
two levels above the show.
At the winery there were four hundred half-barrels of daffodils along the walkways. Each barrel had been brought to full bloom by the skilled winery's grounds staff (kudos to Tracey Ellifritz and Larry Ringland). These displays were so breathtaking many visitors thought these were the show and some never got to the show floor itself! Just try to visualize a barrel of 'Innovator 4O-O' with at least 50 blooms open in full color.
The show itself was staged on the winery (lower) working floor, in front of entry to the storage caves and next to the enormous fermenting tanks. It was a very effective area for display. The area was cool and the flowers responded by maintaining their substance throughout both days. The exhibitors dressed warmly while staging and occasionally retreated to the numerous propane reflective heaters placed for the purpose. The coffee pots were continually replenished. Every need anticipated and provided by Chris Gomez of the KIV staff.
The Northern California Daffodil Society Show was an integral part
of the KIV's Spring Festival of Daffodils and Wine. With good publicity and wine-tasting
available, there were good crowds both days. On Saturday, the nearby town of Murphys held
its annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration and a bus shuttled visitors between the town
Of course, we heard over and over" "I never knew daffodils could look like these!"
The Calaveras County Wine
Association provided bottles of wine as prizes to the winners. KIV supplied the NCDS
exhibitors and volunteers with wine Friday evening and Saturday lunch. The support given
by the winery staff was extraordinary.
The cooperation and effort of NCDS members requires
special mention. Maureen and Tom Handley from London England (yes, England!), Nancy
and Gene Cameron from Newberg Oregon, Jan Moyers of San Rafael CA, Jane and Rich
Hunt from Plymouth CA, Anna Rawls and Anna Fine from Livermore CA, Nancy Tackett from
Martinez CA, Rich Nolette from Napa CA, Dian and Mike Keesee from Fortuna CA, and Stan
Baird from Blue Lake CA - all came with few or no blooms from their own gardens and
pitched in to stage the blooms brought from gardens in that were in bloom.
As a result of their work the flowers of Sid DuBose and
Ben Hager got their just rewards! This was especially meaningful because although his
seedlings are having a spectacular year, Ben is in frail health and cannot transport
flowers to the show or stage them. Ben is beaming at the results! Watch for future
releases of Hager cultivars.
The Northern California Daffodil Society held its second show of this season last weekend at Kautz Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, California. Murphys is one of the little historic towns from the Gold Rush era of the Mother Lode country.
The winery at the vineyard is a very modern facility with banquet facilities, museum, and gift shop. Owner John Kautz loves daffodils and has planted thousands of them throughout the property and along the road sides. The public areas were decorated with countless containers of blooming daffodils. These were mostly 15 gallon cans, but there were some 5 gallon cans and some half barrels. Most of these daffodils were garden varieties available in large quantities, but I did see one 5 gallon pot and one 15 gallon pot full of Innovator which Harold mentioned in his posting.
The daffodil show was located in the "cave" of the winery.
This is the lowest floor where the fermentation tanks are. As the winery is built on a
hillside, the cave is actually open to the outdoors on one side. KIV was interested
in having a daffodil show to complement their spring festival and provided us excellent
logistical support. If you couldn't attend this year's show, you should come
in 2000 on March 18 and 19. KIV is sponsoring the visit of a major daffodil
personality. I won't steal Bob Spotts' thunder by telling you who it is, but I can assure
you if you hadn't planned on coming, this will change your mind!
Comments from visiting judge Harold Koopowitz, Irvine California
Saw some interesting flowers at the NCDS show last weekend. Among
Comments from visiting judge Steve Vinisky, Sherwood Oregon
One thing that I found outstanding and unique was the
physical location of the Daffodil Show at Kautz Ironstone Vineyards. The
"cave" Kirby's post mentioned serves as a wine aging room. As mentioned it is
open to the air at one end. The "cave" is lined with two story high, stainless
steel wine tanks that are kept at about 40 degrees ( some higher, some lower ). At one end
is a large wall of wine barrels arranged in a traditional solera. The inside of the
walls have been finished to look like a cave sort of like at Disneyland.
Applause to all the NCDS Members for developing a new Daffodil Show in what may be one of the most ideal settings I have ever seen!
Photos by Ben Blake and Nancy Tackett
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Updated May 18, 2003