Horticulturalist Pamela Koide-Hyatt loves bromeliads so much it pains her to see them abused, particularly when they’re treated as if they are disposable decorations.That often happens to the beautiful, silvery-leafed Tillandsia xerographica, an endangered bromeliad native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, she told visitors to the San Diego County Fair during two talks this week. Because this bromeliad can go months without water and its twisted-up, silvery foliage looks so striking when placed in a darkened room, it’s often used as a disposable wall art item.“It just breaks my heart to go into a restaurant and see one nailed to the wall,” she said.Koide-Hyatt, who owns and operates Bird Rock Tropicals in La Jolla, is on a mission to educate more people about the proper care of bromeliads. She’s not the only one. The San Diego Bromeliad Society puts together a demonstration garden each year at the county fair, showing that bromeliads can be planted in the … [Read more...] about Bromeliads featured in fair garden, talks
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By Kathy Huber Published 9:45 am CST, Friday, March 8, 2019 Gardening events in the Houston area include spring vegetable classes. Gardening events in the Houston area include spring vegetable classes. Photo: Paul Buckowski, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / Albany Times Union Photo: Paul Buckowski, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / Albany Times Union Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of 5 Gardening events in the Houston area include spring vegetable classes. Gardening events in the Houston area include spring vegetable classes. Photo: Paul Buckowski, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER / Albany Times Union March gardening events in the Houston area 1 / 5 Back to Gallery Gardening classes Honing in on Your Spring Garden: … [Read more...] about March gardening events in the Houston area
By Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande on Feb 25, 2019 in Europe, Food and Drink, Italy, Regions, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe Puglia needs little introduction these days. The ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’ peninsula has emerged as a chic and popular destination for Mediterranean holidays. This once isolated Salentine Peninsula, in the deep south of Europe, is a rural landscape of centuries-old olive groves punctuated with fortress towns, and medieval cities. It is a fashionably desirable destination. Understandably so, with a wonderful climate; glorious sun-drenched Adriatic and Ionian beaches (always a favourite with the Italians); and fabulous places to stay, from elegant ‘Masserie’ manors; unique and historic ‘trulli’ conical round houses; or smart holiday villas. Yet what keeps me coming back is the fresh local produce and the increasingly sophisticated local wines. Whether you eat at a simple beach-side bar or in a rural restaurant … [Read more...] about 5 of the best wineries in Salento, Puglia
PUBLISHED: 14:15 19 February 2019 = Clematis Dr Ruppel Picture: East Runton Old Vicarage Archant Expert advice from Alan Gray of East Runton Old Vicarage. Clematis Florida Sieboldiana Picture: East Runton Old VicarageClematis are so popular that you may think that there is nothing left to say about them. I disagree for I think it important to warn prospective clematis owners of one or two salient points for their cultivation. They prefer to have their heads in the sun, or partial sun and their feet in the shade as they like a cool root-run. As most clematis are likely to be planted at the base of a wall of fence, probably facing somewhere between south-east and north-west, keeping their roots cool has to be a contrivance on the gardener’s part.This is partly achievable by deep planting. Take out a hole deep enough to allow an extra 15 cms of soil above the crown of the plant. Not only will this help to keep the roots cool, it can sometimes be a saviour if the dreaded, … [Read more...] about Where’s the best place to plant clematis?
Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (February 11, 2019): Top 10 best things to see and do in Rwanda. I recently enjoyed a week long holiday in Rwanda, one of the most astonishingly beautiful countries I’ve ever visited. Nicknamed ‘the land of thousands hills’, Rwanda lies within the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, bordered by Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, Burundi to the south, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. Despite being one of Africa’s smallest nations, Rwanda has an incredible treasure trove of biodiversity. Mountains dominate the center and west of the country, while the east consists of savanna, plains and swamps. Although Rwanda is all too often associated with the horrible 1994 Genocide that resulted in the mass murder of one million people (20% of the country’s total population), the country has risen from the ash and managed to rebuild itself as one of … [Read more...] about Top 10 best things to see and do in Rwanda