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This time of year is when I realize I need to organize my fertilizers and all the garden care products that little my garden shed. Some of my sweet peas and native phlox have powdery mildew, and this year I want to be more organized and simplified about this stuff.

From the very beginning of my gardening adventures, I wanted to learn about how to care for my garden organically. Not because I necessarily have issue with synthetics or chemicals but it was so much easier to learn from organic solutions. I wanted to learn about why plants and soil need certain things, and how much. I don’t like just doing something out of habit, or having one solution for many things. I want to know details. Read more

‘Billy Graham’ Daffodil

Most of my daffodil purchases are (hopefully) invested in bulbs that will return year after year, but with a few exceptions. The big-flowered, big-cupped kind don’t usually come back year after year in Texas (either they need a longer winter to initiate their bloom, or they bloom too late at a point which it is too hot for them). Pouring over one of my cool bulb catalogs, I couldn’t help myself from at least ordering a few of these to try with the others. Read more

‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ Daffodil

Mrs. R.O. Backhouse is a beautiful heirloom daffodil, introduced in 1921 to great astonishment as the first pink daffodil. (Which is funny sounding as I write it, I just love that the horticultural world is “astonished” by new flower developments. As if the flowers are divas.). There are all kinds of pink daffodils now, but from what I have read it is still difficult to count on them being a true pink but this would be as close as they come–a soft peachy pink. And like many daffodil blooms, it fades with age, and this fades to a lovely blush.

I’m pretty sure this would never survive past a year or two in my garden, as most large daffodils of this class need a longer winter than we have, but it was worth the brief show in my ‘wheelbarrow’ bed.