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Sometimes there is a lull in the fierce cold of winter, and at those times it seems as if nature needs very little prodding to burst into bloom. However, most of the time, one cold week stacks up upon another as we gardeners dream of springtime. We make the best of it in various ways as we wait for spring.
Have you wondered why you only get a few house sparrows and starlings at your bird feeders? If you want to invite a greater diversity of bird species to your feeders, a few simple adjustments may be in order.
I live in SC and am a new gardener (my wife was the gardener). This book has helped me greatly to know what to buy and how... Read more »
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Hello. Please help me identify a tree. It has only white leaves, there are no green leaves or flowers of any sort. It is happily growing in Western Australia's heat. The leaves are pure white and rather stiff. View Responses (9 replies)
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Even if you're still in the depths of winter, step outside and peer down at the ground. Green sprouts are ready and waiting to shoot up in a few weeks.
1831: Heinrich Anton de Bary, German doctor and botanist was born in Frankfurt. He would become known as a founding father of plant pathology and well-known for his work in the field of mycology.
1844: John Wedgwood, partner in the Wedgwood pottery firm, died at age 77. He was a co-founder, along with Sir Joseph Banks, of the Royal Horticultural Society in 1804.
1864: Alister Clark, Australian rosarian, was born at Brighton, Victoria. He would create several roses, including 'Black Boy' and 'Mrs Nancy Hayward'. He also contributed to the development of new daffodil species, including the first pink daffodil, although there is some dispute as to whether he or the Backhouses were the first to introduce a true pink daffodil.
1885: Henry Shaw, English-born American businessman, philanthropist and botanist, provided for the training of gardeners in his will. Shaw's gardens later became the Missouri Botanical Garden at St. Louis, Missouri.
1888: The Mississippi Agricultural Experiment Station was established and Samual M. Tracy was the first director.
1902: Several plant specimens from Poona, India were received by the USDA, via Messrs. Lathrop and Fairchild, including a double poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima).
1943: Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov, Russian botanist and geneticist, died at age 55 as a political prisoner. During his life he identified the centers of origin of cultivated plants, worked in improving cereal crops and created the largest plant seed collection in the world.