6th Annual Mother Lode Show
Below are the results
of 6th Annual Mother Lode Show held March 17th & 18th and hosted by Kautz Ironstone Vineyard.
Horticulture Show Statistics: 528 exhibits, 870 blooms, 21 exhibitors.
Artistic Arrangements: 37 arrangements and 15 exhibitors.
This show results information
is presented in the following format:
the identification of the
the name of the cultivar(s)
and possibly the division (a number from 1 thru 13) followed by the color of the petals, a
dash, and the color of the cup;
and the name of the
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.
GOLD RIBBON - 001-172, 5 Y-Y,
exhibited by Bob Spotts
WHITE RIBBON -
Francolin, 1Y-Y, exhibited by Bob Spotts
ROSE RIBBON - 001-172, 5 Y-Y, exhibited by Bob Spotts
MINI GOLD RIBBON - Mary Plumstead, 5Y-Y, exhibited by Bob Spotts
RIBBON - Snipe 6W-W, exhibited by Nancy Wilson
MINI ROSE RIBBON
- Sdlg # 001-M33, 7Y-Y, exhibited Bob Spotts
Intermediate Award - Sdlg # 001-114, 3O-R, exhibited
by Bob Spotts
JUNIOR AWARD - Tahiti, 4Y-O, exhibited by Miranda Fay
Small Grower Award
- Lemon Silk 6YYW-W, exhibited by Bill Scholz
Historic Daffodil Award
- Pencrebar 4Y-Y 1929,
exhibited Kirby Fong
Standard Container Grown Award - Phalarope 6W-Y, exhibited Kirby Fong
SILVER RIBBON - Bob Spotts with 36 Blue Ribbons
PURPLE RIBBON -Kirby Fong -Division 2 collection
- American Classic 2Y-WYY
- Dasher 2W-Y
- Kathleen Nightingale 2Y-YYO
- Homestead 2W-W
- Gold Mine 2Y-Y
LAVENDER RIBBON - Kirby Fong
- Bird Flight 6Y-Y
- Blynken 6Y-Y
- Picoblanco 2W-W
- Little Becky 12Y-Y
- Yimkin 2Y-Y
RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon - Bob
- Spotts 001-72 1Y-Y
- Spotts 001-126 1W-Y
- Spotts 001-186 2Y-O
- Spotts 001-57 2Y-Y
- Spotts 001-195 2W-P
Mini RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon - Bob Spotts
- Spotts 001-M1 7Y-Y
- Spotts 001-M5 7Y-Y
- Spotts 001-M15 7Y-Y
- Spotts 001-M2 7Y-Y
- Spotts 001-M8 7Y-Y
Watrous Award - Bob
- Kokopelli 7Y-Y
- Sun Disc 7Y-Y
- Xit 3W-W
- Yellow Xit 3W-Y
- Crevette 8W-O
- Sabrosa 7Y-Y
- Fairy Chimes 5Y-Y
- Mary Plumstead 5Y-Y
- Rikki 7Y-Y
- Moncorvo 7Y-Y
- Minnow 8W-Y
- Clare 7Y-Y
HAVENS AWARD - Bob Spotts
- Spotts 001-172 5Y-Y
- Spotts 001-62 7W-Y
- Spotts 001-175 7Y-O
- Spotts 001-199-1 8Y-Y
- Spotts 001-71 6Y-Y
- Spotts 001-116 8Y-O
- Spotts 001-92 8Y-O
- Spotts 001-90 5W-W
- Spotts 001-77 5W-W
- Spotts 001-99 6Y-Y
- Spotts 001-146 5W-Y
- Spotts 001-156 6Y-Y
Quinn Award - Bob Spotts (repeat)
- Honeybourne 2W-Y
- Finchcocks 2Y-R
- Spotts 001-73 1W-WPP
- Spotts 001-128 8Y-O
- Theorum 1W-Y
- Storyteller 8Y-O
- Solar Tan 3Y-R
- Geometrics 2W-Y
- Spotts 001-147 2Y-P
- Spotts 001-115 12WWG-GYY
- Aberfoyle 2Y-YOO
- Spotts 001-35 2W-OOY
- Glenwherry 3W-R
- Spotts 89-31-1 12G-GGY
- Colin's Joy 2W-GWR
- Spotts 001-189 3Y-O
- Spotts 001-188 3W-O
- Ferndown 3Y-Y
- Spotts 001-155 2Y-YOO
- Rapture 6Y-Y
- Spotts 001-139 3W-YOO
- Spotts 001-150 6Y-Y
- Glen Alladale 3W-WYO
- Spotts 001-99 6Y-Y
Comments from Bob Spotts, Show Chairman
An exhibitor always wishes for (1) good growing weather during the Spring,
(2) good picking weather for the days before the show, (3) peak bloom just
before show time, and (4) quality blooms. Damned if all these wishes
weren't granted this year for me! The result was a carload of good flowers
taken to the show at Kautz Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. I can remember
such fortuitous circumstances all happening only once before: in 1989 for
the ADS National Convention in San Francisco.
