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Photograph A Million Dead Plants – How?

This is how you photograph a million dead plants without losing your mind.

At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, three young museum scientists have taken on the mind-numbing but important task of the digitizing millions of dried plant specimens. This is what it’s like. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)


Prunus x subhirtella Autumnalis

Looking good now and for all four seasons. Really?

If you want a wisp of spring to hang onto at this time of year then invest in a winter flowering cherry tree (Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’). A slip of a thing, this tree is slender and slightly twiggy. Although it can grow up to 7 […]

Joseph Banks

Pelargoniums; from south Africa and was Introduced by one of Banks collectors.

Monkey Puzzle Tree was Introduced in 1795 was known as the Joseph Banks Pine.

Bottlebrush Plant; was Introduced by Joseph Banks, he brought a specimen to Europe from Australia.


Plants Do ‘Have Feelings’

We have always known that plants hear and respond: Prince Charles talks to plants and I certainly talk to my plants.

Of course they do, like us they need food and water >> but also commumication.

Until now the idea that plants can be touchy-feely has been the stuff of fantasy novels, science fiction and […]

Winning New Varieties

Winning new varieties at the UK HTA National Plant Show.

The New Plant Awards of the 7th HTA National Plant Show, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), attracted last month over 100 entries. Salvia Blue Marvel from Darby Nursery Stock took the title of Best in Show, as well as the title of Best […]

Sakata Develops World’s First Pollen-Free Lisianthus

*Not sure this is a good thing after all Bees need pollen and we need bees to collect pollen for our survival.

“Sakata Seed Corporation has taken Lisianthus breeding to a new stage, with the development of the world’s first Lisianthus type that does not produce pollen”, states the Japanese breeder in a press release.