In Today's Garden
On the left - In a backyard bed - daisies and black eyed Susans.
Heliotrope returned from last year's planting and covers a sunny flower bed.
This is one of my favorite daylilies blooming now.
New Organic Method
On the day of harvesting, Granny Smith apples were sealed with a flush of low-grade nitrogen in an experiment to discover reliable and low-cost methods of keeping them fresh. The study was reported in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
The treatment worked by reducing ethylene during storage. Ethylene is produced when apples react to oxygen in the environment and advances ripening. After six months in cold storage, 90 percent of the fruit treated this way showed no sign of scald. All the untreated control apples were lost after the same amount of time. The advance is being welcomed by organic apple farmers and could result in lower costs for organic produce.
Check out this British blog and website for Colour Lovers
The blog describes itself best - "check out a world of color, compare color palettes, submit news and comments, and read color related articles and interviews."
Take a look at the butterfly photos - talk about color photography at its finest!
Everyone Talks About It
Real Climate is a website for anyone who is interested in climate and climate change. Climate scientists blog about their favorite topic from every angle.
The May 22, 2007 blog entry serves as a good example of the content -
We've often been asked to provide a one stop link for resources that people can use to get up to speed on the issue of climate change, and so here is a first cut. Unlike our other postings, we'll amend this as we discover or are pointed to new resources. Different people have different needs and so we will group resources according to the level people start at.
For complete beginners:
NCAR: Weather and climate basicsOxford University: The basics of climate predictionPew Center: Global Warming basicsWikipedia: Global WarmingNASA: Global Warming update