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General Discussion / Re: Plants in the News
May 02, 2024, 08:29:49 AM
Quote from: David Pilling on February 15, 2024, 04:40:18 PMPlants can talk to each other and scientists say it should make us rethink how we treat them
" The Light Eaters chronicles an expansive collection of recent, mind-blowing botanical discoveries. Touching on plants' ability to communicate, be social, sense physical and auditory stimulation (i.e. feel and hear), and even remember, these studies collectively take on the controversial question of whether plants might be intelligent, or even conscious, beings."

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC
For all you plant geeks out there with some time on their hands, we recently found (via this interactive program by Max Richter for your entertainment:

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC
They sent a notice out several weeks ago that they would close for the holiday season. I'd try again in January.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC

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Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC
General Discussion / Re: Lapeirousia repotting
October 16, 2023, 12:22:41 PM
Quote from: Rdevries on October 16, 2023, 09:01:13 AMDoes anyone grow Lapeirousia orogena
in masse with luck keeping them happy?
Until the great greenhouse heater failure of winter 2016, grew Lapeirousia oreogena en masse in 4 inch square deep plastic pots for many years. 

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC
Current Photographs / Re: Sept. photos
September 25, 2023, 08:20:09 AM
"  Is there some herb or something I can grow"

Try chrysanthemums. They are easy to find this time of year here.

Mark Mazer
Hertford, NC
Canadian Peat Week:   "Treed peatlands exhibit both crown and smouldering fire potential; however, neither are included in Canadian wildfire management models and, as such, they are not formally represented in management decision-making." 

Mark Mazer
East Coast USA
"  I have used various garden plants and weeds as foraged ingredients"

Oh so many of these plants contain agents that are mutagenic and/or carcenogenic and caution in their use would be prudent.  Little testing has been done on humans.
" If you are interested in the durability of ground contact wood"

If you can get it,  Robinia pseudoacacia, commonly known as black locust, makes the best ground contact wood. It is considered an invasive species in some areas.
Current Photographs / Re: May 2023 photos
May 07, 2023, 01:50:01 PM
NoMowMay... Naturalized Nymph in lawn.... [color=rgb(var(--color-foreground))]Herbertia lahue ssp. lahue?[/color]
Arisaema reference books...  Himalayan Cobra-Lilies (Arisaema) Their Botany And Culture by Udai C. Pradhan 
Quote from: Martin Bohnet on January 24, 2023, 01:13:29 PMwinter starts running out of time
Meanwhile in the UK:

"Temperatures have plummeted again, Britain is becalmed by an anticyclone, and the National Grid is warning that supply is going to be tight this evening. Coal plants are being dusted down several months after they were supposed to have closed, and the National Grid is activating what it calls its Demand Flexibility Service. This means customers signed up to the scheme can earn up to £6 per kilowatt-hour saved if they agree to turn off their appliances between 5 and 6pm.
It is not hard to spot a slight issue with this offer: the more electricity you use on a normal Monday, the easier it will be for you to cash in today. As with so many green subsidies, it perversely rewards the well-off at the expense of the poor. "
Quote from: Bern on January 06, 2023, 01:24:01 PMother dogs that they use to control their rodent problems? 
My daughter's Ibizan (a blazingly fast sighthound) keeps her yard and veggie garden free from rabbits and our Australian terrier would often catch and dispatch garter snakes and chipmunks in the CT rock gardens. The giant schnauzers prefer to hunt two-legged rodents.