Grapevine: Singapore Supertrees, Federal Twist, Royal Flowers, Decoded Flowers, False Nettle, Serviceberry, Bear’s Breeches, Tasteless Tomatoes, Happier Ladybugs, Droughty Topics

The Supertree Grove is illuminated during the Gardens by the Bay, Light and Sound show on July 2 in Singapore.

Supertrees light up the night sky in Singapore
The free nightly light and sound display illuminates 18 150-foot-tall “supertrees” adorned with 163,000 plants of more than 200 species of bromeliads, orchids, ferns, and tropical climbing flowers. The vertical forest is part of a multimillion-dollar project called Gardens by the Bay and opened to the public on June 29.      MSNBC

Not Nature, an Entertainment
The Federal Twist garden is a man-made glade in the woods – we cut down many trees to make it – hemmed in on all sides by tall trees. It looks appropriate to the place, as a glade looks appropriate in a forest.      View From Federal Twist

Royalish Flower Seed
Seed from some of the plants grown at Buckingham Palace are now on sale, but will their royal connections get them across international borders?      Human Flower Project

Decoding a Flower’s Message
Texas gourd vines unfurl their large, flared blossoms before sunrise …their yellow petals and mild, squashy aroma attract bees that gather nectar and shuttle pollen from flower to flower. But “when you advertise [to pollinators], you advertise in an open communication network,” says chemical ecologist Ian Baldwin of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany. “You attract not just the good guys, but you also attract the bad guys.”      American Scientist

Plant: Sycamore-leaved False Nettle
Who doesn’t need a perennial that looks as if it’s coming right over to greet you?  Here’s the first of the Boehmeria tribe you should sample.  B. platanifolia—meaning with leaves that are like those of sycamore trees.       Louis the Plant Geek

Plant: The Amazing Serviceberry
In my lineup of edible landscape plants, the serviceberry plays a starring role. Yet for too many gardeners this plant is unknown. Are you ready to try something new and delicious?     Mother Earth

Plant: Acanthus mollis; Bear’s Breeches
Glossy, interestingly cut foliage is quite attractive, and forms a tight cluster. Upright flowering stalks in summer carry rows of two-toned flowers to a striking effect.     Rob’s Plants

Flavor Is Price of Scarlet Hue of Tomatoes, Study Finds
Plant geneticists say they have discovered an answer to a near-universal question: Why are tomatoes usually so tasteless?       New York Times

– Ladybirds thrive on organic aphids
Ladybird larvae that eat prey raised on organically-grown crops are more likely to survive than those eating aphids raised on crops grown with conventional fertiliser.       Planet Earth

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 3, 2012. Click image to link to time-lapse maps.

More than half of continental U.S. experiencing drought
While no single event like this year’s extensive drought can be blamed on global warming, scientists say more extreme weather is likely as the planet warms.      Mother Nature News

Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds
A new study looking at key aquifers beneath the Great Plains and California’s Central Valley suggests that areas of Texas and Kansas are drawing groundwater at an unsustainable rate.      CSM

Video: Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World    17:42 mins.
Astounding! A real mind-blower.       TED

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