Down and Dirty with Rachel

Dec 27, 2022 | Experiences, Information

After my family, my first love was soccer. My favorite movie when I was three was an instructional video for youth soccer coaches. I would pop in the VHS and do the drills along with the video in my living room. (No, I never broke anything.) In honor of this year’s World Cup, I have virtually collected the national flowers of each of the thirty-two participating countries. The rose was by far the most common national flower (Ecuador, England, Iran, the United States, Morocco). My visual favorite is the baobab flower (Senegal) because of its uniqueness. However, the one that resonates the most with me is the daffodil (Wales).

I loved coming home from school in the springtime and picking daffodils from the bed in our front yard. The flowers I picked were from bulbs that originated from my great-grandmother’s bulbs. My mom and each of her four siblings each received bulbs from their paternal grandmother. The daffodils allow my family to be connected through time and space. And one of the great things about daffodils is that they are hard to kill. They can live in hardiness zones 3-8; in other words, most of the continental U.S. My mom’s daffodils are out in full sun. I dug up daffodils at the farm I worked at that were in almost complete shade. Those daffodils put on nice blooms this past spring in another bed at my parents’ house that receives partial shade. They don’t much care what the soil is like as long as it is not water-logged. And if you weed-whacked down the greens after the daffodils have finished flowering, they can still come back strong the next year. (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything. It is best to let the greens stay to allow the bulbs to store up energy.) So, if I were to root for a team based on their country’s national flower, I’d cheer for Wales. They already got knocked out, but if their soccer team is like their national flower, they will pop up and be ready to go for the 2026 World Cup in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico.

Winners of last month’s Plantoval election:

Mayor with 62% of the vote: Puncturevine

Sheriff with 77% of the vote: Siberian Elm

Judge with 54% of the vote: Tree of Heaven

November’s puzzler answer:

What can you put in a barrel to make it lighter? Answer: A hole

December’s puzzler: 

1 = 5
2 = 6,
3 = 7,
4 = 8,
Then 9 = ?                


Rachel Zweig is our Sandoval County Agriculture and Extension Agent

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