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We may finally understand why tropical plants have huge leaves – New Scientist

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

In their comfort zone Peter Wilf By Alice Klein Why do plants’ leaves shrink the further from the equator they grow? It may all be to do with maintaining a comfortable temperature. Leaves vary greatly in size, from less than 1 square millimetre to almost 1 square metre. Large-leaved plants like bananas and palms tend to live in the tropics, while small-leaved plants like heather and clover are…

Cap off your summer with a Lexington garden tour – The Boston Globe

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

GARDEN DELIGHTS The Lexington Field & Garden Club welcomes the public to Art in the Garden, a tour of a magnificent private garden in Lexington surrounded by artwork by local artists Teresa Deible, Tracy Fischer, Ronnie Gould, Alison Lauriat, and Molly Nye. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 to 5 p.m. (rain date Sept. 24, 3 to 5 p.m.). Tickets are $25 members, $30 nonmembers. The proceeds will…

Carnivorous plants: Thrill of the kill – San Francisco Chronicle

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

In the most basic sense, all carnivorous plants need is regular moisture and insects, but there is a great deal more to keeping these fascinating plants happy. California Carnivores in Sebastopol, which calls itself the largest carnivorous plant nursery in the United States, recommends growing most carnivorous plants in a mix of peat moss and perlite (or sand). It cautions against using regular potting soil as this will likely kill…

Tough little plants surface briefly on the lake’s retreating edge – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

The lake in late summer is brimming with life. Swallows and martins sweep through rafts of duck, coot and gulls, sometimes dipping to sip flies from the surface. The shoreline is lush with plants and wet with drizzle. We push through shoulder-high bushes of water mint and spires of gypsywort and golden dock. This is the seasonal outburst of the inundation community, the plants that spring up on the mud…

Tough little plants surface briefly on the lake’s retreating edge – The Guardian

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

The lake in late summer is brimming with life. Swallows and martins sweep through rafts of duck, coot and gulls, sometimes dipping to sip flies from the surface. The shoreline is lush with plants and wet with drizzle. We push through shoulder-high bushes of water mint and spires of gypsywort and golden dock. This is the seasonal outburst of the inundation community, the plants that spring up on the mud…

On Gardening: Discovering succulents worldwide – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Posted: Friday, September 01, 2017

Furcraea foetida. (Tom Karwin — Contributed) Gardening with flowering plants involves choosing among a very large number of options. Flowering plants (angiosperms) include 416 plant families, 13,164 genera and 295,383 species. These numbers are increasing with new discoveries and refinements in taxonomic systems. Gardeners typically manage this selection process in several ways. A popular strategy is to limit…

The Parasite That Wires Plants Together – The Atlantic

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

And that, unexpectedly, has its upsides. Wu’s team has now found that dodder inadvertently wires plants together, allowing them to trade chemical messages that warn one another of attacks by insects. Plants may seem like passive victims, ready to be easily consumed by hungry animals. But in reality, they actively defend themselves. They can produce defensive toxins when their leaves and stems are attacked. They can communicate with each other…

Graphic: What do Americans enjoy about gardening? – KTTS

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

While barbecuing is one of the more social outdoor activities, gardening is often the opposite. Many people tend to their greenery in solitude which has a calming even meditative effect. There seem to be many good reasons to do some garden work. According to a Statista survey, being outside in the fresh air is one of the most important (74 percent). Watching something grow and thrive is the next most satisfying…

Gardening with Allen: Add some color for fall, winter pots – The Columbian

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Allen Wilson is a Vancouver gardening specialist. Email Allen Wilson at allenw98663@yahoo.com.

Gardening Advice And Tips On Food Preservation – WVXU

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

While some local gardeners are disappointed in their late-summer harvest, others are gathering more fruit and vegetables than their families can eat. No one likes to see that food go to waste, so if you’ve already supplied neighbors and friends with all the tomatoes they can use and you can’t bring yourself to make one more loaf of zucchini bread, consider preserving your produce for use all through this winter….

Why my South Philly urban garden made me want to get up in the morning – Philly.com

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

I spend a lot (probably too much) of time at home. As a freelance writer, most of my days used to begin with a casual wake-up initiated by my internal alarm clock and a sluggish relocation from my bed to the kitchen table. Sometimes, I feared I might need to have the “I know it looks like I…

Dream Drives: A Hidden Hideaway At Bartram’s Garden – CBS Philly

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Bartram’s Garden could fool you into thinking you’re in the country, but you’re close enough to Center City to almost touch the Philly skyline. Aseel Rasheed, welcome center manager at Bartram’s Garden, said, “It’s a historic botanic garden that started here in 1728 by John Bartram.” The Bartram family lived on the land for 150 years, back when it was just farmland. Bartram was fascinated by botany…

The Hidden Symbolism in Princess Diana’s White Garden at Kensington Palace – Vogue.com

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

It’s a visual that’s equal parts beautiful and haunting: a sea of tributes and flowers, an estimated more than 60 million individual blooms, laid to rest outside Princess Diana’s former home at Kensington Palace, just as she was laid to rest herself. Cleanup took weeks: Fresh flowers were brought to London hospitals and nursing homes, teddy bears distributed to needy children, and poems boxed away. But the decaying bouquets? They…

Harvey Releases 2 Million Pounds of Pollutants From Refineries, Plants – NBCNews.com

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Damage from Hurricane Harvey may have released as much as 2 million pounds of potentially hazardous airborne pollutants from oil refineries and other facilities in the Houston area, according to regulatory filings submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In some cases, the estimated amounts released vastly exceed legal limits — but the state agency can’t confirm how many contaminants have been released because air-quality monitoring stations throughout the…

Gardening: Old finds peek through blooming August garden of the month – The Spokesman-Review

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Walking into Lory Miller’s whimsical and colorful garden early one morning last week was enough to make me forget the plateful of projects, work assignments and to-do lists I thought I had to deal with. For an hour, I wandered through one garden room after another just taking in the blooming plants, art work and clever signs with sayings like: “Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes.” …

The Hidden Symbolism in Princess Diana’s White Garden at Kensington Palace – Vogue.com

Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017

It’s a visual that’s equal parts beautiful and haunting: a sea of tributes and flowers, an estimated more than 60 million individual blooms, laid to rest outside Princess Diana’s former home at Kensington Palace, just as she was laid to rest herself. Cleanup took weeks: Fresh flowers were brought to London hospitals and nursing homes, teddy bears distributed to needy children, and poems boxed away. But the decaying bouquets? They…

William and Harry remember Princess Diana with visit to memorial garden – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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William and Harry to remember Diana at new memorial garden – The Guardian

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are to pay tribute to their mother on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death, amid scented roses and other favourite flowers in a new memorial White Garden at Kensington Palace. A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the garden visit would “allow the princes to pay tribute to the life and work of their mother the day before the 20th anniversary of…

Flooded Texas Chemical Plants Raise Concerns About Toxic Emissions – NPR

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Houston is home to hundreds of petrochemical plants and some of them are damaged by flooding. Environmental groups worry about toxic emissions, and one plant is at risk of a possible explosion.

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