Dog Days, Garden Etiquette, Rose Scent
By Wes Porter Sunday, August 2, 2015
The sultry summer dog days are well and truly here. CBC’s meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe was right when she predicted back in early May that from coast to coast, this summer would be ‘hot hot hot!’ Rather than water the garden with the sweat of your brow, it is time to take advantage of your previous labours, lay back and watch the sprinklers swish back and forth.
Fifty Shades of Grey . . . Garden
By Wes Porter Saturday, August 1, 2015
Like a certain popular pornographic novel, monochrome gardens have had their detractors. Nevertheless, as recently as summer of 2011, Julia Hess, a senior horticulturist at the celebrated Missouri Botanical Gardens in St Louis created a sensational black-and-white display in the five acres of grounds surrounding the residence of the garden’s director. Whether she was inspired by the black-and-white themed artists’ ball so ably directed by Vincent Minnelli in An American in Paris, reprised with equal success a few years later in the screen version of My Fair Lady, Hess isn’t saying. What she has admitted is that, if ever she repeated such a planting, she would add more silver plants to the palette or, more prosaically, shades of grey.
Work by British artist features in new book
By Tim Saunders Thursday, July 30, 2015
The work of a British artist features in a new book.
Sculptor has major installation in Edinburgh this AUGUST
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Sculptures and ceramics by Liz Watts are being exhibited at EDS Gallery in Edinburgh between August 9 and August 30.
E-cigarettes may be as addictive as traditional ones
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their “e” counterparts. But because e-cig liquid also contains nicotine and emits carcinogens, is that perception really true? One team now reports in the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology that much of the nicotine in e-cigarettes is the addictive form of the compound.
This Summer, Make Room for Chillable, Gulpable Reds
By David White Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Greetings from Ocean City, New Jersey. This past Saturday, I checked into a rental house for the week with some friends. Since Ocean City is a dry town, we came with plenty of beer and wine, along with ingredients for a few basic cocktails.
Art news: Art exhibitions at Waterstones
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 15, 2015
High quality fine art shows start in a UK bookshop this week. Waterstones in Winchester High Street has reached an exclusive agreement with Creative Coverage to host monthly art exhibitions starting from July 17.
Attention beachgoers: Fecal contamination affects sand more than water
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 15, 2015
“No swimming” signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology investigates reasons why the answer could be “yes.”
Affordable Burgundy Isn’t an Oxymoron
By David White Tuesday, July 7, 2015
If any grape demands contemplation, it’s Pinot Noir.
Image of Shakespeare Discovered in Botanical Tome
By Wes Porter Saturday, July 4, 2015
Botanist Mark Griffiths found it hard to believe that he had discovered what had been missed for four centuries: the only known contemporary portrait of William Shakespeare.
Poisonous Rare Plant Used by Russian, Chinese Assassins
By Wes Porter Friday, July 3, 2015
The official state flower of South Carolina since 1924 has been Carolina jasmine Gelsemium sempervirens. Native to southeast United States from Virginia to Texas and onwards south through Mexico into Guatemala, it is one of the classic flowers of the American South, its scented yellow blooms heralding the arrival of spring. Given full a rich, moist, organic soil in full sun the twining vine will cover arbors, verandahs, porches or, unsupported a formal groundcover. The small print at the bottom of the page tells us that the foliage and blossoms are also poisonous.
Geobotanical Prospecting: Plants Reveal Riches
By Wes Porter Thursday, July 2, 2015
Bitumen near the Caspian Sea and in California; cobalt, iron and nickel in Russia; copper and nickel in central and southern Africa; copper and silver in Montana; gold in Australia; tin and tungsten in England – all have been revealed by indicator plants.
Perennial Care, Scottish Rose, Squash Patch Sex
By Wes Porter Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Queried the CBC: FIFA Women’s World Cup: will artificial turf be a factor in BC Place games? What ever Beckham’s opinion – he thinks the real thing is best – the last Saturday afternoon in June answered that question as Canada faced off against England on their home (artificial) turf. Grass is so much cooler than the fake stuff and it was as hot as it gets that day in Paradise on the Pacific, aka Vancouver. Alas Canada lost to England 2-1, proving that while the real thing may be cooler, artificial turf didn’t affect the football, aka soccer.
Scottish artist looks forward to various exhibitions
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Scottish artist Charles Jamieson is preparing for an exhibition at the Brownston Gallery in Modbury, South Devon in September.
A great summer for Farnham artist
By Tim Saunders Wednesday, July 1, 2015