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Spidra Webster
Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3, 000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored: Geoff Hodge: 9780226093932: Amazon.com: Books - http://www.amazon.com/Practic...
Practical Botany for Gardeners: Over 3, 000 Botanical Terms Explained and Explored: Geoff Hodge: 9780226093932: Amazon.com: Books
"Gardening can be frustratingly shrouded in secrecy. Fickle plants make seemingly spontaneous decisions to bloom or bust, seeds sprout magically in the blink of an eye, and deep-rooted mysteries unfold underground and out of sight. Understanding basic botany is like unlocking a horticultural code; fortunately learning a little science can reveal the secrets of the botanical universe and shed some light on what’s really going on in your garden." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
▶ Beauty! Phytophthora plurivora zoospores attracted to Beech root exudates - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
▶ Beauty! Phytophthora plurivora zoospores attracted to Beech root exudates - YouTube
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"During my PhD I have worked with Phytophthora species, which are very aggressive microorganisms that infect plants, causing huge economic and environmental losses. Commonly Phytophthora species spread and infect plants via zoospores, a motile asexual structure that uses a flagelum for locomotion. The zoospores can "sense" and swim towards plants signals starting an infection In this video I tested the attraction of P. plurivora zoospores to root exudates of European beech. The major decline of beech trees in forests worldwide has been associated with P. plurivora-caused disease. In the video you see a microscopy view of two pipette tips filled with water or root exudates. The pipettes were embedded in a zoospores suspension. Clearly the zoospores were more attracted to the root exudates than water. More information about Phytophthora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...... Phytophthora plurivora: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...... European beech:... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The Tomato That Ate Cincinnati | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
The Tomato That Ate Cincinnati | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"I haven't had the energy or time to take good care of my garden this year so the tomato is growing largely unstaked. Lately it's decided to really colonize the entire bed and some of the lawn." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24 - http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013...
What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24
What Happens When a Strawberry’s Seeds Start to Germinate? | RocketNews24
"Everyone knows what a ripe strawberry looks like: bright red and dotted with tiny pips. But strawberry pips, like all seeds, are meant to grow new plants. So have you ever wondered what it looks like when all those little seeds sprout? Read on to see the bizarre reality. A user on Reddit posted the following picture to educate us all: What the-? It looks like something you might find under the microscope, but that’s just the pips sending out their sprouts. Not exactly appetizing, but that’s where strawberries come from. Speaking of which, you may think of those little pips as seeds, but it’s actually a bit more complicated than that. Strawberries are a type of fruit known as an aggregate or compound, which means several different ovaries exist in a single flower, growing together on a single receptacle. In other words, each of those little pips is actually a unique ovary with a seed inside, while the fleshy red part they share is just the nutrient pack that will help them all grow. Isn’t nature wonderful?" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
These don't just do this like that. Someone manipulated it to get them to all germinate on a relatively fresh fruit like that. Reddit says deep cold storage does it but I'm going to have to investigate more because I can't figure out why that would trigger germination that way. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Paisley Gardening Gloves with Arm Savers | Cotton Garden Gloves - http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store...
Paisley Gardening Gloves with Arm Savers | Cotton Garden Gloves
"Whether you’re pulling weeds or pruning flowers, you’re in good hands with these stylishly protective paisley garden gloves. A cool alternative to bulky leather working gloves, ours are tailored from lightweight cotton with a hint of Lycra® added for greater finger mobility and comfort, and boast 7" cuffs to protect your arms from scratches and bug bites. The gardening gloves also feature a durable faux-leather palm with a double-reinforced thumb and index finger, an adjustable buckle at the wrist, and a stretchy pull cord at the cuff. Pair with our paisley garden hat (#63960) for even greater protection and style. Machine wash, air dry. Imported. Garden gloves with 7" long cuffs to protect your hands and arms Cotton-rich working gloves with stretchy Lycra added for increased comfort Durable faux-leather palm Double-reinforced thumb and index finger Go great with our matching paisley garden hat (#63960) Now you can garden in style and with confidence thanks to these paisley gardening gloves with arm savers." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Anika
Japanese shopper finds truly terrifying potato - http://www.dramafever.com/news...
