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Petition | Urgently reverse existing, proposed, and further cuts to RBG Kew’s annual operating grant in aid | -
Petition | Urgently reverse existing, proposed, and further cuts to RBG Kew’s annual operating grant in aid |
"Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to government cuts - £5M deficit will lead to loss of over 120 posts The UK Government need to urgently reverse the existing cuts to Kew’s annual operating grant in aid funding, and to cancel the proposed and any further future cuts. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with sites at Kew Gardens, London and Wakehurst Place, Sussex is a world-leader in conservation and botanical science, with over 250 years of historical excellence in these fields. Never before has Kew faced such a significant threat to its future. It now needs your help to ensure its globally-important plant and fungal collections can continue to be used to support plant and fungal science and conservation around the world. In 1983, 90 per cent of Kew’s funding came from the UK Government as grant in aid. The current amount has dropped to below 40 per cent as of this year. Funding was reduced by £0.9M in 2009-10, £1M in 2010-11, and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Twitter / BBCGQT: Allotment owners - are you ... -
Twitter / BBCGQT: Allotment owners - are you ...
"Allotment owners - are you #For or #Against using carpet on your site? Has it been banned altogether? #GQTdebates" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
If it's for weed suppression, I don't see the problem. - Halil
Problem is possibly toxic chemicals in the carpet. - Spidra Webster
Hmm, that's a very good point, hadn't thought of that. Most carpets are likely to be infused with flame retardant compounds for example. - Halil
A better form of weed repression is using sheet mulching. You use cardboard boxes and put a thick layer of mulch over that. It all biodegrades eventually, but there's probably only small amounts of anything like ink in that. - Spidra Webster
Carol Klein - is an English gardening expert, who also works as a television presenter and newspaper columnist. -
Carol Klein - is an English gardening expert, who also works as a television presenter and newspaper columnist.
Born in Walkden, Lancashire, Carol attended Bolton School and then trained as an art teacher and taught in schools in the London area before moving to Devon. There she taught at North Devon College before setting up her own plant nursery, Glebe Cottage Plants. - Halil from Bookmarklet
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The Great Georgian Fruit Hunt | Travel | Smithsonian -
The Great Georgian Fruit Hunt | Travel | Smithsonian
"In the basins of the Mediterranean, the Black and the Caspian seas, they line the roadsides and populate the villages with the roguish persistence of weeds. They grow from Spanish castle walls, the bellies of Roman bridges, and the cobblestones of Muslim mosques. They grow in neatly arranged orchards, while volunteer seedlings sprout from cracks in the walls and splits in the sidewalks. Few people look twice at a fig tree in western Asia, where the trees are as common as people themselves. Late each summer, the branches sag with the weight of the crop, and on the sidewalks below, fallen figs accumulate in carpets of jammy, sticky paste. Locals eat what they can, both fresh and dried. Other figs are canned, some reduced into syrup, and a few infused into liquors. In markets at the height of the season, vendors let their apples sit but madly push their fresh figs at passersby, wishing to sell them even for a trifle before the delicate fruits spoil. From This Story Photo Gallery Related... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"As we drive out of Tbilisi in Maghradze’s four-wheel-drive Honda CRV, en route to see the old former capital city of Mtskheta, a bushy plume of foliage spilling over a fence catches Aradhya’s attention. “There’s a big green fig,” he tells Maghradze, who immediately pulls over on the busy boulevard. The tree, growing at the edge of a yard, is laden with large, pear-shaped fruits—and... more... - Spidra Webster
"The three also look beyond civilization during the 17-day hunt, seeking wild fruit varieties not yet cultivated, and while touring the parched hills of eastern Georgia, Aradhya bags dozens of samples of almond seeds. One is a fantastic coconut-flavored almond from along a highway just outside the capital, a variety that could someday produce favored cultivars in California’s industry.... more... - Spidra Webster
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"PlantVillage is built on the premise that the all knowledge that helps people grow food should be openly accessible to anyone on the planet. PlantVillage is a user moderated Q & A forum dedicated to the goal of helping people grow their own food. It is an open freely available resource that helps you solve all your plant related questions. " - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Limes In Short Supply As World's 'Worst Agricultural Disease' Attacks Citrus Crops -
Limes In Short Supply As World's 'Worst Agricultural Disease' Attacks Citrus Crops
"They chased the spice over the vast deserts of Frank Herbert’s fictional Dune, and the oil on Earth. But for the denizens of Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” there is only one pressing concern — the acquisition of limes to flavor the guacamole and icy frothed drinks served with a rimmer of salt. That self-delusional pursuit of happiness has been harshed this year by regional violence, drought, and plant disease in Mexico, where most of our limes are grown in Colina. Lime prices nearly doubled to $100 per case this year following the supply shock, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In fact, the average individual lime price rose from 21 cents to 53 cents. Ronnie Cohen, vice president of sales for Vision Import Group, told USA Today the price had never been so high, with afficionados of the fruit now referring to “ore verde,” or green gold. "We're at an unprecedented price point," Cohen said. The steep lime appreciation has even drawn the interest of some drug cartels,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste - Debbie Arrington - The Sacramento Bee -
Seeds: Heirloom fruit has bonus beyond taste - Debbie Arrington - The Sacramento Bee
"There’s a reason heirloom crops have lasted a hundred years or more. Sure, they taste great – and that keeps farmers and gardeners growing this produce – but there might be something more to their inherent longevity. It may go down to their genes. Some of the oldest fruit varieties appear to have natural tolerance to drought and many pests or diseases. That built-in drought- and pest-tolerance is key to their long-term survival. Organic farming pioneer Amigo Bob Cantisano can’t point to anything definitive, but he sees the proof in abandoned orchards and wild seedlings scattered throughout the Sierra foothills where he’s lived and farmed for 40 years. Some fruit trees were born to last – even when water is extremely limited. “These plants seem to do really well in the drought,” he observed. “They’re more adapted. They were brought to California before the era of irrigation, so they had to be hardy and able to take some stress. About 80 percent of the plants we’re dealing with don’t... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
10 Cottage Gardens That Are Just Too Charming For Words (PHOTOS) -
10 Cottage Gardens That Are Just Too Charming For Words (PHOTOS)
10 Cottage Gardens That Are Just Too Charming For Words (PHOTOS)
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Unlike other gardens, ones in this style usually have a casual layout and mix flowers, herbs and veggies freely. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The first places look like places near me. I like driving by their yards. - Anika
Are you allowed to take photos of flowers/plants in peoples front gardens in US? I always ask the home owner, I knock on there door and ask. - Halil
I do. If they see me, they'll usually invite me into the gardens for more pictures and discussions. Some give cuttings and plants, too. Ironically, for my job, I get yelled at by people whose homes I'm NOT photographing. - Anika
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' | Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus' | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
This is an excellent, evergreen variety which produces lovely, pale blue flowers which have been a familiar sight in British gardens for hundreds of years. It is an outstanding, trailing variety for hanging baskets and patio pots, the runners becoming loaded with flowers between late spring and mid-summer. - Eventual Height 50cm to 1m Eventual Spread 50cm to 1m - Halil from Bookmarklet
want! - Halil
There are a couple prostrate form rosemaries. They're nice. You should join some gardening boards like Folia and others. I'm sure you could find someone local who'd give you a cutting. - Spidra Webster
We had a kind of these in the front yard of our old place. I loved how they made a great carpet. At my kid's school the planters in the parking lot have a taller version. I bet they'd be even more lovely with some water and pruning. - Anika
Here's a huge curtain of the stuff overhanging a divided hill road. - Spidra Webster
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'CSI' of the plant world | The Salinas Californian | -
'CSI' of the plant world | The Salinas Californian |
"Simplifying the explanation of what she does, Carolee Bull, Ph.D., said when people visit her lab at the USDA Agricultural Research Service facility in Salinas, she tells them they have just walked into a forensics lab. “We’re trying to figure out who killed the broccoli” is Bull’s usual, tongue-in-cheek response to what her team is involved in. In other words, this is a “CSI” lab for the vegetable world. But although the work done here is important and fascinating, don’t expect a television series to focus on this scientist’s efforts anytime soon. Biological control of plant pathogens and phytobacteriology were the subjects Bull pursued as a graduate student as a National Science Foundation fellow and USDA/ARS postdoctoral researcher. She laughed and said that in the sciences “people pay you to go to graduate school”; thus, Bull explained, she was paid to get her master’s degree and doctorate. After she received her Ph.D. in plant pathology (with a microbial ecology emphasis) from... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
"Once the correct identification and classification of the pathogen was completed, an environmental and affordable way of dealing with it could be developed. Projects like this one allow the scientist, as Bull put it, to “keep one foot in the furrow solving real problems for grower and one foot in the laboratory asking fundamental questions about pathogens and antagonists.” Bull’s... more... - Spidra Webster
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Chelsea Green: The Politics and Practice of Sustainable Living - Bookstore -
Books 25% off right now. Not sure how that compares with what they're going for elsewhere, though. - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Twitter / MartinPPorter: @TheHappyG Did you see the ... -
Twitter / MartinPPorter: @TheHappyG Did you see the ...
