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Hollyhock Showgirls Seeds - Hardy perennial -
Hollyhock Showgirls Seeds - Hardy perennial
A ground-breaking hollyhock, which makes an unusual and attractive bedding item, with a dwarf, branching habit that creates bushy plants, smothered in large, fully double flowers in a wide range of colours. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Free-standing trees attain a height and spread of 3.75–5m (12–16ft), depending on the rootstock, position and soil type. - Halil from Bookmarklet
+Laburnocytisus 'Adamii' (also known as Adam's laburnum or broom laburnum) is a horticultural curiosity; a small tree which is a graft-chimaera between two species, a laburnum, Laburnum anagyroides, and a broom, Chamaecytisus purpureus (syn. Cytisus purpureus), which bears some shoots typical of the one species, some of the other, and some which are a peculiar mixture of both "parents". - Halil from Bookmarklet
+Laburnocytisus 'Adamii' is a legume, a member of the pea family Faboideae (or Papilionaceae, formerly Leguminosae). The plus sign (+) indicates its unusual origin. The plant can also be described by the formula Chamaecytisus purpureus + Laburnum anagyroides. (It has also been known as +Laburnocytisus adamii, as if it were one species, but strictly speaking it is not one species but two.) Only one cultivar, 'Adamii', is known to have arisen from this graft. - Halil
Back in the early 1900’s lived a man who tried to accomplish the impossible. It was generally believed that crossing the beauty of the tree peony with the hardiness of the shrub peony was not possible since the two came from very different parentages. But Dr. Toichi Itoh took it upon himself to make the impossible possible and made the quest for such a cross his life’s work. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Finally in 1948, after failing 20,000 times, Dr. Itoh succeeded in creating the first ever cross between P. x lemoinei, a hybrid tree peony, with P. lactiflora ‘Kakoden’, a white flowering herbaceous peony which was used as the seed parent. The results of this first cross were 36 seedlings, some of which had the dominant characteristics of the tree peony and became the first “Inter-sectional” hybrids, named so because of the cross between section Moutan (tree peonies) and section Paeon (herbaceous peonies). - Halil
In 1964 Dr. Itoh’s first crosses came into bloom. Unfortunately Dr. Itoh passed away in 1956, 8 years prior to the first blooms appearing. He never saw the results of his years of work. Of the original 36 there were 6 that were considered to be outstanding. They became the first herbaceous peonies to have deep yellow, double yellow flowers. In the late 1960’s an American horticulturist... more... - Halil
Historical background: The Women’s Farm and Garden Association is a registered charity, founded in 1899 by women concerned about the lack of education and employment opportunities for women working on the land. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The WFGA is for anyone interested in gardening - men as well as women. - Halil
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"We are holding fifteen Fairs in 2014, including all of the established favourites from previous years as well as four Fairs at new venues. All of our fairs are held at beautiful gardens, a number of which are not regularly open to the public. Refreshments, often homemade, are available at all our events. At every event there is the opportunity to buy interesting and unusual plants from our nurseries, many of which you will not be able to find in garden centres. A day out at a Rare Plant Fair will be a really enjoyable experience for all visitors, whether a novice or experienced gardener or simply someone who enjoys visiting beautiful gardens." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Non in London, but looks interesting - Halil
Nice time to visit Bath. ;-) - Spidra Webster
These are more pliable in growth than Climbers and generally flower only once. The individual blooms tend to be smaller and come in large trusses, but for sheer quantity of bloom they are unsurpassed. Although normally trained upwards to cover trellis, fencing, wails etc. their lax nature makes them useful for trailing down slopes and cascading over walls. Some of the very vigorous sorts can be trained up through trees or used to smother unsightly buildings etc. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII' -
Ribes sanguineum 'King Edward VII'
I really want one of these, they smell wonderful after it's rained when in full bloom and such pretty blooms too, like bunches of grapes! - Halil from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Ebooks in Bloom: ebooks from Timber Press for only $3.99 -
3 e-books on discount per month. This month it's "The Edible Front Yard", "The Speedy Vegetable Garden", "The Beginner's Guide to Growing Heirloom Vegetables". - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The invasive New Guinea flatworm Platydemus manokwari in France, the first record for Europe: time for action is now [PeerJ] -
"Non-indigenous terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes) have been recorded in thirteen European countries. They include Bipalium kewense and Dolichoplana striata that are largely restricted to hothouses and may be regarded as non-invasive species. In addition there are species from the southern hemisphere such as the invasive New Zealand flatworm Arthurdendyus triangulatus in the United Kingdom, Eire and the Faroe Islands, the Australian flatworm Australoplana sanguinea alba in Eire and the United Kingdom, and the Australian Blue Garden flatworm Caenoplana coerulea in France, Menorca and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has some twelve or more non-indigenous species most of which are Australian and New Zealand species. These species may move to an invasive stage when optimum environmental and other conditions occur, and the flatworms then have the potential to cause economic or environmental harm. In this paper, we report the identification (from morphology and molecular... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Hubby was just telling me today that earthworms are not native to Canada. I had to look it up because it seemed incredible - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Interesting. I didn't know that. These flatworms are a disaster because they eat earthworms (where earthworms are native). - Spidra Webster
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Twitter / Winooski: Radix malorum "cute"iditas ... -
Twitter / Winooski: Radix malorum "cute"iditas ...
