Monday, April 16, 2012

Daffodil Blogorama 2012

Narcissus Nirvana is back with the 2012 Daffodil Blogorama (a round-up of blog posts about daffodils) and the annual meeting of the American Daffodil Society. If you're anywhere close to Towson, Maryland, rush over and revel in the flowers and fellowship at the Annual Meeting, April 20-22.

For those of us who can't make the Annual Meeting, two quick glimpses of New Hampshire daffodils from my friend, Lynn Felici-Gallant.

Lynn's combination of nodding Narcissus 'Thalia' and Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' in the New Hampshire garden Lynn left last year. That transition story was on a podcast with Andrew Keys at Horticulture magazine.


Lynn is Merchandising & Marketing Manager here at the independent retail garden center and wholesale grower, Pick of the Planet, in Greenland, New Hampshire.

The 2012 Daffodil Blogorama tour of the world begins now, starting in New Zealand and moving West around the globe. Click on the name of the blog to see a daffodil story:

* Enjoy the adventures of Mary "Moosey" planting daffodils with her horticulturally inclined kitten at Moosey's Country Garden in New Zealand.

* Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening in New York fesses up with a romantic tale of why Narcissus poeticus is her favorite flower.

* We love daffodils, but they don't love other flowers in vases. Joene Hendry delivers a horrible warning from Joene's Garden in Connecticut.

* An ode to Narcissus 'Mount Hood', by yellow-dissing John Markowski who's An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener in Pennsylvania.

* The Queen of Seaford, Janet, now reigns in South Carolina and is taking royal liberties by combining her daffs in arrangements with other spring flowers.

* Kate's Garden Journal from Ohio is on "D" for daffodil. Or should it be "F" for forcing?

* Susy Morris at Chiot's Run in the Ohio countryside kindly created a charming daffodil parade for me. You'll love it too.

* Tyla is a daffodil specialist at All About Daffodils in Alabama and she's breaking up with 'February Gold' in one of the funniest daffodil posts ever. Music video included!

* Have you tried daffodils in containers? Tips for success from Debbie Teashon at Rainy Side Gardeners in western Washington.

* Claire Splan wants to know just how pink a "pink" daffodil really gets in An Alameda Garden.

* Wrap up with me, on a quick Daffodil Planter tour of Daffodil Daydreams weekend at famed Filoli.

Thanks to all the bloggers for sharing their work!


Can't get enough?


First Daffodils is now a Facebook page where people from all over the world send photos of the first sightings of daffodils in their towns. Order a daffodil note cube from them.


If you can't attend the National Show this year, check out the American Daffodil Society website for answers to all your daffodil questions. Join the American Daffodil Society and a daffodil society near you.


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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Daffodil Daydreams at Filoli 2012

Cue the Dynasty theme music! Filoli was introduced to the world as the set for that wacky TV show, but these days there's not a diamond necklace or giant shoulder pad in sight.

The Woodside, California garden is hailed as one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Filoli is an official Display Garden for the American Daffodil Society, and each spring it celebrates a long weekend of Daffodil Daydreams.


A gracious transition from the formal gardens, looking West to the Santa Cruz Mountains, with daffodil accents.


The daffodils in the borders and orchard were not at their peak, but daffodil containers, such as these lining the steps to a rear door of the house, made up for that.


The garden pavilion known as the summer house or tea house was in on the daffodil celebration too!


The Northern California Daffodil Society set up tables of information about daffodils; their nationally known experts gave lectures and garden tours.


The NCDS flower display provided a close look at the range of daffodils that do well in this part of the world.


Under the Chanticleer rooster weathervane, the former garage was charming with more pots of daffodils. Yes, even those double daffodils looked good to me. I must have been distracted by the contents of the building (as you can see from the sign below). More on that next time!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

First Lady Wants Monsanto GMO Corn for White House Garden


Photo courtesy FEMA



WASHINGTON (DP) First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that she had requested genetically modified [GMO] corn seed from Monsanto to plant in the White House vegetable garden. Up until now the vegetable garden has been all organic.

Asked why she was making this change, an assistant to the First Lady said the First Family had become uncomfortable about the lack of GMO food in their diet. "The administration has fast-tracked authorization of GMO crops through the USDA and FDA,* and the President and First Lady thought it was hypocritical to expose the rest of the country to genetically altered food without eating it themselves."

Protesters from GMOsForAll complained that GMO corn seed was only available to farmers, and that the White House was pulling rank on other home gardeners by going directly to Monsanto.

A GMOsForAll spokesman said, "We have just as much right as the First Lady to GMO corn. Why shouldn't our pregnant wives and their fetuses have the latest toxins?" The protesters were somewhat mollified to learn that almost all corn and soy products in processed food are GMO (unless the food is labeled organic).*

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also commented on the garden, saying, "If I had grown GMO vegetables as governor of Massachusetts it would have been completely different from the Obama administration doing it."



Happy April Fool's Day!



* No joke. Under President Obama's USDA and FDA approvals for GMO corn, alfalfa, and sugar beets were streamlined. YieldGard corn's toxins are found in the blood of pregnant women and fetuses. A recent study showed that hamsters fed a GMO diet had high rates of sterility within three generations. Here's an infographic of the processed foods likely to contain GMOs. To avoid GMOs in processed food, look for the USDA 100% Organic label.

If you live in California you can sign a petition for legislation to require all GMO food to be labeled.

Hooray! GMO labeling is on the November 2012 ballot in California! 

To support labeling food that is GMO -- just as food is labeled with how much carb or sodium it has -- go to Label GMOs.


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