Japanese shopper finds truly terrifying potato
"A Japanese veggie lover posted a photo on Twitter of a truly terrifying potato she picked up at the market. The one-of-a-kind sweet potato looks exactly like a foot in need of a potatocure, or at least some hard-core exfoliation. There's no word on whether the poster cooked up the feet treat, but when asked for comment, the proud tater proclaimed "I yam what I yam!"" - Anika from Bookmarklet
Ahahaha this looks hilarious! And I am a person who hates both feet images and potatoes :) - grizabella
Spidra Webster
Species Plantarum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Species Plantarum - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Species Plantarum ("The Species of Plants") was first published in 1753, as a two-volume work by Carl Linnaeus. Its prime importance is perhaps that it is the primary starting point of plant nomenclature as it exists today. This means that the first names to be considered validly published in botany are those that appear in this book and his Genera Plantarum ed. 5 (1753). In the book Linnaeus listed all plants known to him, directly or from his extensive reading. The classification employed in the work allowed easy identification of plants, by placing every genus into an artificial class and order. By counting pistils and stamens, anybody, even without much knowledge of plants, was able to get to a listing of genera that the plant in question should belong to. Linnaeus gave a formal multiple-word description to each plant and an additional epithet to be used with the genus for easier reference, thus separating taxonomy from nomenclature. For example, the tomato was described (page 185) as SOLANUM caule inermi herbaceo foliis pinnatis incisis, racemis simplicibus. The given epithet was Lycopersicum." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
"Scientists have used different strains of fungi and bacteria to promote development and health in trees, which have enabled them to accelerate growth of different species up to 40 percent. The importance of the research is tied to re-forestation, in attempt to restore lost woodlands and forests. With this, the scientists have outlined the importance of microorganisms that provide benefits to the trees, for example, increasing their development, giving more stability when transplanted and providing water to the subsoil in situations of drought. By experimenting with the optimal combinations of soil microorganisms, the researchers were able to accelerate the growth of fruit trees (citrus, guava and lemon), achieving fruit development is within three or four years rather than the typical six years required with standard soil. The types of bacteria and fungi selected are described as ‘growth accelerators’ and they are active around the tree roots (or rhizosphere). The rhizosphere is the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Larger article here, but in Spanish. http://www.invdes.com.mx/ciencia... Researcher's page here: http://www.ira.cinvestav.mx/... - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
"Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris, is an invasive stink bug spreading through western Arizona and southern California since 2008, causing severe crop, nursery, and landscape losses. Bagrada bugs gather on plants in large groups. In agriculture, Bagrada bug is a pest of cole crops and other mustard family plants. In home gardens it feeds on these same vegetables and on ornamental plants such as sweet alyssum and candytuft. How to identify Bagrada bug Bagrada bug eggs. EGGS: Laid singly or in small clusters on underside of leaves, stems, or on soil underneath plants. Eggs are initially white and turn orange-red as they get older. WINGLESS NYMPHS: Young Bagrada bugs change color from bright orange to red with dark markings as they get older. Newly molted nymphs and adults are also red but quickly darken. SIMILAR STINK BUG Bagrada bug adults have the same coloring as harlequin bugs, but are smaller, about a quarter to a third the size, with smaller orange markings. Impact of Bagrada bug on... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
These little bastards killed my arugula crop a year or so ago. There wasn't much info on this invader then. Here's a new IPM page on them. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Make a garden compulsory for everyone, urges (gardener) Don - Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardeni...
Make a garden compulsory for everyone, urges (gardener) Don - Telegraph
"Don, the television gardener, said having a “stake” in the land was essential to ensure a new generation was interested in plants and flowers. Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he argued that everyone should have access to land they can tend, saying all houses must come with a garden, and all flats an allotment. Failing that, he said, he would like to see a “sharing scheme”, where people who can’t manage their garden, or are “simply happy to share it” could work with those without. Don was speaking to publicise his latest book, The Road to Le Tholonet: A French Garden Journey. When asked how best to inspire the next generation, he told an audience: “It is a problem. There aren’t enough young people coming through, there aren’t enough young people working as gardeners. And you need to get people interested. “It’s very easy to get people interested in primary school but by the time someone’s 13 or 14, they don’t want to be thought of as a kid. Related Articles From... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Misleading headline. He seems to mean that it should be compulsory for developers, cities, counties....that everyone should have access to land to grow on. - Spidra Webster
Ah, that makes more sense, and I'm much more interested in that. - Jennifer Dittrich
They at least have more of a guarantee of it there. Allotments there are a right (of course, getting the land isn't always easy but it's at least seen as a right, which isn't the case here). - Spidra Webster
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Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea - Lose the Lawn - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2013...
Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea - Lose the Lawn - NYTimes.com
"LOS ANGELES — This is how officials here feel about grass these days: since 2009, the city has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns and plant less thirsty landscaping. Multimedia Video Las Vegas’s Changing Landscape (2007) Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Jessica Seglar in her drought-tolerant garden in Long Beach, Calif. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times A Los Angeles park where new vegetation is being planted. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times A Pasadena neighborhood dotted with lush lawns. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Flowering artichoke plants in the Aikens' garden. Enlarge This Image Monica Almeida/The New York Times Jessica Seglar and her fiancé, Dominic Nguyen, of Long Beach, Calif., decided to replace their lawn with Ceanothus, a lilac native to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Meanwhile here in MD we just got a "rain tax" applied to our flat-roofed city sidewalk houses because we have no lawns and the rain runs into the Chesapeake Bay eventually. Not that rain harms the Bay, but pollutants do.The tax is supposed to raise funds to clean up the bay. Somehow. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Kristin
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama - http://www.neatorama.com/2013...
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama
You Say Tomato, I Say Potato: The Tomato Potato Combo Plant Lives! - Neatorama
"The Tomtato bears cherry tomatoes above ground and white potatoes below. According to the Thompson & Morgan website, horticulturists have tried to create a creation for 15 years but the plants have only recently been successfully produced commercially. When they're just a few weeks old, tomato plants are cut at the stem and grafted onto a potato plant. Scientifically, that works because tomatoes (as well as tobacco plants) are members of the potato family (Solanaceae)." - Kristin from Bookmarklet
witchcraft! sorcery! - holly #ravingfangirl
Even so ... - Kristin
I guess it would save space. - John (bird whisperer)
Which is a consideration in the UK as home lot sizes in cities are generally smaller than in the US. And allotment plots give you only so much room (tomatoes needing to be grown in greenhouses in much of the UK). - Spidra Webster
THIS IS NOT OKAY - Akiva
Couldn't they just tweak the genes and save all that grafting business? - Ken Morley
I wonder how that works? I've been taught that you have to add dirt to cover each new layer of growth so you get multiple layers of potatoes growing. I guess that isn't how this would work. And it seems like they would need mucho nutrition. - Todd Hoff
Spidra Webster
250 varieties of apple on one tree... thanks to a bit of hard grafting over the years | Mail Online - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news...
250 varieties of apple on one tree... thanks to a bit of hard grafting over the years | Mail Online
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"From Granny Smith and Golden Delicious to Brownlees Russet and Wadhurst Pippin, if you like apples then Paul Barnett is your man. He has 250 varieties available to pick – and astonishingly, they’re all growing on just one tree. The horticulturist has spent 24 years meticulously developing the tree in his back garden in Chidham, near Chichester, West Sussex, grafting on new varieties every winter. Apple turnover: Paul Barnett in the apple tree in his garden in Chidham, near Chichester, West Sussex, on which two hundred and fifty different apple varieties grow Laden: Paul has grafted 250 varieties on the 'family tree' over the past two decades Fruitful: There are 6,000 apple varieties worldwide and over 2,000 different types kept at the National Fruit Collection in Kent The tree’s fruits now include rare cooking apples such as the Withington Fillbasket, which originated in 1883, and Eady’s Magnum, from 1908, as well as more recognisable favourites. Mr Barnett, 40, said yesterday: ‘I... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
That's pretty neat! - Jenny H. from Android
I have an acquaintance who has 40 grafts on one tree, but this is way more. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
“Super pest” takes hold in Sacramento neighborhood - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California - http://news.ucanr.org/...