"Radix malorum "cute"iditas est. RT @FacesPics: An exceptionally suave and sophisticated daikon radish" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
How YOU doin'? - Spidra Webster
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bungleweed, common bugle, is an herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe. -
Ajuga reptans, commonly known as bugle, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, carpet bungleweed, common bugle, is an herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe.
Bugle is also known as "carpenter's herb" due to its supposed ability to stem bleeding. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Potted some of these today. - Halil
Squash, Winter 'Uchiki Kuri' Seeds -
Squash, Winter 'Uchiki Kuri' Seeds
With butter-coloured flesh that is smoother than butternut squash, this teardrop-shaped squash with an intense, sunset-coloured rind has a pronounced, distinctive chestnut flavour. Each plant forms three to five small pumpkin-like fruits of intense orange red with a golden flesh, averaging 1.5Kg. They are very early to mature and have superb storage characteristics. ~ Red kuri squash - Halil from Bookmarklet
I've ordered some seeds, let's see how they do :) - Ken Morley
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Twitter / The_RHS: Something pretty and creative ... -
Twitter / The_RHS: Something pretty and creative ...
"Something pretty and creative to feast your eyes on - after all they do say we eat with our eyes first!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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A fruit tree grows in Encinitas - Seaside Courier: News -
A fruit tree grows in Encinitas - Seaside Courier: News
"Encinitas is exploring the possibility of planting fruit trees and gardens on public property, with the bounty possibly going to nonprofits that feed the poor. The concept has been gaining favor across the nation, and the City Council recently created a committee that will explore whether such a program could work in Encinitas. Councilmembers Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer will serve on the panel, which will reach out to the community seeking volunteers willing to help maintain the plants and harvest the food they produce. The city has plenty available land at parks, libraries, community centers and even alongside roadways that could be used grow food to feed the hungry, Shaffer said. But planting would be done judiciously. “We’re not going to be planting acres and acres of fruit trees. We’re going to have a tree here, a tree there, a garden here and a garden there,” Shaffer said. “We may be able to work it out so that students and volunteers can harvest the stuff and get it to the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Queen Of England - Country Garden Roses -
Queen Of England - Country Garden Roses
This remarkable variety has maintained its popularity for over 50 years. It bears large pointed medium pink blooms that have a high centre. They appear throughout the summer and autumn and are double, with 38 petals. A vigorous plant that with light pruning, develops into an impressive shrub reaching around 8ft or even more. - Halil from Bookmarklet
99p store :-) for other roses see 1) Rosa 'Dame de Coeur' 2) Rosa 'Garden Princess' 3) Rosa 'Kronenbourg' - Halil
'Dame De Coeur' is a small, compact, deciduous shrub with glossy, mid- to dark green leaves, and large, fragrant, double, mid-red flowers in summer and autumn. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
'Garden Princess' is a bushy, deciduous shrub with thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves divided into glossy, toothed, dark green leaflets and clusters of double, yellow flowers from late spring into autumn. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
'Kronenbourg' is an upright, thorny, deciduous, shrub bearing pinnate leaves with ovate, toothed, glossy, dark green leaflets and, from summer into autumn, cupped, lightly fragrant, double red flowers with yellow on the reverse. Flowers fade to pink with age. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Available at 99p store - Halil
Flowering Cherry Trees | Prunus Trees -
If you have the space worth having one, there are dwarf varieties too! Not only are they beautiful, but they also attract lots of pollinators, so you're doing you bit to help dwindling pollinator numbers. - Halil from Bookmarklet
My P. lusitanica still hasn't flowered :'( - Halil
Spidra Webster
A Thinking Stomach: 2013 Bean Report (Better Late Than Never) -
A Thinking Stomach: 2013 Bean Report (Better Late Than Never)
