GRAPEVINE: Anza-Borrego, Perennial Discipline, Molly the Witch, Green + Bean, Cholesterol Tomato, Imaginary Axis, Aster Evaluation, Raw Boxwood, Brookside Geranium, Loquat Love, Espaliers 2013, Animal Mind, Psychopathy Now

The desert lily,, Hesperocallis undulata, blooming in the Anza-Borrego desert, March 2013.

The desert lily,, Hesperocallis undulata, blooming in the Anza-Borrego desert, March 2013. Photo Fred Melgert; see Anza-Borrego clip below.

The roof at the south end of the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, photographed by Bertie Bainbridge. Bertie is a diploma student at Kew, also an excellent writer and photographer. Click image to link to Bertie's post about the Palm House.

The roof at the south end of the Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, photographed by Bertie Bainbridge. Bertie is a diploma student at Kew, also an excellent writer and photographer. Click image to link to Bertie’s post about the Palm House.

“In season, all is good.” – Sophocles

Wildflower Updates, Anza-Borrego desert
March 13, 2012: This great photo of a desert lily was submitted today by Carla Hoegen and Fred Melgert.  They found it off to the side of the S22, between mile posts 38 and 39.  Absolutely beautiful flower!
Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association

How to keep perennials in check
The Molly-the-witch has broken ground, each of its spears a meaty-red wick bright against the mulch. The peonies are early to rise, and already the shoots have ruptured to reveal a cluster of carmine-pink leaves.
Dan Pearson, The Observer

Molly the Witch
Affectionately known as ‘Mollie-the-witch’, Paeonia mlokosewitschii makes up for its somewhat awkward name by being one of the loveliest and best tempered of herbaceous perennials in the garden.
Paradise Garden

Beans and Greens: A Power Couple
If you’ve been a longtime follower of Recipes for Health, you know how much I like combining beans and greens. They make a good, nourishing couple and every peasant cuisine in the world seems to know this.
New York Times

Tomatoes That Mimic Actions of Good Cholesterol Created
After the tomatoes were eaten, the peptide surprisingly was found to be active in the small intestine but not in the blood, suggesting that targeting the small intestine may be a new strategy to prevent diet-induced atherosclerosis, the plaque-based disease of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
Science Daily

Imaginary axis … garden structure at Federal Twist
The shape of the axis is not arbitrary. It follows the pattern of storm water flow around the house and across the garden to the long slope down to Lockatong Creek.
View from Federal Twist

Aster Evaluation
I just got done reading the latest plant evealuation notes from Chicago Botanic Garden.  This issue: Asters.  With 116 taxa, this was the largest comparitive evaluation trial they’ve done to date.  The trial list uses the current nomenclature, which I’m still adapting to.
Confessions of a Plant Geek

Boxwoods
There were boxwoods here since I knew this place. They used to march up each side of the front walk. There was a fire one year when the woods across the road burned and fire crossed over.
Secrets of a Seed Scatterer

The Ongoing Saga Of Geranium ‘Brookside’
At that point, they had resided in my garden for a few years and I wasn’t the least bit impressed. Even in full bloom, they looked messy and out of control; and not in a cottage garden like good way.
An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener

Eriobotrya japonica; my favorite plant in the garden this week…
I feel a special sort of attachment to this loquat. I watched it at a nursery for over a year before I finally bought it. During that year I purchased another loquat (less expensive, more the shape I needed for the available spot) but I never stopped thinking about this one.
Danger Garden

The 2013 Espaliers
It is no secret that I am very fond of espaliered trees. Espaliers? These are trees or shrubs which are pruned to a 2-dimensional shape.
Dirt Simple

One of Us
These are stimulating times for anyone interested in questions of animal consciousness. On what seems like a monthly basis, scientific teams announce the results of new experiments, adding to a preponderance of evidence that we’ve been underestimating animal minds, even those of us who have rated them fairly highly.
Lapham’s Quarterly

Psychopathy’s Double Edge
Over a 28-year-old single-malt scotch at the Scientific Study of Psychopathy’s biennial bash in Montreal in 2011, I asked Bob Hare, “When you look around you at modern-day society, do you think, in general, that we’re becoming more psychopathic?”
The Chronicle of Higher Education

“Only a man can draw a self-portrait, but only a man wants to.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Could this green meteorite discovered last year in Morocco be from Mercury? Scientists want to know. Click image to link to space.com.

Could this green meteorite discovered last year in Morocco be from Mercury? Scientists want to know. Click image to link to space.com.

Satoyama is a word that describes the farming landscape near the hills and mountains in Japan, where water is abundant and farmers for a long time have maintained the soil for rice and vegetables. Click image for more at Treehugger. Photo Namazu-tron, Wikimedia Commons.

Satoyama is a word that describes the farming landscape near the hills and mountains in Japan, where water is abundant and farmers for a long time have maintained the soil for rice and vegetables. Click image for more at Treehugger. Photo Namazu-tron, Wikimedia Commons.

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