• NMNH Field Book Project: Flash! Weddell seals

    Updated: 2013-01-11 14:00:31
    Ray and Lavallee with Weddell seals at the Palmer Peninsula, Antarctica. Circa 1962. SIA2012-0669. More... (http://nmnh.typepad.com/fieldbooks/2013/01/flash-weddell-seals.html)

  • Which cultivar is this primula?

    Updated: 2013-01-11 03:35:50
    The flowers are lovely and fragrant! I'm usually okay with just the basics, but I was looking at different primroses and they have a variety of care. I'm guessing this should be indoors only since I'm a zone 4 in Whistler. I read that they like cooler temperatures and indirect light. Not sure how much indirect light though? I'm not sure what the water requirements are and what type of soil it...

  • too soon to spray?

    Updated: 2013-01-10 17:26:08
    I've been keeping my smaller (2-5g) potted maples, and other trees, in the garage for not quite 2 months now. My hope has been that the fairly consistent low temps, as well as minimal light (one small window with a blind), in the garage will help to delay budding of the trees. Well, after taking all the trees outside today for a shower and soaking (had rain overnight and off and on today), I've...

  • ID - Oregon non-indiginous evergreen shrub (?)

    Updated: 2013-01-10 04:55:34
    While out photographing evergreens I recognize at a local college campus ... spotted this big shrub size plant that I don't know the ID for. It was about 6 feet / 2 meters tall. Sort of open, not too dense, round with tidy branches and twigs. Non-indiginous to our particular area I think. Sort of has yew-like foliage, but does not seem at all like the local Taxus in the woods around here. ...

  • Japanese Maple Calendar

    Updated: 2013-01-10 00:20:01
    Just thought I'd pass this along to my fellow maple addicts; came across this calendar on Zazzle, and ended up purchasing it (at half-price w/no shipping, yeah for coupon codes!). Got it today, quality pictures, nicely weighted paper, would recommend for those who still need - or want - a calendar. :) What's even better is you can customize some or all of the pictures in the calendar; I didn't,...

  • Blogs showcasing cultivated trees in B.C.

    Updated: 2013-01-09 21:51:08
    Thanks to Google Street View, it's possible to browse most B.C. towns and identify many of their trees. The following blogs are open: Trees of Prince Rupert (http://treesofprincerupert.blogspot.ca). Trees of Terrace, British Columbia (http://treesofterrace.blogspot.ca). Norway Maple in British Columbia (http://norwaymapleinbc.blogspot.ca). Concentrating on northern outposts for now. New...

  • Weedy tree in Hawaii, white inforescence

    Updated: 2013-01-09 07:27:56
    I'm interested in the taller tree in the centre, which has leaves almost as interesting as the Macaranga tanarius in the lower right. This was looking like it might be a little weedy, on the road to Wahiawa Botanical Garden on Oahu, but not part of the garden.

  • Identification: What araucaria? Long skinny upright branches, candelabra-looking

    Updated: 2013-01-09 05:47:42
    I think this is Araucaria something, but I can't find anything that matches it. Its habit looks like it should be the one called "candelabra pine", which is Araucaria angustifolia, common name Paraná pine, but the leaf photos I'm seeing don't look like these. Is that just because it's young? This was either inside the fence to Wahiawa Botanical Garden on Oahu, or it was some other fence along...

  • Meyer Lemon and Blood Orange Trees

    Updated: 2013-01-08 22:54:33
    I have a well established Meyer Lemon and wish to plant a Blood Orange in the same yard. Will there be a problem with cross pollination?

  • Lemon tree disease

    Updated: 2013-01-08 21:53:00
    We brought our lemon tree inside to a sunny spot to protect it for the winter. We now see silvery patches on the upper surface of the leaves. Photo 1. Also notice someone has been chewing the leaves - second picture, and I don't think it is my husband! Advice please.

  • Dormancy on recently budded seedlings?

    Updated: 2013-01-08 20:28:56
    I have germinated 4 Acer Palmatums sucessfully and they already have 4 real leaves. But since it's winter I'm keeping them inside because of the frost. But must I put them outside? Since I've heard Maples require a dormant period, but since the plants are still so small I don't knnow if they require the cold, dormant period as well. Can anyone help me out?

  • A valuable piece of horticultural history

    Updated: 2013-01-08 17:15:46
    I feel really lucky to have found a historic treasure recently at a local Botanical Garden book sale. Some like to keep such treasures to themselves, but I always find great joy in sharing things with people who share the same passion for Japanese plants. I want to take this opportunity to share this treasure with you. So I ask you to consider the following... In the modern day, we can pick...

  • NMNH Field Book Project: Specimen Collecting in Unexpected Places

    Updated: 2013-01-08 13:00:13
    By Lesley Parilla, Field Book Project When cataloging specimen lists, one might think the content pretty dry. There is usually a collector’s number, specimen type (scientific or common name), age, sex, location information, and perhaps a museum catalog number. You can find much of this in the online database available... More......

  • Is Gomphrena globosa the same with...

    Updated: 2013-01-08 08:12:56
    Can you help me? Is the plant, Gomphrena globosa the same with this:...

  • Orlando wants to fine homeowners for gardening

    Updated: 2013-01-08 01:48:10
    More true tales of government run amok. As a proponent of gardening, gardening in your yard, and yes, even in your front yard I’ve mentioned numerous times on this blog how I think front yard farming is the thing to do. I won’t write long on the topic yet again, but rather merely summarize. Lawns [...]

  • Sambucus pruning for crop production

    Updated: 2013-01-07 21:47:40
    I've read that a person can copice sambucus in winter and still have a fruit production but I can't confirm that info for our location (Abbotsford) My client is dependant on the crop of berries produced. I would appreciate some input from other experiences to keep the crop sustainable and growing. Thanks Tracie

  • What to grow in January 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-05 03:52:47
    January and February can be tricky months for gardening in Australia, and gardeners will have to adjust their planting to suit local climate conditions. If it is too hot to grow things in your area, use the time to do a good job of preparing beds for strawberries, leeks and winter vegetables early in the [...]

  • Helmet Up!

    Updated: 2012-12-18 21:46:37
    The FEI has launched a global campaign for the use of safety helmets when riding.  From 1st January, FEI General Regulations Article 140 stipulates that whilst riding on the show grounds the use of a properly fastened Protective Headgear is … Continue reading →

  • Passionfruit – hand pollination

    Updated: 2012-12-17 08:20:02
    Passionfruit vines rely on bees to pollinate their flowers because they have a large gap between the pollen-bearing male parts of the flower and the female part. Only when the female part of each flower receives passionfruit pollen can the flower form a fruit. If you don’t have a lot of bees around your passionfruit [...]

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