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"For the last couple years, since I've been participating in the Rancho Gordo "Bean Buddies" program, which pairs home growers with heirloom beans to test in a variety of conditions, I've been writing up my dry bean harvest. I'm late for the 2013 report: a) It's clearly not 2013 anymore, and b) I've eaten a bunch of the harvest so I can't take pictures of complete quantities. Before I begin, I'll explain that this year had its challenges in all parts of the vegetable garden. All beds were infested with root knot nematodes that greatly reduced the yields of most plants. (I've taken several steps to organically take care of the nematode problem, which appear, at least so far, to have some positive results. But, more on that in another post.) So, my yields may be low, but it also may be of interest to see which varieties succeeded even when challenged. I'll start with the beans I received through the program. Negro Delgado de Arbol: Negro Delgado de Arbol did not grow like a tree but... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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▶ Poisonous Plants 1-2-1 Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus - YouTube -
▶ Poisonous Plants 1-2-1 Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus - YouTube
"There’s been quite a lot about gout in the media in the past few days. Rather than try wading through a selection of those stories, I recommend the NHS Choices article for a measured account. The story made me think that this was the right time for a ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ video about Colchicum autumnale, autumn crocus, because the colchicine in the plant is used to treat gout, though care must be taken not to give an overdose. It is also a plant that perfectly demonstrates the principle that the best way to get away with murder is for people to think the victim’s death was natural." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Older Trees Grow Faster as They Age: Scientific American -
Older Trees Grow Faster as They Age: Scientific American
"Like a fairy-tale beanstalk, a tree can grow and grow until it scrapes the sky. Instead of slowing down as the centuries add up, old trees speed up their growth, according to a study published today (Jan. 15) in the journal Nature. "Trees keep growing like crazy throughout their life span," said Nate Stephenson, lead study author and a forest ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Three Rivers, Calif. The results of the survey of 403 tree species around the world suggest that trees never suffer the ill effects of old age. In animals, cells change and break down over a lifetime, eventually causing death. But trees seem free from this growth limit, called senescence. Instead, only disease, insects, fire or accidents such as lightning will kill a tree, Stephenson said. (He forgot to mention logging, of course.) "They never stop," he said. "Every year, they are always putting on more weight than before." [Related: What Is the World's Largest Tree?] Missing trees for the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers? - Modern Farmer -
Can Human Urine Replace Chemical Fertilizers? - Modern Farmer
"The Rich Earth Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, is likely the only organization measuring success in gallons of urine. In 2012, Kim Nace, Rich Earth’s administrative director and partner Abe Noe-Hays collected 600 gallons of urine from friends and neighbors. The next year, the organization brought in about 3,000 gallons from 170 human volunteers. Rebecca Rueter, a board member for Rich Earth, invited members of the local women’s chorus to donate their pee. Rich Earth hopes to double that amount this year to a round 6,000 gallons — enough to fill a third of an average American swimming pool. “We’ve given volunteers a few things to make it easier — some funnel devices and things like that,” says Nace. Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium — essential plant nutrients that are usually mined from the earth or the air for agricultural use. The project aims to test human urine as a replacement for chemical fertilizers. Urine contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium —... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
So they are literally taking the piss? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Indeed. Stand and deliver! - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Restoring Heritage Plants From California's Missions - http://www.californiamissionst...
