GRAPEVINE: Emma Stothard, Boxwood, Weed Despair, Cultivated Weed, El Nino 2013, Native Plants, Witchy Plants, Powdery Mildew, Johnny’s Seeds, Lawn Robot, Salad Nutrients, Highgrove, Mister Rogers

To put it mildly, Emma Stothard makes sculptures from willow branches. This piece is called “Mare and Foal.” Created in her Yorkshire studio, Stothard’s sculptures grace gardens and galleries worldwide, including Prince Charles’ Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire. Click image to link to Stothard’s website.

Confessions of a Boxwood Lover
Within the world of gardening, there are few plants that can evoke such strong emotional reactions as Buxus sempervirens, better known as common boxwood. If you think the country is politically divided, be assured that, when it comes to whether or not you would plant boxwood in your garden, it’s also botanically divided.  Simply put, you either love this plant or you hate it.   Notes from Juniper Hill

– Despair Grows in My Garden
I suspect that everyone hates weeds and that at the top of your list is the weed you deal with most often. I have plenty to choose from but my most hated weed is one that really falls under that annoyingly apt line “A weed is a flower in the wrong spot.” The flowers in the wrong spots in my life are Palm seedlings from just one tree in my neighbor’s yard.     Me So Thorny

– Purslane: A Cultivated Weed
Purslane (Portulaca olearacea), an edible weed, is a member of the Portulaca family of plants. Purslane is often noted as being a creeper since it grows as a trailing mound low to the ground. Purslane is a good source of Vitamins A and C, Magnesium, Potassium, and Manganese, as well as many amino acids.     Wood Ridge

– You Think 2012 Is Hot? Wait Until 2013
The United States sweltered in the hottest July on record, following the hottest spring on record. More than 60 percent of the contiguous United States is suffering from drought, as are parts of eastern Europe and India. El Niño conditions are forecast to develop in the tropical Pacific Ocean, warming up ocean surface temperatures. Some observers have predicted that this will lead to record-breaking global temperatures next year.     Slate

– The Native Plant Enthusiasm: Ecological Panacea or Xenophobia?
Over the last two decades, landscape designers have tended to avoid the use of plants that are labeled exotic, or non-native. Many professionals and laypeople who are interested in nature, landscape, and gardens assume that what they believe are indigenous, or native, plants are unquestionably better than those that are not.      Arnoldia

– The Nightshades
Among the plants associated with witchcraft in antiquity and the Middle Ages are a number of poisonous and narcotic species that are chemically related to one another, including the mandrakes (Mandragora officinarum and M. autumnalis), henbane, (Hyoscyamus niger), thorn apple (Datura metel) and deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna). All are members of the nightshade family, the Solanaceae.     The Medieval Garden Enclosed

– Powdery Mildew
Powdery mildew is caused by a fungus and is seen as a light gray or whitish powder on the surface of leaves. It occurs following warm days and cool nights often being seen in the fall and spring. The disease is considered more unsightly than harmful. Death of the plant is rare.
Missouri Botanical Garden

Johnny’s Selected Seeds Now 100% Employee Owned
In 2006, a plan was put in place for the company to become an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) with the intention of the ESOP Trust owning 100% of the shares by 2016.  In June of 2012, the Employee Stock Ownership Plan Trust’s was able to acquire 100% of Johnny’s Selected Seeds from founder, Rob Johnston, ahead of schedule.     Growing Ideas

Honda’s Miimo Robot Is Roomba For Your Lawn
Small, round, even kind of cute, it circles to and fro, cheerfully tending to its job so you don’t have to. No, I’m not talking about Roomba. I’m talking about Miimo, the lawn-cutting robot made by Honda that will soon make chore-averse Europeans’ dreams come true.    Singularity Hub

Market Lighting Affects Nutrients in Salad Greens, Researchers Find
Many people reach toward the back of the fresh-produce shelf to find the freshest salad greens with the latest expiration dates. But a study led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists may prompt consumers to instead look for packages that receive the greatest exposure to light–usually those found closest to the front.     Science Daily

– Video: Highgrove: Alan meets Prince Charles   1 hour
The Prince of Wales takes Alan Titchmarsh on a tour of Highgrove House – his own personal retreat and family home.  The Highgrove estate has become synonymous with all things organic, and Alan finds out from Head Gardener Debs Goodenough and her team what inspired the beliefs of the most hands-on royal gardener in history.    BBC

Video: Mister Rogers Remixed   3:11 mins
The Garden of Your Mind: “You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind.”   PBS Digital

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, painted by Jennie Bellows in 1850. Click image to link to more paintings of Mount Vernon at Early American Gardens.

Daniel Ljunggren, “Man-Eating Plant.” Click image to link to Ljunggren’s portfolio.

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