“Super pest” takes hold in Sacramento neighborhood - Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California
"A well-established and reproducing population of brown marmorated stink bugs (BSMB) has been found in a Midtown Sacramento neighborhood, reported Chuck Ingels, UC Cooperative Extension advisor for Sacramento County. The infestation seems to be centered around 13th St., south of Capital Park. This is the first reproducing population in California outside Los Angeles County. Ingels said he had no difficulty finding the pests on tree foliage and flying around when he visited the site last week. The California Department of Agriculture has designated BMSB a Class B pest. “This is the worst invasive pest we’ve ever had in California, but there is no funding to attempt to eradicate it, nor is there a mandate to do so,” Ingels said. Brown marmorated stink bug affects many different crops and is a serious residential problem. It moves around easily, so can be expected to spread. It can fly up to a half mile at a time and also travels long distances by hitching rides in vehicles or inside... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"Brussels Bureaucrats, apparently, are about to smack us about the head with a particularly ill-judged and potentially damaging piece of looney-toons legislation. Believe me, this one makes the outlawing of curved bananas look sane and reasonable. As part of proposed EU legislation to regulate ‘plant reproductive material,’ Brussels wants all plant varieties to be listed on an official register. To implement that, they want every variety to carry an officially recognized description which could run to two pages. Such descriptions would give details of such life-threatening features as the length of the hairs on a plant’s stems. This would be part of a plan to force nurseries and individuals to sell only registered plants. Registration, because of the exhaustive information required, multiplied up by all the red tape necessary to keep the maximum number of EU civil servants employed, will cost a great deal of money to implement. And presumably, each registration will have to be... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
This is the second time I've heard this. I'm not sure whether she's being overly alarmist but the idea of the EU limiting plant sales to only certain cultivars is nuts. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET - http://www.kcet.org/updaily...
When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET
When Pepper Trees Shaded the 'Sunny Southland' | LA as Subject | SoCal Focus | KCET
"Today, it's hard to imagine Southern California without palm trees. They line our streets, shade our gardens, and guest-star in films to establish Los Angeles as the setting. But before the lanky palm conquered the L.A. skyline, another tree played the same metonymic role: the pepper. An import from South America's Andes mountain range, the Peruvian pepper tree (Schinus molle) is instantly recognizable for its fragrant, lacy leaves, drooping branches, and knotted trunk. It also produces bunches of small, pink berries that resemble peppercorns but are not the stuff of common table pepper; though they can be used sparingly as a seasoning, the berries are poisonous in large quantities. (The Peruvian pepper tree does have a cousin in the Brazilian pepper, or Schinus terebinthifolius, but neither is closely related to the true pepper plant, Piper nigrum.) In its native Peru, indigenous South Americans found many practical uses for the tree, from firewood to medicinal applications. More... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Interesting. I couldn't tell there were that much fewer of these trees than palm trees. These and jacaranda are all over the place where I live now and I'm not even sure I've lived in a place where they weren't on the street on in the front yard. - Anika
Spidra Webster
Easy Care For Your Garden Pruners | In-Ground Gardens | Home & Garden | KCET - http://www.kcet.org/living...
Easy Care For Your Garden Pruners | In-Ground Gardens | Home & Garden | KCET
"A good pair of garden pruners is a worthy investment. But like any tool, it needs proper care in order to do its job well and last a long time. These guidelines apply not only to pruners, but also snippers, scissors, and any other metal tools you use in the garden. I'll be the first to admit that I don't always pamper my pruners the way I should, so I try to get in the habit of doing (at the very least) a quick wipe-down with a towel after every use. Even if you only cut one stem, plant sap or residue can linger on the blades and cause rust or damage over time. A better rule of thumb would be to wipe down the blades with a bit of mineral oil (or vegetable oil) to keep them lubricated and ready for next time. Oil is a general protectant that helps prevent rust, and any non-drying light oil will work (to keep it simple, I use a food-grade mineral oil since it's the same oil I wipe down my wooden utensils and cutting boards with). After a heavy pruning job, soak your pruners in warm... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Halil
This hardy fuchsia is so new that we haven’t named it yet! This new form of the ever popular variety, Fuchsia ‘Deltas Sarah’ has the same steely blue flowers but with a shorter, more compact habit. Perfect for making a spectacular display in borders and patio containers year after year. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 40cm (16"). Our online fans have had lots of fun recently helping us name our new fuchsias. Now you all have a chance with this new dwarf patio variety with blue flowers! Send your naming suggestion to namethatfuchsia@thompson-morgan.com - giving your chosen name in the subject line, and including your full name and mailing address. Competition closes 31st October 2013. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Done, sent my suggestion. - Halil
Spidra Webster
UCCE advisor sees cultural shift toward urban ag in Los Angeles - ANR News Blog - ANR Blogs - http://ucanr.edu/blogs...
