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The oldest flower, called Archaefructus sinensis or "ancient fruit from China", is of a species never before seen, says David Dilcher, of the Florida Museum of Natural History and the University of Florida. "It is like the mother of all flowering plants".
Researchers at the University of Florida, US, say the species could be the predecessor of all flowering plants. They say it probably grew in shallow lakes shared by dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. It was discovered in a slab of stone in north-east China and the plant is thought to have lived at least 125 million years ago. It's felt the flower may be related to our modern water lily.
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On the ranch we grew alot of perennial herbs and Lavender was included. I still grow it now, even though my yard is small. I use it not only for it's beauty in the garden but for topiary and scent so will share different ways to enjoy it. more
Gardening season will soon be in full bloom, so don't let skin irritations keep you from digging all the way in. Sun, heat and humidity, as well as exposure to certain plants and biting insects, may lead to skin rashes and irritations. The best way to avoid rashes is to protect your skin and avoid the irritant, but that's not always possible. If you experience occasional skin rashes and irritations as a result of spending time outdoors—don't scratch. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water, and avoid clothing that may have come in contact with the irritant. After washing, consult an old friend—Watkins Red Clover Salve. Red clover is a natural skin treatment that has been used for centuries to treat skin discomforts. It may be just what you need to avoid those little bumps in life.
Cannas perform best in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Water once a week during dry weather. To promote growth, fertilize once a month with a balanced garden fertilizer such as 16-16-16. Remove spent flowers to promote additional blooming.