Garden Design

The Addicted Gardener: Prepping plants for cooler weather – Wicked Local Westwood

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

In the past couple of weeks, temperatures have reached the high 80s and dipped to the low 40s. With that kind of temperature fluctuation, it’s definitely time to consider bringing plants in for the winter. But before you do, take the time to clean them to ensure you don’t bring in any hitchhiking buggers. I wash and check each individual leaf and then treat the soil…

Seeding the future? ‘Ark’ preserves rare, threatened plants – ABC News

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

An ordinary-looking freezer in a sturdy cinderblock shed at a suburban Boston botanical garden holds what might be New England’s most important seed catalog. Inside the freezer in Framingham are tightly sealed packages containing an estimated 6 million seeds from hundreds of plant species, bearing obscure or hard-to-pronounce names like potentilla robbinsiana. They are rare varieties of plant life native to the region — in some cases found nowhere else…

Blomkest Couple Grows Massive, Gorgeous Garden For Good Cause – CBS Minnesota / WCCO

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

BLOMKEST, Minn. (WCCO) — For those living in the middle of Minnesota’s farm country, it’s natural to have a green thumb. Unlike his neighbors in Blomkest, Bill Dykstra isn’t growing commercial crops. His garden is more a labor of love. “It’s just being out in nature,” he said. “That’s very rewarding.” Some 23,000 annuals fill more than 2 acres of Dykstra’s property. (credit: CBS) “Perennials are gorgeous. They have beautiful…

Seeding the future? ‘Ark’ preserves rare, threatened plants – ABC News

Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017

An ordinary-looking freezer in a sturdy cinderblock shed at a suburban Boston botanical garden holds what might be New England’s most important seed catalog. Inside the freezer in Framingham are tightly sealed packages containing an estimated 6 million seeds from hundreds of plant species, bearing obscure or hard-to-pronounce names like potentilla robbinsiana. They are rare varieties of plant life native to the region — in some cases found nowhere else…

Seeding the future? ‘Ark’ preserves rare, threatened plants – ABC News

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

An ordinary-looking freezer in a sturdy cinderblock shed at a suburban Boston botanical garden holds what might be New England’s most important seed catalog. Inside the freezer in Framingham are tightly sealed packages containing an estimated 6 million seeds from hundreds of plant species, bearing obscure or hard-to-pronounce names like potentilla robbinsiana. They are rare varieties of plant life native to the region — in some cases found nowhere else…

Oklahoma plants its flag in payback win at Ohio State – ESPN

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sep 9, 2017 Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Let’s consider this “Show-Me-Something” Saturday. This was a chance for a few of the top teams in the country to give us a little more clarity on who they truly are. Well, it’s pretty clear that Oklahoma isn’t going to let Bob Stoops’ retirement spoil its chance to make a run to the College Football Playoff. The fifth-ranked Sooners…

Irma Will Test Florida’s Infrastructure, From Dikes to Sewage Plants – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Engineers stopped releasing water from Lake Okeechobee on Saturday, confident that they had lowered levels enough to keep the dike and the towns around it safe as Hurricane Irma swept into southern Florida. But the dike, built seven decades ago and named for Herbert Hoover, was not the only major piece of Florida infrastructure that had officials concerned as the hurricane approached. Airports, sewage treatment plants,…

5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them in the same hydro-zone (plants with the same watering needs) as other California natives and various average-water plants which take…

Irma Will Test Florida’s Infrastructure, From Dikes to Sewage Plants – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Engineers stopped releasing water from Lake Okeechobee on Saturday, confident that they had lowered levels enough to keep the dike and the towns around it safe as Hurricane Irma swept into southern Florida. But the dike, built seven decades ago and named for Herbert Hoover, was not the only major piece of Florida infrastructure that had officials concerned as the hurricane approached. Airports, sewage treatment plants,…

5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them in the same hydro-zone (plants with the same watering needs) as other California natives and various average-water plants which take…

