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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)
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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 metres it rarely does and so is suitable for all but the tiniest garden.
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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.
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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 New Age spirituality. It turns out, though, that they are indeed touchy (literally so) and do have feelings. After a fashion.
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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 Herbaceous Perennial.
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*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.
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Stay Awake; for you do not know when I am Coming for you'.

We Did Not Know He was Coming For Her.

Pauline: Missing you everyday, loving you forever, my sweet sister.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane , I would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again.

The greatest gift our parents gave us..was each other.

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