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Spring flowers in autumn, birdsong in winter: what a freak year for nature - The GuardianTuesday, January 16, 2018
The GuardianSpring flowers in autumn, birdsong in winter: what a freak year for natureThe GuardianAlpine blue-sow thistle: One of our tallest and most showy alpine plants, this rare flower is threatened by climate change in the Cairngorms, where it grows on sheltered mountain ledges. Photograph: Alamy. Winter 2016-17 was not all that unusual ...
Seeing nature makes life real - Loveland Reporter-HeraldTuesday, September 12, 2017
Bonaparte's, Franklin's, California and ring-billed gulls, each and every one-by-one.I walked the few hundred yards to see the forest area I call "The Lichen Garden." Engelmann spruces and subalpine firs make it a forest; elaborate festoons of usnea lichens — what many people call "old man's beard" — make it more than a forest. Droplets of dew and rain caught among the usneas' threads glisten in the sunlight like diamonds more prolific than stars in the night sky. But clouds curtained the sun and left the garden without sparkles.I visited the aspen grove to see the flammulated owls that I have been learning about for the last 42 years. None gave a territorial call; none uttered a food-begging call; none chirp-squeaked a mate-recognition call. I detected no eyeshine as I methodically worked my light through the crowns of the aspens. But one owl flew by to let me know they have not migrated.I watched the expanse of rubber rabbitbrush to see the insects that work the flowers. These robust shrubs of the sunflower family provide tiny sips of nectar in exchange for pollen delivery services. Butterflies and moths, bugs and beetles, bees and wasps, ants and more ants all frequent the rabbitbrush flowers; the total diversity of species is astounding. But I was a week early and found mostly flowers still in bud and so very few insects.These things I do because they make life real, because they enrich my own life. No matter how much I see, nature always presents more to be seen. And much of our wildlife presents such fascinating differences, day to day, season to season, year to year, that seeing them again and again is not a tedium but a pleasure.I must go. I have things to see. Kevin J. Cook is a freelance writer and naturalist based in Loveland. His Wildlife Window column appears in the Reporter-Herald every Thursday. http://www.reporterherald.com/columnists/wildlife-window/ci_31279588/seeing-nature-makes-life-real
It's time to stop and smell the wildflowers - Kenai Peninsula OnlineTuesday, June 27, 2017
Eskelin said.But the wildflower wait will end soon, leading to a wide array of flowers that create a palette of color.Alaska’s state flower, the sky-blue forget-me-not, can be found in alpine meadows, or as written in the margin of the 1917 bill that approved the flower as the Alaska Territory’s official floral emblem — “a little flower blossoms forth on every hill and dale, the emblem of the Pioneers upon the rugged trail.”According to Eskelin, low woodland areas are ideal for spotting the oval leaves of the low-bush cranberries or the four white petals of the dwarf dogwood.“Then, in the wetlands, the bog rosemary, the Labrador tea and the cloudberry should be blooming shortly,” Eskelin said.Joining them will be the aromatic smell of the prickly rose, with pink flowers.“The red elderberry is also really beautiful and pretty plentiful on the peninsula,” Eskelin said. “And raspberries, if you’re lucky enough to be close to a bush, are great. It isn’t a very showy flower, but we all love the fruit.”There is more to wildflowers than beauty and berries, though.“A lot of people pick the dandelions and the roses to make jellies, jams and teas,” Eskelin said. “If it’s on private property or a disturbed roadside, you can pick and enjoy them with some level of respect for the next person.”The light pink of the fireweed flower can be seen throughout the state. It is edible, making a great selection for jams, jellies, ice cream or, for a healthier option, salads.It’s important, though, to enjoy the wildflowers in their natural habitat instead of in a vase, Eskelin said.“Just enjoy seeing them and the way that they show up on the hillsides, making everything just gorgeous,” Eskelin said. “The wild roses are especially beautiful and that is a wonderful thing and if you pick them all, there are not enough for the next person.”And if the flowers are picked before they have the ... http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/local/2017-06-15/it-s-time-stop-and-smell-wildflowers
Autumn's late blooming flowers - Stuff.co.nzTuesday, March 28, 2017
