The press was there when Mr. Daffodil of Sonoma County met Ms. Daffodil.

Well, I was there. Along with thousands and thousands of the yellow and white flowers that trumpet the approach of spring.

The meeting came about through the initiative of

Merle Reuser, who grew up in Cloverdale as an honorary grandson of Margaret Elizabeth Adams. Daffodil bulbs blossomed and divided for a century on Margaret's ranch, and every spring she'd cut hundreds of the flowers and ask young Merle to help her hand them out.

Margaret was 104 when she died in 2000. Merle, now 65, honors her and their friendship by continuing to harvest and replant her daffodils.

He's now given away nearly 80,000 of the cut flowers. His goal is to make gifts of 1 million of them (with help from friends) by 2030.

When Merle heard about the Daffodil Lady of Sonoma Valley, he knew he had to meet her.

Marde Ross is a green thumb and mail-order retailer of flowering bulbs who settled on 10 acres up above greater Glen Ellen's Warm Springs Road about a dozen years ago and planted 180,000 bulbs on what's become known as Daffodil Hill.

As she gave Merle a tour, they spoke of daffodil varieties, desirable growing conditions, which species blossom early, which bloom late and which grow from bulbs that multiply.

Much of the conversation between Merle Reuser and Marde Ross (same initials!) was over my head. But even I caught their agreement that there's room in a happy life for almost unimaginable numbers of daffodils.

A BUGLE SOUNDED as "The Streetwalker" strode briskly into Santa Rosa's Finley Park, completing her healthful and illuminating quest to cover every street in the city on foot.

Eva Martin, who's 73, had suffered three heart attacks and was looking for an enjoyable way to exercise when she set out two years ago to walk the approximately 500 miles of streets in Santa Rosa.

The mission has made her stronger and leaner, and she says it has boosted her understanding of her the city.

About 30 fans cheered Eva as she entered the park after walking a couple of blocks on West College, the only blocks she hadn't yet covered and marked off her map.

For her next feat de feet, she's thinking of all the paths that parallel local creeks.

THE TENT ALONE is cause to consider checking out the circus by kids at a country school near Santa Rosa this weekend.

Circus Waldissima has come to life 20 years in a row at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm — always in the school hall. There are aerial acts, tumbling, unicycling, all sorts of agile performances from students of a school that teaches Circus Arts starting it the third grade.

Following the circus of last spring, parents arranged to purchase — in Germany — a perfectly splendid blue-and-red circus tent.

You can see it go up in a video at Performances are Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoon.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and

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