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High school notebook: Vaughn Flowers stepping in larger role for Rolling Hills Prep boys basketball team - The Daily BreezeTuesday, February 27, 2018
The semifinals for both the L.A. City Section and Southern Section Open Divisions are on Saturday.The L.A. City Section semifinals start at 1 p.m. at Roybal Learning Center (1200 Colton St., Los Angeles) with the two girls games, El Camino Real-Granada Hills Charter and Fairfax-Westchester, at 3 p.m.The boys games start at 5 p.m. with Taft taking on Fairfax, followed by Westchester-Granada Hills Charter.The Southern Section semifinals will take place at California Baptist University. The first girls game is at 2 p.m. (Mater Dei-Windward, followed by Etiwanda-Harvard-Westlake). Bishop Montgomery opens the boys schedule at 6:30 p.m. against Sierra Canyon, followed by Etiwanda-Mater Dei.San Pedro’s Barrios heading to stateSan Pedro sophomore Sydney Barrios finished second at 143 pounds at the L.A. City Section wrestling finals on Saturday to qualify for CIF State Girls Wrestling Championships Friday and Saturday in Visalia.Barrios will join Mira Costa’s trio of Sasha Medvidovic (150), Allysa Nocum (121) and Viviana Ramirez (189) as South Bay wrestlers competing. Wrestling begins Friday at 9 a.m.Mira Costa water polo moving onThe Mira Costa girls water polo team advanced to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs with Saturday’s 8-4 win over Rosary.The fourth-seeded Mustangs (20-10) will take on top-seeded Harvard-Westlake (23-4) in the semifinals on Wednesday at the William Woollett Aquatics Center (4601 Walnut Ave., Irvine). http://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/02/20/high-school-notebook-vaughn-flowers-stepping-in-larger-role-for-rolling-hills-prep-boys-basketball-team/
Rare beach flower returns if nibbling mice lose cover - Futurity: Research NewsTuesday, February 27, 2018
European beachgrass, initially planted in the early- to mid-1900s to stabilize dunes, spreads rapidly and can re-sprout even from centimeter-long fragments. Coastal communities from Vancouver to Los Angeles have tried to fight the invader for decades by spraying it with herbicide, digging it out by hand, or burying it with heavy construction machinery.The opportunity to frame a dramatic before-and-after comparison came in 2010, when Point Reyes park managers went all-in on a restoration effort of the coastal dune community along the Great Beach. With excavators and bulldozers, they used a “flip and bury” technique: They unearthed 32 hectares of the invasive beachgrass from more than 77 hectares of sand dunes, buried it, and capped it with clean sand.Purple flowers returnWhere once almost 80 percent of the lupine seed pods were consumed before they even ripened, researchers now estimate that mice are getting less than 3 percent of the pods.“What’s really new here is, we’re demonstrating that a large-scale restoration can produce a significant and sustained reduction in seed predation pressure,” Pardini says.The strong link between removal of invasive plants and improvement in reproductive success ultimately means new life for a species that Pardini and her colleagues once worried might become extinct within the park.At Point Reyes, the low, purple lupine flowers are coming back in abundance—the number of plants in the remnant dune area has hovered around 160,000 to 187,000 plants, but several hundred thousand new plants have been recruited to the restored areas.Life on the dunes needs wind-blown sand“A lot of the early successional native plants respond very well to large-scale restoration,” Pardini says.“They are highly adapted to open areas with lots of bare sand, to wind disturbance and salt spray,” she says. “Their seeds are in the seed bank or blow in, and they just start popping up.”External funding for this research came from the National Science Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.Source: Washington University in St. Louis... http://www.futurity.org/tidestroms-lupine-mice-1678882-2/
How a Mining Boom Led a Mormon Florist to Invent the Pisco Sour - Atlas ObscuraWednesday, March 14, 2018
Once a florist in Utah, Victor V. Morris lived half his life in Peru and opened a famous bar. Femke de JongOn the first Saturday of February, Peruvians raise a glass to their country’s most well-known cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Since 2003, this simple twist on the classic Whiskey Sour has had its own national holiday. But while the drink evokes a sense of pride in Peru, the Pisco Sour is largely considered the invention of an unlikely figure: a Mormon man from Salt Lake City named Victor V. Morris.The curious path that led Morris from Utah to the Peruvian Andes began not in spirits but in flowers. Born into a large and well-respected Welsh Mormon family, Morris co-ran a floral shop with two of his brothers. But tragedy struck in 1900, when Morris’s older brother, Burton, got into a fight while on a date and was killed by two bullets through his heart. Worse, the assailant was acquitted in a high-profile case after pleading self-defense. An outraged Morris told a reporter that the legislature “...
