How to grow ‘chocolate cherry’ sunflowers from seeds

Inspired Stories 05/20/21, 03:39

Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers aren't like the typical sunflowers, which are shiny and cheerful. They are darker in appearance. Chocolate or Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) is a branching sunflower variety with brownish petals and deep burgundy or maroon base. It's not hard to come by their seeds. You can visit a local ...

77-foot tree installed at New York City’s Rockefeller Center

New York 11/09/19, 13:44

A Norway spruce that was purchased as a sapling 60 years ago has been installed at New York City's Rockefeller Center as the anchor of the upcoming Christmas festivities. The 77-foot (23.5-meter) tree from the village of Florida, New York, was lifted into place Saturday. Carol Schultz bought the sapling in 1959 ...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been harvested

New York 11/07/19, 13:44

A Norway spruce that years ago was displayed on its owner's coffee table will soon rise in a much grander setting: the middle of Rockefeller Center. Carol Schultz bought the sapling for the 1959 Christmas season. After displaying it in her home in the village of Florida, New York, she planted ...

Oakland becomes 2nd US city to legalize magic mushrooms

U.S. 06/05/19, 01:31

Oakland on Tuesday became the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms after a string of speakers testified that psychedelics helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.The City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the adult use and possession of magic mushrooms and other entheogenic, or psychoactive, plants ...

OK to smoke, not to grow? States wrestle with homegrown pot

U.S. 05/29/19, 16:52

Illinois lawmakers working to legalize recreational marijuana have hit a potential snag that other states have wrestled with: whether to allow people to grow a few pot plants for personal use.The 10 states that have legalized recreational marijuana have different "home grow" rules, with Michigan allowing individuals to grow as ...

Save the bees (and time and money) by creating a bee lawn

U.S. 05/28/19, 07:39

Flowering "bee lawns" that attract pollinators are a compromise between fastidious turf management and the more casual yard approach. They add biodiversity to the landscape and need less maintenance. That makes them cost-effective, too.Bee lawns are turf grasses blended with low-growing perennials that bloom again after mowing. They're cared for ...

2,000 cherry trees destroyed at ex-49er’s California orchard

Sports 05/19/19, 14:11

Former San Francisco 49ers center Jeremy Newberry says vandals have destroyed nearly half of the 4,000 cherry trees recently planted at his Northern California orchard.Newberry tells the San Francisco Chronicle that a worker at his Newberry Cherry Farm arrived May 15 to find 2,000 new trees plucked from their roots ...

New strategy aims to save sagebrush in Western states

U.S. 04/23/19, 12:03

Federal officials have released a plan to save sagebrush habitats in Western states that support cattle ranching, recreation and 350 wildlife species, including imperiled sage grouse.Officials say the 248-page document released this month is a paradigm shift relying on advances in technology and analytics to categorize sagebrush areas based on ...

Update: Oklahoma City bombing Survivor Tree DNA lives on

Science 04/19/19, 15:46

The Latest on efforts to sustain a tree symbolizing hope following the Oklahoma City bombing (all times local):3:30 p.m.Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.Mark Bays, right, a forester ...

Oklahoma City bombing ‘Survivor Tree’ DNA to live on

Science 04/18/19, 23:13

Oklahoma City is using science and technology to sustain the DNA and spirit of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil.As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to transplant ...

Chicago company ditches Battle Creek tree farm project

Enviroment 04/11/19, 12:06

A project to turn empty southern Michigan land where a school once stood into a sprawling tree farm and flower garden has been abandoned.Greenprint Partners recently returned the vacant 2 acres (0.8 hectares) in Battle Creek to the city and school district, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported. The Chicago-based environmental ...

US regulators plan hearing on growing use of CBD in products

U.S. 04/02/19, 10:42

U.S. regulators are planning a public hearing to collect more information on CBD in cosmetics, foods and other products as the cannabis compound spreads in popularity.CBD comes from marijuana or hemp plants but does not cause a high. People have been drawn to the extract because of its supposed calming ...

Texas to soon remove hemp from controlled substance list

U.S. 04/01/19, 11:24

Texas is planning to eliminate hemp from its list of controlled substances.The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Department of State Health Services will on Friday remove hemp from a list of Schedule I drugs that can be abused and have no authorized medical use. Other Schedule I drugs ...

Nashville mayor: Trees will be relocated for NFL draft stage

Football 03/30/19, 19:04

The city of Nashville won't cut down 21 ornamental cherry trees to make space for an NFL draft stage, Mayor David Briley said Saturday.In a news release, Briley said he had informed the NFL and Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. that they will have to remove the trees intact and ...

Former cyclist Floyd Landis to open cafe and hemp store

U.S. 02/08/19, 15:47

Former professional cyclist Floyd Landis has announced plans to open a bicycle showroom and coffee shop that will sell hemp products in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.LNP reports Landis said Thursday he will open Floyd's of Lancaster Cafe in the spring featuring products from his Colorado-based business that sells cannabis derivatives.The cafe will ...

Dakota Access pipeline developer slow to replace some trees

U.S. 01/01/19, 12:57

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline missed a year-end deadline to plant thousands of trees along the pipeline corridor in North Dakota, but the company said it was still complying with a settlement of allegations it violated state rules during construction.Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which built the $3.8 ...

Dakota Access company says it complied with state settlement

U.S. 11/28/18, 15:50

A Texas-based developer said it complied with the terms of a 2017 agreement settling allegations it violated North Dakota rules during construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but state regulators want more details.Energy Transfer Partners in October filed documents detailing efforts by a contractor to plant 141,000 trees and ...

A sharing economy for plants: Seed libraries are sprouting up

Business 11/20/18, 21:30

Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, but its core spirit was exported from harvest festivals stretching back for millennia. Its essence is being grateful for what one has, while noting a duty to share one’s good fortune. In my new book, “The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops are Changing the Way We Eat,” ...

Hurricane Michael could sour Florida’s tupelo honey harvest

Florida 10/22/18, 22:19

Hurricane Michael toppled beehives and stripped flowering plants across Florida's Panhandle, threatening tupelo honey production in a tiny community that is the primary source of the sweet delicacy.Tanker trucks of corn syrup and tens of thousands of pounds of synthetic pollen are being rushed to beekeepers from the Gulf of ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

Business 10/10/18, 09:53

An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one ...

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