Our Northern California Daffodil Show is part of the "Spring Symphony of
Daffodils" festival at KIV. As such, we benefit from their publicity and
the resultant flood of visitors coming for the festival. The town of
Murphys nearby also has a major St Patrick's Day "Irish Days" celebration
on Saturday and shuttle buses run all day between downtown and the winery.
This obviously provides many more visitors. The show area was packed from
opening on Saturday morning to its close on Sunday afternoon. I would guess
that we get as large a walk-through crowd as any daffodil show in the US.
Now established, it behooves us to do effective planning to get more ADS
and NCDS members from show visitors.
This year, members of the local Calaveras County Garden Club provided an
Artistic Arrangements section. The exhibits were stunning! Judging was done
by Dian Keesee, currently an ADS Pacific Region Director. This coming
weekend Dian dons yet another hat as Show Chairman for the Fortuna Daffodil
Show. We anticipate being a Garden Clubs "Standard Flower Show" next year.
Murphys is in the Sierra foothills at an elevation of 2000'. The foothills
region is a prime climate for growing daffodils. Along the fields and
hillsides are many patches of daffodils growing from long abandoned
homestead/farm gardens; some date back over 100 years. We think one of the
local citizens has a patch of 'Twink' 4Y-O on her property dating from the
1930s. It would be challenging to try to validate that identification.
Three years ago this lady heard of our show and brought a bucketful of
blooms from this extensive patch. She returns with a bouquet each year!
It's the only daffodil she grows (actually she watches, nature grows it).
Our challenge is to turn the extensive flower interest of the locals toward
the NCDS and ADS.
This year, a hot show item was the Grant Mitsch catalog. As an experiment,
Elise Havens sent us a bunch of catalogs which we sold out within a couple
of hours. Next year, we must at least triple that order. Let's hope that
many of the folks who bought the catalogs follow-through with their
enthusiasm and buy bulbs. That will help us get local folks growing modern
daffodils! Next year, we'll solicit catalogs from the other growers too.
This year, we directed many people to the Internet Home Pages of ADS and
NCDS. If you didn't comprehend the wisdom and importance of changing the
ADS Home Page "URL" to "daffodilusa.org", it will become obvious when you
are telling people where to find us on the 'Net. The NCDS address is
"daffodil.org". Credit for reserving and implementing the Internet
addresses goes to Ben Blake and Nancy Tackett. Amazingly, I found that a
majority of the visitors had access to Internet. A silly oversight: we
didn't print the Home Page URLs on the schedule!
We experienced practical benefits from the ADS and NCDS Home Pages. One
plant-interested couple from several hundred miles away e-mailed me a
couple of days before the show. They were starting a two-week junket around
California and asked if they could HELP OUT at our show! They arrived
Friday at 2pm before I did, bustled into setting up the show, and stayed
until 10:30pm that evening! They filled test tubes from 4pm til 10pm! They
then returned on Saturday morning and CLERKED during the judging. All they
got for their efforts were lunch and a complimentary bottle of wine. They
said they had a great time; and were then off 300 miles south to see the
wildflower preserve in Antelope Valley. Daffodils followed by California
A professional plant propagator for a major California fruit-tree nursery
e-mailed us the week of the show. As a hobby, he is very interested in
applying his energies to daffodils. He wants to hybridize, but also has
facilities for meristeming which might be usable to cleanup some important
cultivars (eg, 'Eileen Squires' comes to mind). He came to the show on
Saturday and spent lunch and the afternoon with us. Bob Darling did a
exemplary job explaining the the basic time process involved in
hybridizing, the ADS relationship with hybridizers, and exploring useful
Yes, Bob Darling of Washington DC exhibited and judged at the show. He
brought a group of his miniature seedlings, which won its five-stem
miniature class. They were excellent. This is a side of Bob we we not aware
of on the West Coast. He also spent Saturday using his digital camera. We
were privileged to see the pictures on his laptop that evening after
dinner. Kudos Bob!