UCCE advisor sees cultural shift toward urban ag in Los Angeles - ANR News Blog - ANR Blogs
"Parkway gardens, neighborhood nurseries and schoolyard veggies can be found throughout Los Angeles County, but there is not good way to track it all, blogged Rick Paulas on the KCET Food Rant. Things are changing and Paulas got all the details from Rachel Surls, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in LA County. Surls is the "client" for a group of UCLA students that are tracking Los Angeles' urban ag. She said the students, called Cultivate L.A., contacted the county's 88 cities to investigate their municipal codes related to food production. "Are bees allowed? Are chickens and other kinds of poultry allowed? Are goats allowed? So that's one of the outcomes of the project I'm very excited about," Surls said. The information has been incorporated into a map of LA, which allows users to navigate local municipal codes and find out how urban ag is taking shape in their neighborhoods. Surls hopes the information can be used to establish "best practices" Los Angeles County cities can use in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Halil
Ipheion uniflorum - is a species of flowering plant, related to the onions - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
Ipheion uniflorum - is a species of flowering plant, related to the onions
Ipheion uniflorum - is a species of flowering plant, related to the onions
Ipheion uniflorum - is a species of flowering plant, related to the onions
Ipheion uniflorum has been grown in the UK since 1820, when bulbs collected from near Buenos Aires arrived in the country. - Halil from Bookmarklet
FLEMING
We ended up making 12 pints of fig preserves this weekend. Mmmmm... This last batch was very lemony and had a strong honey flavor
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You people make me feel so lazy. We've almost finished Borderlands 2, if that counts for anything. - Regular Amanda
If it is any consolation we didn't finish up the pressure washing we needed to do :-) - FLEMING from Android
Spidra Webster
"The Plant Family Tree - A Rare Glimpse Inside the Labyrinthine Archive of London’s Royal Botanical Gardens - The Herbarium at London’s Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew is a vast, Victorian maze filled with arcane books, learned scientists, and cabinet after cabinet of cataloged plants. Taking visual cues from the alluring intricacies of a Wes Anderson movie, this elegant short, “The Plant Family Tree,” is the fifth in the series Beyond the Gardens, created by the London-based studio, Lonelyleap. Coinciding with this summer’s IncrEdibles festival that runs through September, the series was designed to expose Kew’s rarely seen research aspect, and uncovers a haven from the hubbub of tourists outside. It tells the story of an institution that has played an integral role in the discovery of new species since it opened in 1853, with seven million specimens held in its many wings. “It’s a fantastic place because of all the history associated with the discovery of immensely diverse plants in... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
FLEMING
Fig harvest of 2013
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Going to make preserves and then freeze some to add to a nut brown ale later this year - FLEMING from Android
FLEMING
The tomato plants were abandoned a month ago are still alive
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Halil
Top London Gardens - Things To Do - visitlondon.com - http://www.visitlondon.com/things-...
Top London Gardens - Things To Do - visitlondon.com
Top London Gardens - Things To Do - visitlondon.com
Top London Gardens - Things To Do - visitlondon.com
Large London Gardens: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew: 121 hectares (300 acres) housing more than 30,000 types of plant, Kew Gardens has a 250-year history and is a World Heritage site Kensington Palace Gardens: A variety of garden landscapes, including the 19th-century Italian Gardens Hampton Court Palace Gardens: Devised by Henry VIII as a magnificent display of opulence with more than 24 hectares (60 acres) of beautiful gardens Eltham Palace: Seven hectares (19 acres) of original medieval gardens with Art Deco elements Syon House and Gardens: 16 hectares (40 acres) of garden landscaped by the renowned garden innovator Capability Brown, with a spectacular "Great Conservatory" - Halil from Bookmarklet
Smaller London Gardens: Chelsea Physic Garden: Founded in 1673 for the cultivation of medicinal plants, today the garden contains a Garden of World Medicine and a Pharmaceutical Garden The Kyoto Japanese Garden in Holland Park: Created as a "strolling garden" in 1991, plants and pruning techniques are carefully selected and maintained to reflect this style Charlton House Peace Garden:... more... - Halil
Kew garden's entrance fee is £16! :( http://www.kew.org/visit-k... - Halil
http://www.pearlfryar.com/ is free; i watched a documentary about him and his garden the other night and it really inspired and impressed me - chaz2b
Halil
Eglantyne - David Austin Roses - Fragrance : Old Rose Strong - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english...
Eglantyne - David Austin Roses - Fragrance : Old Rose
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We regard this as one of the most beautiful of the English Roses. The flowers are quite large and of exquisite formation - the petals turning up at the edges to form a shallow saucer filled with small petals. The growth is ideal, being of medium height and bushy, with nice foliage and little disease, making it in every way an excellent garden plant. It is sweetly fragrant - a charming and delicate Old Rose scent. Named after Eglantyne Jebb, the Shropshire woman who founded the ‘Save the Children’ charity fund. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Not to be confused with Rosa rubiginosa (Sweet briar or Eglantine Rose; syn. R. eglanteria) is a species of rose native to Europe and western Asia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Halil
Spidra Webster
One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383 : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/natural...
