In case you missed it, check out Ketzel Levine’s Morning Edition story on xeriscaping . On her blog she thanks listeners for "helping me get a story on the air about xeriscaping." What made it difficult to convince NPR? Did the topic seem to obscure or not obscure enough? I can hardly think of more newsworthy plant story than the ripping out of lawns. I only wish she’d been able to cover the ridiculous battles between gardeners and homeowners associations, code enforcers, etc. That’s the real news story.
The San Francisco Chronicle explores the question of peat vs. coir. Would you, could you, with a coir brick?
A hospital in the UK bans flowers, claiming that "There is evidence to show that flowers in vases that are not effectively maintained can pose an infection risk" and "This decision has been made as part of an ongoing effort to keep our wards clean and tidy." Yes, with staph infections and resistant strains of pneumonia and TB floating around, untidy flower bouquets are the biggest problem. Hospitals are thinking about banning Crocs too, claiming that they create static electricity. Next up: bans on tin foil, which may interfere with the hospital’s navigational equipment, and stethoscopes, which have been known to transmit signals from outer space. As long as they’re keeping up with the latest science, that’s all we care about.
Need to grow a lot of plants indoors, but don’t have much space? Check out the GI Grow. Tucks away easily in a closet or behind a false wall. There’s even one for sale on eBay for three grand.
And speaking of eBay, the most expensive plant for sale on the giant auction site right now is a 15 foot Japanese maple listed for $15,000. Unfortunately, there’s no pictures. Oh, and you gotta dig it up yourself. Another pricey plant of note: the Laelia anceps ‘Queen of the Valley’ orchid is up to $255 with four days remaining.
Would you, could you, for $255? What’s the most you’ve paid for a plant? What’s the most you would pay?
And now we include with another brilliant horticulture video from YouTube a newsreel about Botanicalls. Wouldn’t you like to get a polite phone call from your plants when they need water?
"Hi, this is your ivy calling. Would it be too much trouble…"