Brothers, 16 and 21, arrested in shooting death of Spring Garden activist – Philly.com

Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017

Philadelphia police have arrested two brothers in the shooting death of Spring Garden community activist Gerard Grandzol, they announced Saturday night. Maurice Roberts, 21, of Philadelphia, and his 16-year-old brother are in custody, police said. Police said the teen, whose name was not released, was the shooter. A police source with knowledge of the investigation identified the teen…

5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them in the same hydro-zone (plants with the same watering needs) as other California natives and various average-water plants which take…

As Irma approaches nuclear plants in Florida, lessons from Andrew resonate – Ars Technica

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

reader comments 34 In advance of Hurricane Irma, officials from Florida Power and Light (FPL) announced on Thursday that the utility would start shutting down the state’s only two nuclear power plants—Turkey Point, just south of Miami, and St. Lucie, north of West Palm Beach—as a safety measure. The Turkey Point plant seems to be closest to the hurricane’s probable path according to the latest models. It has two reactors,…

5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, September 09, 2017

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them in the same hydro-zone (plants with the same watering needs) as other California natives and various average-water plants which take…

Florida nuclear plants could take a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. Plant owners say they are ready. – Washington Post

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

The Turkey Point nuclear power plant is shown in a photo on March 8 in Homestead, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press) Florida’s two nuclear plants are in line for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Irma, but they are braced and ready, the plants’ owners said Friday. NextEra Energy’s Turkey Point, which stands amid mangroves 25 miles south of Miami, and St. Lucie, located on a barrier island about 125 miles north…

Walker + Worm Founders Talk Arthouse Success, Toronto Pic ‘The Garden’ – Variety

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Munich-based Walker + Worm Film has cranked out a slew of critically acclaimed productions in recent years, including Sonja Kroener’s feature debut, “The Garden,” which will make its international premiere in Toronto’s Discovery section, Philipp Leinemann’s police actioner “The Kings Surrender” and Frauke Finsterwalder’s drama “Finsterworld.” Established in 2008 by Tobias Walker and Philipp Worm, the company, which has produced more than 30 features, docs and commercials, is now moving…

A chemical meant to save plants is actually killing them—and it’s spreading – Popular Science

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

The issues associated with off-label dicamba use were supposed to disappear. Late last year, well after farmers in the Midwest had pulled the last soy and corn plants from their fields and were deep into preparation for this year’s planting season, the EPA approved three formulations of dicamba designed to be less volatile, or less likely to drift. One was created by Monsanto, another by the Dow Chemical Company, and…

Father shot and killed in front of daughter in Spring Garden – 6abc.com

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

Philadelphia Police say a father died protecting his young daughter during a robbery Thursday night in the city’s Spring Garden neighborhood. 38-year-old Gerard Grandzol was fatally shot just after 8 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Melon Street, where he lived. Police the suspects approached him, took his wallet and tried to steal his SUV with his 2-year-old daughter inside, but he wouldn’t let them. As a result, the…

9200 pot plants found growing on islands in the Colorado River – The Denver Post

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

More than 9,200 pot plants being grown illegally on two islands in the middle of the Colorado River were seized Thursday in a bust by a Western Slope drug task force. The pre-dawn raid by more than 50 local and federal law enforcement officers approaching the grow on foot and by boat also resulted in the arrest of two of three armed men guarding the operation about 100 yards from…

Antarctica’s Hidden Caves Could Be Home to ‘New World’ of Plants and Animals – Newsweek

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2017

The cave systems underneath the Antarctic ice could be home to an “exciting new world” of plants and animals. After analyzing DNA retrieved from a cave system underneath the Ross Island volcano Mount Erebus, scientists at the Australia National University found samples that could not be fully identified—pointing to the presence of unidentified species living in the subglacial terrains. The caves around Mount Erebus are surprisingly hot—geothermal heat from the volcano…

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