One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383 : TreeHugger
One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383 : TreeHugger
"When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root. But little could they have guessed, from those fragile early shoots, that the whole wild continent would be tamed in just a few short centuries. It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America's earliest settlers is still alive today -- and still bearing fruit after 383 years. Among the first wave of immigrants to the New World was an English Puritan named John Endicott, who in 1629, arrived to serve as the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Charged with the task of establishing a welcoming setting for new arrivals upon the untamed land, the Pilgrim leader set about making the area around modern-day Salem as homey as possible. In approximately 1630, as his children watched on, Endicott planted one of... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
unlike us in the UK, chopping down original orchards to redevelop into housing estates :( yes we need homes, but not at the cost of green spaces!!! - Halil
Unfortunately, plenty of that has happened here, too. (I forgot to note that the headline is misleading. One of the first fruit trees known to have been planted by European colonists is more accurate. There are some indigenous cultures that practiced agriculture in what is now the US but I don't know if they cultivated fruit trees per se.) - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cuts Science Staff Weeks After Native Garden Debut - Prospect Heights - DNAinfo.com New York - http://www.dnainfo.com/new-yor...
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cuts Science Staff Weeks After Native Garden Debut - Prospect Heights - DNAinfo.com New York
"PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It's pruning season at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden — one of the borough's oldest cultural institutions has uprooted its founding department, DNAinfo New York has learned. In the midst of a years-long capital improvement project and just weeks after expanding its flagship Native Flora Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has cut its entire science department, as well as a liaison to community gardens, and will soon be suspending its field research and shuttering its science center, according to an email obtained by DNAinfo. "Despite the successes achieved in the Garden’s most recent fiscal year ending June 30th, BBG faced significant challenges in planning the FY14 budget because of increased insurance and employee-benefits expenses, among others," Garden President Scot Medbury told staff in an email obtained by DNAinfo. "The Garden faced a shortfall that could not be fully addressed by increasing revenue targets or reducing non-personnel costs." The publicly-funded... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Save Rosie's Vegetable Garden | Kitchen Gardeners International | causes.com - http://www.causes.com/save-ro...
Save Rosie's Vegetable Garden | Kitchen Gardeners International | causes.com
"Rosie is a vibrant 4-year old girl living with her single, severely-disabled mom in a subsidized housing unit in rural South Dakota. In May 2013, Rosie's mother, Mary, converted a small unused area outside their apartment into a vegetable garden. Although the garden is compact, it produces a variety of healthy greens which Rosie and Mary could otherwise not easily afford on their fixed income ($628/month in disability payments) while also providing a safe play area for Rosie just outside her own backdoor. Now their property management company has ordered that the garden be removed this week saying that it goes against the rules set by USDA's Rural Development Agency which doesn't allow residents to have structures of any sort in landscaped areas. Please join us in sending the message that everyone deserves to have access to gardens and healthy food, especially the most vulnerable people in society.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Unfortunately, Causes requires Facebook login to sign the petition, which is also bullshit. But it gives you info so you can email the USDA yourself if you wish. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Wild Peas are Edible | Hunter Angler Gardener Cook - http://honest-food.net/2013...
Wild Peas are Edible | Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
Wild Peas are Edible | Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
"I could tell she was coming for a fight. I’d been talking to a reader at a book event at the time, and I couldn’t help but notice the middle-aged woman standing behind the guy I was chatting with. She appeared to be wearing some sort of hand-knit shawl, had a bandanna on her head and had decorated her blouse with several buttons sporting some sort of slogan or another on her chest. She practically oozed umbrage as she fidgeted, waiting to talk with me. The gentleman bid his adieu and I turned to the nice lady, smiling. She never even let me get in a “hello.” How can you POSSIBLY get away with telling people that wild peas are edible? They are HIGHLY poisonous, and EVERYBODY knows it! I finished with my hello. “Well, ma’am,” — and yes, I absolutely did “ma’am” her — “I’m not sure where you heard this, but wild peas are most certainly not toxic. In fact, I’ve been eating them my whole life.” She began rambling on and on about neurotoxins and cancer and God-knows-what-else. I let her... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
You can't go to town on them but you can eat them a bit. - Spidra Webster
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