Archive for November 2010

Biomimcry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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by Janine M. Benyus

The modern world offers us many problems: feeding a large population, energy shortages, and health care inadequacies to name a few. While professionals in each of these disciplines work towards finding the solutions to many of these seemingly impossible-to-solve problems, Janine Benyus challenges us all to take a look from a new perspective: nature’s. Benyus argues that many of the problems that we find ourselves with are because we managed to totally disconnect ourselves from the natural order of the rest of the planet, and that the solutions are right in front of our faces in …

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Overwintering Tropicals: Part 3

Brugmansia hit by frost. photo credit: R. Robert

As we continue our series on how to overwinter tropicals, we have discussed plants with bulb, rhizome, tuber, fleshy root including Musa, Canna, Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma, Hedychium, and  Alpinia.

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Purple flower of Tibouchina. photo credit: R. Manduca

The next types of plants are those which you will not cut back, but will still allow to lose their leaves and go dormant. These include such plants as Tibouchina, Brugmansia, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Plumeria, and Melianthus major. If they are growing in a container on your patio and the container is of a reasonable size, you may want to keep …

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Plants of the Week – November 15

Acer japonicum 'Vitifolium' JWCWith a rounded, bushy habit, Acer japonicum ‘Vitifolium’ is showcasing great fall color in Harry Wood Garden.

Camellia oleifera 'Winter's Interlude' JWCNoted for excellent cold hardiness, Camellia oleifera ‘Winter’s Interlude’ appears in the Harry Wood Garden during October and November.

Viburnum acerifolium (3) JWCThe maple leaf viburnum, Viburnum acerifolium, is a native of North America and can found growing in the Crum Woods.

Disanthus cercidifolius flower JWCA broad, spreading shrub with slender branches, Disanthus cercidifolius small, five-petaled flower’s appear in the Terry Shane Teaching Garden in October.…

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