"@TheHappyG Did you see the response of a local horticulturalist in Lewes to Waitrose opening a plant dept? #brilliant" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Someone online identified it as this nursery: - Spidra Webster
It’s important to understand that many of the original wild forms of these famous flowers look nothing like the garden flowers that mostly Dutch hybridizers have created from them. It’s a fascinating story, unknown by most wildflower enthusiasts. Most of the true “wild” forms of these bulbs are still available, but with all the clamor and glamour of the hybrids, the wild ones are sometimes hard to find. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Nine billion flower bulbs a year are produced in Holland’s modern production fields today. - Halil
Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule, syn. Papaver croceum, P. miyabeanum, P. amurense, and P. macounii) is a boreal flowering plant. -
Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule, syn. Papaver croceum, P. miyabeanum, P. amurense, and P. macounii) is a boreal flowering plant.
Iceland Poppy (Papaver nudicaule, syn. Papaver croceum, P. miyabeanum, P. amurense, and P. macounii) is a boreal flowering plant.
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Iceland poppies are hardy but short-lived perennials, often grown as biennials, that yield large, papery, bowl-shaped, lightly fragrant flowers supported by hairy, one foot, curved stems among feathery blue-green foliage 1-6 inches long. They were first described by botanists in 1759. The wild species blooms in white or yellow - Halil from Bookmarklet
The term boreal is applied to ecosystems with a subarctic climate in the Northern hemisphere, approximately between latitude 45° to 65° North. Boreal forests are also known as the Taiga, particularly in Europe and Asia. ~ Taiga also known as boreal forest, is a biome characterized by coniferous forests consisting mostly of pines, spruces and larches. - Halil
Iceland Poppy Seeds - Hardy perennial in USA - Halil
Here's a new one for me: My bulb plants all sent up leaves in December. They stopped growing around mid-Feb. Usually, by now they would've bloomed. There's no flowerbuds. My hostas are also dormant. Usually, they get pretty lush around now.
The hostas are really worrying. I know we've had a summer-like winter, so I'm going to assume that's why. Usually from Nov. through to July, they're vibrant and fill the post. They died back in Nov. and nothing since. - Anika
So you think they exhausted themselves from the mild winter? - Halil
Good question. If so, does that mean I have to wait until Nov. for them to start sending up shoots again? - Anika
Maybe, I'm not sure. Do you normally feed them? Having said that, if you're not actually seeing any growth feeding them won't help much. - Halil
Yeah, I fed them in Oct. and a weaker solution Jan. since it was so hot. - Anika
Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion -
Callicarpa Bodinieri Profusion
Propagation: Root softwood cuttings in spring, or semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Limnanthes douglasii is a species of annual flowering plant in the family Limnanthaceae (meadowfoam) commonly known as poached egg plant or Douglas' meadowfoam. -
Limnanthes douglasii is a species of annual flowering plant in the family Limnanthaceae (meadowfoam) commonly known as poached egg plant or Douglas' meadowfoam.
Limnanthes douglasii is a species of annual flowering plant in the family Limnanthaceae (meadowfoam) commonly known as poached egg plant or Douglas' meadowfoam.
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The plant was collected by the Scottish explorer and botanist David Douglas, who worked on the west coast of America in the 1820s. - Halil from Bookmarklet
It is a popular ornamental plant. It attracts hoverflies to the garden to eat the aphids and is well loved by bees. It is self-seeding, and gardeners are often careful as to where the seeds fall as it will quite happily grow in a lawn. - Halil
I didn't know this was an American flower. - Halil
They remind me of tidytips, which I used to grow. - Anika
Commelina dianthifolia, Bird-bill Day Flower, Widow's Tears - Hardy Perennial -
Commelina dianthifolia, Bird-bill Day Flower, Widow's Tears - Hardy Perennial
A very rare plant indeed. This is one of the few plants with such intense blue flowers and that will also perform well in the garden. Flowering in its first year with 2.5cm (1in) gentian blue flowers, it then produces tubers and springs back to life the following year with an unceasing display of blooms. Wonderful in containers, rock gardens and the border (regardless of soil conditions). Hardy down to -8/-10C. Flowers summer. Height 15-30cm (6-12in.) - Halil from Bookmarklet
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
Spidra Webster
"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
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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
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