READ MORE:* South African plants for Kiwi gardens* Best plants for autumn colour in small New Zealand gardens* A gardener's road trip to the Southern LakesSaxifrages are generally alpines – dwarf plants from challenging conditions in the mountains. There are mossy saxifrages, little cushions and silvery buns; and encrusted saxifrages, with rosettes edged with lime icing, all of which flower in spring. Fortune's saxifrage, Saxifraga fortunei, is larger – a woodland plant that flowers in autumn and is worth growing for its leaves alone. It's deciduous, but during the growing season, the fleshy, glossy leaves are a foliage feature. One of the two forms I have is 'Rubrifolia', the foliage of which is reddish green on top but beetroot on the reverse. Its stems are beetroot too, the contrast enhancing the frisson of the flowers, which in April are like a shower of silver stars. They're interesting in their detail because the lower two of the five petals are considerably elongated. Grow in full or part shade in good moist soil. Fortune's saxifrage will light up a dingy, dark spot but requires some care in its placement. It'll rot if the soil is too wet or badly drained; early frost will knock down the flowers. It can easily be divided in early spring. I've spread it among the contrasting foliage of ferns, where it makes a lovely green carpet. It was discovered in China and brought into cultivation in the mid-19th century by Robert Fortune; bless him for this and many other plant introductions. Crocuses generally flower in spring, but a few bloom in autumn, including Crocus speciosus. A friend gave me this plant years ago, and it has been quietly multiplying since. Flowering from the summer-dormant corms is sudden and unexpected; even though Ad Feedback I know they're there, I forget until the delicate violet-blue flowers appear on fragile stems 15cm tall. Closer study reveals branched, orange anthers. They come from the mountains of Turkey and Iran. - NZ Gardener... http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/90300487/autumns-late-blooming-flowers
The 5 Best Places to See Wildflowers in the US - Care2.comTuesday, March 28, 2017
ColoradoWhat’s the main draw? Nestled inside Gunnison National Forest you will find the incredible Crested Butte. Every summer, this gorgeous area explodes with color.Who’s the star of the show? Alpine sunflowers are the go-to, but you’ll also find elephant head and death camas, which is a form of lily.When should I go? Between June and August.How should I prepare? If photography is your thing, see if you can get involved with a guided hike that will take you to the best spots for photos.Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaWhat’s the main draw? Shenandoah proudly boasts more than 850 species of wildflowers, and colorful birds to boot! Orange, purple and white blend together in a sea of utter gorgeousness.Who’s the star of the show? Columbines, touch-me-nots and ox-eye daisies.When should I go? Start checking the bloom calendars in late spring and early summer.How should I prepare? Bring a bird-watching guide this time around. You’ll love the extra experience!Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TennesseeWhat’s the main draw? All wildflower lovers will agree that Great Smoky is a hub for gorgeous flower varieties. You’ll find more than 1,500 different types here, popping up all around the forest floor at the close of the cold season.Who’s the star of the show? Ephemeral trillium, lady slipper orchids and violets.When should I go? Most flowers will start peaking in late winter and early spring. Some current sources suggest April is a great time to go!How should I prepare? Partake in educational seminars guided by local park rangers and keep an eye out for wildlife. This is a gorgeous place to behold.Hill Country, TexasWhat’s the main draw? “Southern Belle” is an expression for a reason; there are few things more beautiful than the luxurious cobalt of the Texas bluebonnet – a favorite of First Lady, ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson. You’ll find these blooming in the fields all along the highways of Texas Hill Country. Don’t miss it!Who’s the star of the show? The Texas bluebonnet.When should I go? Most sources suggest early April.How should I prepare? Bring a car or rent a car; these flowers go on for miles!Have you ever gone looking for wildflowers in the United States? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments!... http://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-5-best-places-to-see-wildflowers-in-the-u-s.html
UPDATE: Sister says missing florist has been found - Redding Record SearchlightWednesday, April 11, 2018
Facebook message to the Record Searchlight that Bax had been found Monday. Burrows Monaco said Bax was being airlifted to a hospital in stable condition. Lt. Gene Randall said a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted Bax's RV around 4:30 p.m. Monday, and searchers then found her nearby. He said her RV had gotten stuck and she was being treated for a complaint of pain. Burrows Monaco said on Facebook that Bax had been in a Mercedes RV with a golden retriever and en route to Washington for Easter. Penelope Bax was reported missing near Redding in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office)Randall said the family reported Bax, of Vista, missing about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Randall said Bax was headed to Bellingham, Washington, and left her home March 26. He described her vehicle as a white and gray Winnebago with a silver Mercedez-Benz logo on the grill. Deputies learned that Bax had stayed overnight at the Hirz Campground, Randall said, though he didn't specify how they developed that lead. Crews searched the campground and the surrounding area but still hadn't found Bax's RV as of Monday afternoon, Randall said. This is the 2017 Mercedes RV Penelope Bax was driving when she went missing in the Redding Area in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office)Burrows Monaco was asking Shasta County residents to be on the lookout near Fenders Ferry, Gilman and North Salt Creek roads. NBC San Diego reported that Bax is blonde and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. The report said ...
