Roundabout Flowers

It’s been a trend in recent years to replace the mown grass of urban traffic verges and roundabouts with wild flowers. The flowers require less maintenance, they’re easy on the eyes, and they are thought to provide habitat support for pollinators such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and hover flies, all of which are under pressure…

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Sober Expectations

I saw recently that Napa Valley wineries had already started their grape harvesting season as of August 1 this year, almost two weeks earlier than the average, due to a short winter combined with a long and mild spring. So I wondered whether our long, wet, cold winter, combined with a long, wet, cold spring…

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The Flower Electric

Communication comes in so many forms, and for the most part, we humans focus on the verbal and physically visible. But how about interspecies electrical communication? A newly published study in an upcoming issue of Science provides some evidence that flowers, in addition to using color and nectar to attract pollinator bees and bumblebees, may…

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