Gene and Nancy Cameron came for the third year! Portland to Murphys is a
700 mile drive! Gene and Nancy staged Sid DuBose's blooms. They also helped
set up the show - and were judges. Help we could hardly do without. Thanx
Gene and Nancy!
KIV is a near-perfect setting for a daffodil show. The surrounding area is
in bloom with naturalized daffodils. Contrasted by the pruned but dormant
vines, it is a remarkable landscape.
We had 21 exhibitors this year. That is a large number for an NCDS Show,
especially when you consider that most exhibitors had a several-hours drive
to get there and stayed overnight at local motels (which had to be reserved
ahead several months). Of these, 18 exhibitors won a Blue Ribbon. I won the
Pig Prize for the most Blues (36) but Kirby Fong (28) and Wayne Steele (20)
were piggish as well. First-year exhibitor Bill Scholz did pretty well -
eleven Blues! (Bill and Wayne are our octogenarian pair. What a fearsome
foursome it will be when Sid DuBose and Stan Baird join them.) Bob Darling
got four Blues as a reward for his journey. The Camerons groomed Sid
DuBose's modest quantity but high-quality blooms into ten Blues.
KIV grows many show cultivars, waiting to establish them in the
quarter-acre hillside daffodil garden site under preparation. From these
came six Blue Ribbon winners (most were Barwick or Ramsay cultivars). Local
citizens Tracey Ellifritz, Chris Gomez, and Lore Gates won Blues. The
Calaveras County Garden Club also submitted several horticultural entries.
The show contained 528 exhibits totaling 870 stems. Of these, 762 blooms
were Standards; 108 were Miniatures. 497 blooms were exhibited as single-
or three-stem entries. There were 33 blooms in the special classes for
local residents only. There were 25 entries in the classes for exhibitors
growing 100 or fewer cultivars. There were ten excellent container entries.
Kirby has listed the winners of the ADS awards in another e-mail.
As with last week's Livermore Show at the Alden Lane Nursery, the Murphys
Show has the perfect host. Each of these two facilities provides us with
exemplary space for a show. We have a synergistic relationship with our
hosts. We add a facet of interest to draw the public, and we greatly
benefit from visitors/customers at their facility.
As show organizers, could it be better to arrive at the show site and see
the tables already in place and covered with tablecloths? And to see the
boxes of our equipment already moved into the show area? At show end, could
it be better than just to repack the equipment and leave the boxes on the
We give a hearty round of appreciation for the support given us by Kautz
Ironstone Vineyards. On to 2002!
PS. We missed Rod Barwick. Several people inquired about Rod. They thought
he was a permanent part of the weekend!
Comments from the President, Kirby Fong
I just got home from the Murphys daffodil show held at the Kautz
Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra foothills of California. The show
coincides with the Murphys Irish Days, so there are a lot of people
The vineyard has tons of daffodils planted around the
countryside and many half wine barrels planted with daffodils at the
winery. Because the winery lets people park for free to take the
free shuttle into town, there are a lot of people wandering around
the winery and into the daffodil show.
Several of the daffodil
judges in California were unable to attend this show, and we are
grateful for Gene and Nancy Cameron of Oregon and Robert Darling
of Washington, D.C. coming to judge. Robert even brought flowers!
The best in show was a triandrus seedling bred by Bob Spotts.
Though described as 5Y-Y, the cup was a deeper yellow than the
perianth. The two florets had very smooth, symmetrical perianths.
Runner up in the voting for best in show was my stem of Cameo