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape - The Boston GlobeWednesday, March 14, 2018
Inside a Harvard Square florist, where romance takes shape Globe Correspondent Brattle Square Florist owner Randy Ricker extols flowers, not gushy love notes. By Natasha Mascarenhas 20180213231513-- By Natasha Mascarenhas Globe Correspondent February 13, 2018CAMBRIDGE — Surrounded by thousands of roses and dozens of other bouquets, Randy Ricker doesn’t want to hear your love story.The owner of Brattle Square Florist spent Tuesday preparing for Valentine’s Day, a florist’s version of New Year’s Eve, the Super Bowl, and a royal wedding tied together with a frilly ribbon. But Ricker declared his disdain for lengthy love notes and insisted that “flowers should do the heavy lifting” when declaring one’s devotion.Step inside the Harvard Square shop, though, and you’ll find the work of romance in the making. Advertisement The sweet aromas of hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies, and orchids waft up from the basement, where the flowers are cut and arranged. Step over the scrapped leaves...
11 places where you can get a dozen roses for under $20 - The TennesseanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Day roses range from $12.99 to more than $100 this year. (Photo: Submitted)If you want to spend more on Valentine's flowersImport Flowers: $30Fresh Market: $49.99Garden Delights: $90Emma's Florist: $99.95Rebel Hill Florist: $99.95...
Saving spring: How the Ohio River almost stole thousands of tulips - Cincinnati.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Park went to battle stations.They were ready. When the park flooded three years ago, the workers had made a point of watching how far up the water came and what was going to be planted there.The park florists – actually they're horticulturalists – saw that the tulip bulbs in the Memory Garden bed needed attention.Workers all over the park were moving the foot piano, chess pieces, picnic tables and all the stuff that required electricity. They also moved salt and mulch and potting soil. (They moved everything into the parking garage only to learn that the garage would also be submerged. So they moved all that stuff again.)But the bulbs, planted in an intricate pattern of undulating color, couldn't be just yanked out of the ground and put in a bag and replanted when the water dropped.The bed was replanted this year with bulbs to create a special ombre effect, shading from dark purple to light pink. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)It was supposed to be this fabulous show of color. "We were excited to see how it turned out," said florist Corrie Carswell.So, moving the bulbs required some, well, innovation."As a Hail Mary to try to protect 3,500 tulips, we tarped and sandbagged the overlook bed," she said.A team that included florists Corrie Carswell ,Garrett Dienno and Jay Swanson and district crew leader Casey McCann came up with and executed a simple plan to save tulips from the Ohio River: Cover the bulbs, load on sandbags and hope for the best. (Photo: Provided by Corrie Carswell)The water rose, creating a blue tarp island in the midst of the muddy water, lapping at the edges of the bed. The water soon covered it. The water continued to rise.The river crested at 60.9 feet, putting the beds under about 6 feet of water, Carswell said. p class=...
Alicia Vikander wanted to become a florist - Cleveland AmericanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander dreamed of being a florist as a child.The Academy Award-winning actress - who stars as Lara Croft in the new 'Tomb Raider' movie - has admitted to harbouring a number of professional ambitions during her youth, saying that at one stage she wanted to sell flowers for a living.Asked what she wanted to do as a child, Alicia shared: "My God, I wanted to be everything, from a florist to a dancer and an actress. I wanted to be a singer or a dancer, and it was not until ... it was actually a clip that was found of me on Swedish television not long ago that I don't have any memory of. But apparently in this interview at seven years old, I said that I wanted to be an actress. I actually had no clue I wanted to do that."The Swedish actress was a huge fan of adventure movies, such as 'The Mummy' and the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, during her younger years.And Alicia, 29 - who is married to fellow Hollywood star Michael Fassbender - has admitted that Bruce Willis was her "first crush".Quizzed about her obsession with... http://www.theclevelandamerican.com/lifestyles/entertainment/alicia-vikander-wanted-to-become-a-florist/article_2303a68f-6cbb-5cb1-bec9-25d51a379264.html