"The Career Horticulture Program at Santa Barbara City College prepares horticultural trainees and apprentices in various skills, techniques, and art forms that allow them to gain employment in horticulture design, landscape construction, ground contracting, nursery/greenhouse technologies, and regenerative and restoration horticulture. The program articulates with four-year universities with horticultural emphasis, such as Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. "Learn by doing" is the key to success and Environmental Horticulture students at Santa Barbara City College have two outdoor classroom gardens to learn many horticultural skills. Off-campus community projects afford expanded practical learning situations. In 1999, the Environmental Horticulture Department began working with Tina Foss, Curator of the Mission Santa Barbara Museum, to explore the possibility of finding and propagating the few remaining heritage plants that still exist from the time of the padres. Each of the twenty-one... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
This factory has found a brilliant new way to go green -
This factory has found a brilliant new way to go green
"A Chinese factory in Liu Zhou, Guanxi Province has discovered a dual purpose for its rooftop that allows it to "go green." By planting rice on the roof, the factory is saving cooling cost, and the rooftop looks pretty too. [SNIP] Rice requires a lot of water to irrigate, so during the first year the production was not good because the irrigation system was not built well. After improvements were made, they steadily increased the rice production from about 770 pounds to over 1,100 pounds in the last harvest." - Anika from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
In the good ol' Northern Hemisphere, this is the time you can collect dormant scionwood (from temperate climate fruit trees) to graft onto a rootstock/existing compatible tree. So CA Rare Fruit Growers hosts scion exchanges. Here's the list of the upcoming exchanges as far as I know:
How to collect scions for the Scion Exchange: Local chapter contact info here: - Spidra Webster
Inland Empire chapter – Thursday Jan 9, 7pm – 9pm, Jurupa Mtn Discovery Center, Riverside - Spidra Webster
Santa Clara Valley chapter – Jan 11, 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Prusch Park Multi-Cultural Center, 647 S. King Rd, San José, CA 95133 - Spidra Webster
Monterey Bay chapter – Sun Jan 12, noon – 3pm – Cabrillo College Hort Bldg, Aptos. Free to paid-up CRFG members, $5 admission for non-members. - Spidra Webster
North San Diego County January 17th – 7:00pm at MiraCosta College, Oceanside Center Directions/details can be found at - Spidra Webster
Golden Gate chapter – January 18th, noon – 3pm, Ed Roberts Campus across street from Ashby BART station, Berkeley, CA - Spidra Webster
OC chapter – Jan 18th, 9am – 11am – Millennium Barn at the Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa. - Spidra Webster
Sacramento chapter – Sunday, January 19th at 10:00 at the Sacramento Cooperative Extension Center, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento - Spidra Webster
San Diego chapter – Wed Jan 22, 7pm, Casa del Prado, Balboa Park - Spidra Webster
Redwood Empire chapter (Napa, Sonoma, & parts north) – Jan 25 – 9am – 2pm, Santa Rosa Veterans Bldg, Santa Rosa - Spidra Webster
LA chapter – Jan 25, 10am, Sepulveda Garden Center, Encino. Free to paid-up CRFG members, $8 - Spidra Webster
Foothill chapter (San Gabriel Valley) – Feb 1st, 9:30am-12pm at the LA Arboretum, Palm Room - Spidra Webster
West LA chapter – Feb 8, 10am – noon – Mar Vista branch of LA Public Library, LA. - Spidra Webster
Central Coast chapter February 15 1:30pm Cal Poly Crops Unit at the corner of Highland & Mt. Bishop Road, SLO - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / LodiGrower: Colloquially: "old vine". ... -
Twitter / LodiGrower: Colloquially: "old vine". ...
"Colloquially: "old vine". Technically: "head pruned" and "spur trained". @Lodi_Wine" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Photo credit to @RCaparoso and @Lodi_Wine" - Spidra Webster
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Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges : The Salt : NPR -
Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges : The Salt : NPR
"It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, for the second year running, the orange crop to be almost 10 percent lower than the previous year. The culprit is citrus greening — a disease that has devastated Florida's oranges and grapefruits and has now begun to spread in Texas and California. Back in the 1950s and 60s, the Florida Citrus Tower was one of the Orlando area's most important tourist attractions. "You could go up and see thousands and thousands acres of trees," says citrus grower Benny McLean. "And you could buy fresh-squeezed orange juice or you could buy a bag of navels. So it was a big deal back then." It all ended with a series of freezes in the 1980s that devastated citrus in central Florida. In the '83 freeze, 300,000 acres of mature, fruit bearing orange and grapefruit trees died in a single night. Growers eventually recovered by moving and replanting groves further south. Citrus greening poses a similar... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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