Harry and Meghan's royal wedding florist opts for white roses and peonies - CNNWednesday, April 11, 2018
London, Hampton Court Palace, and designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.More wedding details revealed Last week, the royal couple revealed that pastry chef Claire Ptak, who was raised in California and now owns London-based bakery Violet Cakes, would be creating their wedding cake. According to the palace, the couple asked Ptak to make a "lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring" rather than the more traditional fruitcake. It will also feature buttercream and fresh flowers as decoration.More than 2,600 people, many of them ordinary members of the public, will be invited into the castle grounds to watch the arrival of the bride and groom and their guests.Last month, the royal family revealed the route of the procession following the ceremony, when the newlyweds first emerge as husband and wife.They will leave Windsor Castle in a carriage and travel along High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the palace. Windsor is about 40 km (25 miles) west of central London.'This crazy journey together'Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November, when Harry told reporters he knew Markle, an American actress, was "the one" from "the very first time we met."In an interview with the BBC, Markle said the couple first met in July 2016 on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. After a second date, the couple took a camping trip to Botswana, where they could finally be alone."We were able to really have so much time just to connect," Markle said, "and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long-distance relationship. We made it work."Harry proposed on a "cozy night" in early November at Nottingham Cottage, Markle told the BBC, with an engagement ring he designed himself. It features a diamond from Botswana, flanked by two smaller diamonds from the jewelry colle...
Spring flower show, grow a garden, fruit trees, Minneapolis Home + Garden Show and more - Minneapolis Star TribuneTuesday, March 27, 2018
Regency, with lots of reflective finishes. Other collections evoke a more relaxed, casual aesthetic. “We have everything from chandeliers down to area rugs,” said Nic Sims, a manager for the California-based retailer.Ready to embrace Pantone’s Color of the Year? There’s plenty of Ultra Violet-hued accessories to choose from. In fact, color-coded walls of Mongolian wool pillows, candleholders, vases, table runners and other pieces make it easy to zero in on a palette.“A lot of today’s floor plans are open,” said Sims. “You can pull pieces and colors from each vignette to tie it all together.”A dining bay displays glam sparkly dinnerware and stemware for “entertaining the queen,” said Sims. The store’s 6-foot-tall faux palm trees, fiddle leaf fig and aspen trees can easily fill a corner — but require no care.Z Gallerie offers a more moderate price point than the recently opened Design Within Reach. Side chairs are $299 and up, mirrored table lamps from $199, vanity mirrors from $250, and sofas start at $1,500. Framed art ranges from $50 to $900. You can register for a $1,000 gift card at the store through April 1. Z Gallerie is in the new east wing by Cov Restaurant and Starbucks.The Galleria, 69th St. and France Av. S., Edina, 651-846-0480, zgallerie.comFloral spring flingMiss the Macy’s spring flower show? Bachman’s has partnered with the Galleria to stage “Spring Is in the Air,” a floor-to-ceiling floral experience that runs the length of the shopping center from March 25 through April 8.Bach... http://www.startribune.com/spring-flower-show-grow-a-garden-fruit-trees-minneapolis-home-garden-show-and-more/477756913/
Success Story: Enchanted Florist - taosnewsTuesday, March 27, 2018
And we get to be more one-on-one with customers,” said Reyes.Valentine’s Day specialsEnchanted Florist buys its flowers from specialty providers all around the world, such as California, Holland and Colombia.“Our roses are the Rolls-Royce of roses. The quality is superior to the ones purchased at the grocery store. Also, roses have changed over the years; they now last longer, are larger, open more beautifully and some varieties can last up to 10 days,” said Perry.As a full-bucket shop, customers can walk in and pick their own single flowers. Any day of the week, wrapped bouquets and pre-made arrangements are ready to go, but especially during the Valentine’s Day season for delivery or carry out.“With a lifetime of experience with big life events, the sentiment is there and the emotions are there. We take the time to work with our customers and make their events special,” said Perry.The “one-on-one” touch with customers is a key part of Enchanted Florist’s success and that includes speedy service on last-minute occasions. Whether it is a forgotten boutonniere for prom or bouquet for a grieving family, you can be assured Enchanted Florist will be there to meet your needs. Personal wedding serviceEnchanted Florist also specializes in wedding floral design, working with local brides and “destination brides” who come to the Taos area to get married.“Brides have a hard time knowing what to expect. To alleviate the already stressful process of planning a wedding, we offer them a free consultation where we break down the details step by step,” said Graves.Potential brides are encouraged to visit www.taosflorist.com to see Enchanted Florist’s past and present wedding work and designs. Customers have also ranked the shop. One ecstatic bride named Emily said: “Cory and the entire Enchanted team created BEAUTIFUL flowers for my wedding. They went out of their way to accommodate every request I had (and believe me, I had a lot), and they were so patient and helpful through the entire planning process. I cannot recommend them enough.”Some of their weddings take the florists to the most beautiful and scenic areas in Taos. “In the past year we have done several weddings in Red River. One in particular I just finished setting up this beautiful, all-white spring wedding, when a herd of deer showed up expecting lunch. I had to patrol the area to make sure that it didn’t turn in to an ‘all-you-can-eat buffet. It was an interesting and terrifying experience,” said Reyes. http://www.taosnews.com/stories/success-story-enchanted-florist,46120