Grapevine: Red Beach, Hot Lips, Queen Matrona, Purple Hyacinth, Poisonous Gardens, Poisonous Fables, Espalier, Victorian Flowers, Victorian Vegetables, Expensive Vegetable, Probiotic Soil

Red Beach, Panjin, China.

Red Beach
Located in the Liaohe River Delta in northeastern China, Red Beach is a 1.4 million acre reserve that attracts a lot of attention in the early fall, when its grass collectively blushes. The crimson flora is a variety of seepweed, a type of salt-tolerant grass, that turns red as it matures.    GrindTV

Plant: “Hot Lips” Sage
“Hot Lips” is a variety of sage released by the Strybing Arboretum in 2002, reaching the Seattle area market by late winter 2003.     Paghat

Plant: Sedum “Matrona”
In my “add no extra water” garden, sedums are a great group of plants to propagate again and again throughout the garden, tying it together and allowing you to fulfill that “repeat theme” fundamental of good garden design.      Kansas Garden Musings

Plant: Lablab purpureus; Purple Hyacinth bean
My initial encounter with the Purple Hyacinth Bean (Lablab purpureus) came while doing some research into heat tolerant beans online. Supposedly, Thomas Jefferson happened to have this plant as a flower within his garden.      The Scientific Gardener

The Poison Garden
The purpose of THE POISON GARDEN website is to provide insights, many of them amusing, into the human race’s long relationship with substances which have the potential to cause great harm.  The Poison Garden

Into the Wild and Other Poisonous Plant Fables
The fear of wild plants runs very deep in Western civilization. While it certainly is true that people can poison themselves with wild vegetation, the fear that we attribute to plants is monstrously out of proportion with the actual danger they pose. Like many profound and unexamined fears, this one breeds irrationality, causing many people to suspend all logic and refuse to participate in rational discourse.     Forager’s Harvest

– Espalier
During the 18th century, an espalier was a lattice-work or frame-work or wall support system, sometimes defining the boundary of a garden, upon which ornamental or bearing fruit trees were pruned & trained.     American Garden History

Victorian Garden Plants 1: Flowers
Good late Regency and Victorian flowers are legion, however, every selection must include some of the following; agapanthuses, hollyhocks, AmaranthusAnemone hupehensis, antirrhinums, Aster, calceolarias, campanulas (especially Campanula lactiflora and C. pyramidalis), chrysanthemum, dahlias, some sorts of Delphinium,Dianthus, the most attractive sort of DicentraGalanthus, hyacinths, irises, KniphofiaLathyrus, lilies, lobelias, various sorts of Narcissus, paeonies (especially Paeonia lactiflora hybrids), poppies, especially the oriental sort, Pelargonium, penstemons and petunias, Salvia (the tender species), tulips, verbenas and, most important of all, pansies and violas.     David Stuart Gardens

Video: The Victorian Kitchen Garden
Peter Thoday meets up with Harry Dodson to turn back the clock and recreate a typical walled Victorian kitchen garden. 28:54 mins     BBC

The World’s Most Expensive Vegetable
Long before hops plants form their long, sticky cones, the plants send up a little shoot. I picked a handful of these shoots from my dad’s hop bines last week (yes, they’re called bines, not vines). While no international price index charts the prices of vegetables, hop shoots are considered among the world’s most expensive vegetables, commanding a far higher price than prized white asparagus.     Smithsonian

Probiotics supercharge plants’ immunity to disease
With the help of beneficial bacteria, plants can slam the door when disease pathogens come knocking, University of Delaware researchers have discovered.     Science Daily

A laundry basket full of  Datura inoxia blossoms, grown by Patrick Quinn in Lawrence, Kansas. Over 100 buds opened last night, and Quinn reports that the bees are lined up like jets at O’Hare. All parts of Datura are toxic and highly psychoactive, as is honey made from Datura pollen. Datura inoxia grows wild throughout the Midwest, known commonly as Jimson Weed, Thornapple and Loco Weed, the latter name for its deliriant effect on hapless, pasture-grazed livestock. Cut Datura flowers wilt to mush in a couple of hours. Photo: Patrick Quinn.

Diego Rivera, “El Vendedor de Alcatraces” (“The Calla Flower Seller”), 1941

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