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Because it’s so pretty…

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The Japanese have taken a plant originally native to North America,  and have created  a festival  featuring the perennial moss in fantastic designs.   It’s a bit bright for my taste,  but the flows of flowers in blooms are undeniably gorgeous.

 

 

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May 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

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Gambling to grow…

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Plants may be more clever than we think.  Scientists have discovered that peas  will gamble  on finding nutrients when they are limited in availability,  but are less inclined to don’t when they’re plentiful.   that doesn’t mean the peas are actually intelligent,  but that they have evolved to be extremely efficient at survival.

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June 30, 2016 at 11:48 pm

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Death Valley super-bloom…

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One normally thinks of one of the hottest places on Earth as a dead zone,  essentially devoid of life,  but last fall’s ample rains have turned Death Valley’s normal austerity into a riot of  colorful blooming  plants.

 

 

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February 23, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Cherry blossoms on the National Mall…

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We normally expect the cherry trees on the National Mall to bloom in early spring,  and it is a truly glorious sight,  but they are among the species which can have more than one bloom period,  so that is the most likely explanation for  this early  winter treat.

That said,  it has been another strange weather year.   I was given a commercial chrysanthemum plant,  and it has bloomed again,  which is fairly unusual.   There were only about a fourth as many blooms this time, but they were larger.   I’m still picking a variety of peppers,  but the freezing weather I expect shortly will put paid to that.   I’m saving the  habanero plant,  but the rest will join the tomato plants in my compost bins,  as they have become too leggy to produce well in the future.

 

 

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November 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

Worm-killer plants…

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Shades of The Little Shop of Horrors!  Relatives of the  garden snapdragon  apparently send extra leaves underground to trap worms to feed off of.

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July 2, 2012 at 11:53 am

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Who speaks for plants?…

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Dr. Tim Ball has a typically straightforward skewering of the global warming —  no, it’s climate change  — oh, wait, it’s now climate crisis — promoters who have made carbon dioxide a bugabear:

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8110

Of course, if there isn’t enough carbon dioxide for plants, there won’t be any oxygen for us. I don’t understand how people who promote such nonsense keep their jobs —  oh, wait, a lot of them work for the federal government.

In a related matter, Wired has a piece on the Little Ice Age,  which is now thought to have been confined largely to the Northern Hemisphere:

http://www.wired.com.nyud.net:8090/science/discoveries/news/2009/02/dayintech_0202

The interesting point is that the article wonders whether a mean temperature decrease of  “less than 2 degrees Fahrenheit” even qualifies as an ice age.  Since the global temperature has now decreased for the past 9 years, why are we still hearing about gw/cc/cc?

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February 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm