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lepidodendron stump preserved defense of plants

A preserved Lepidodendron stump. “The Carboniferous was the heyday for early land plants. Giant lycopods, ferns, and horsetails formed the backbone of terrestrial ecosystems. By far the most abundant plants during these times were a group of giant, tree-like lycopsids known as the scale trees.” Photo and text from “The Rise and Fall of the Scale Trees” at In Defense of Plants.

steve geddes pumpkin 2018 boston globe

“The pumpkin grown by Steve Geddes of Boscawen, N.H. tipped the scales at a whopping 2,528 pounds, which earned him a first-place ribbon and $6,000 in prize money, officials said. Geddes also won major bragging rights, as he currently owns the biggest pumpkin ever grown in North America.” Photo and text from the Boston Globe, 9/28/18.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
We’ve begun to talk about living in the Anthropocene, a world shaped by humans. But E.O. Wilson, the naturalist and prophet of environmental degradation, has suggested another name: the Eremocine, the age of loneliness.
New York Times Magazine

Species Tulips
In my Seattle garden, among those dozen or so species that have returned for three to five years, are the long-lived Tulipa batalinii clan, including ‘Apricot Jewel’, ‘Bright Gem’, and ‘Bronze Charm’. From Bukhara (part of present day Uzbekistan in western Asia), T. batalinii seems to be ready for anything. These eager, apricot or soft, bronzy-yellow, urn-shaped blossoms may actually begin to open while sitting on the soil, impatient for their six-inch stems to catch up with their enthusiasm.
Lee Neff; The Pacific Horticulture Society

New tool to predict which plants will become invasive
The results indicate that a single, easily measurable trait — plant height — can be a highly predictive factor in determining which plants may become invasive in a given environment.
Science Daily

Better “nowcasting” can reveal what weather is about to hit within 500 meters
The results are promising. One important assumption weather forecasters make is that the atmosphere will continue to change in the same way it does now. This is called Lagrangian persistence, and it is often spot on.
MIT Technology Review

Up and Comers for 2019
Hundreds of new variety introductions made their debut earlier this year at the California Spring Trials.
Greenhouse Product News

Horridculture – Well Done Stakes Are Rare
Stakes are temporary. That is what so called maintenance ‘gardeners’ do not seem to understand. Stakes should not stay any longer than necessary, so need to be removed sooner than later, depending on their function. Stakes that are left too long can interfere with the healthy development of the trees and vines that they were intended to help.
Tony Tomeo

Perennial Digitalis
As a group, they are known as the foxgloves, named for their most popular species, the common foxglove: Digitalis purpurea. The genus has recently migrated from the figwort family (scrophulariaceae) to the plantain family (plantaginaceae) – along with its cousins the penstemons – but most references still place them in their former taxonomical position.
Rob’s Plants

Quarry garden sculpture at Pedreres de s’Hostal as an example of the after-use of mineral workings
Quarries are famed for their propensity to create ‘a scar on the landscape’. But they can also produce wonderful results, as land sculpture on a supra-human scale and majesty.
Garden Visit

John Singer Sargent’s Carrara Watercolors
One of the reasons I wanted to go to Carrara, I’m not ashamed to admit, is because James Bond had a car chase there.
Dry Stone Garden

Chesterwood: An Enchanted Space
For 35 years, French summered at Chesterwood and cultivated his garden, imploring colleagues to visit.  “I hope you will come to ‘Chesterwood’ and rest.” he wrote in 1911.  “It is as beautiful as fairy-land here now, the hemlocks are decorating themselves with their light-green tassels and the laurel is beginning to blossom and the peonies are a glory in the garden. I go about in an ecstasy of delight over the loveliness of things.”
Landscape Notes

Status of Spring
How do you know when spring has begun? Is it the appearance of the first tiny leaves on the trees, or the first crocus plants peeping through the snow? The First Leaf and First Bloom Indices are synthetic measures of these early season events in plants, based on recent temperature conditions. These models allow us to track the progression of spring onset across the country.
National Phenology Network

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright

sargent watercolor carrara

Carrara marble quarry, from a series of watercolors by John Singer Sargent, 1911-1913.

iceberg finder

Track the movement of icebergs around the world at Iceberg Finder.