Mercer March Mart 2019, March 15-16

March Mart 2019!
March 15 @ 8:00 am – March 16 @ 4:00 pm

Our spring plant extravaganza makes its annual appearance on Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16, 2019. The VIP Preview Sale and Reception will take place Thursday evening, March 14, 2019. This is a must-attend event of the spring season …mark your calendars now, so you do not miss it. More details will unfold in this space in the months ahead. March Mart 2019.

See Mercer Society for more details

The Woodlands Arbor Day Tree GiveAway Jan 26, 2019

Many of the trees in our gardens came from previous ArborDay events

Calling all green thumb gardeners! Make plans to pick up your free tree seedlings when The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) hosts The Woodlands® Arbor Day Tree Pickup on Saturday, January 26 from 10 am until 2 pm at Hughes Landing, the dynamic mixed-use development on Lake Woodlands.

Since 1977, the developer has given away more than 1.5 million tree seedlings at Arbor Day. This year, more than 44,000 tree seedlings will be handed out, representing nine varieties including Bald Cypress, Laurel Oak, Live Oak, Loblolly Pine, Overcup Oak, River Birch, Sawtooth Oak , Silky Dogwood and Water Oak.

“We are pleased to continue the popular tradition of Arbor Day in The Woodlands, which enriches the natural beauty of the community. Residents and visitors are encouraged to collect their tree seedlings and plant them at their home or in reserves and forested preserves,” said Heath Melton, Vice President, Master Planned Communities, Residential for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “Enjoy your Saturday visit to the pedestrian-friendly Hughes Landing even further with some shopping at retailers, lunch at Restaurant Row and indulgence of sweet treats.”

Location
Hughes Landing
The Woodlands, TX

Cotton Seeds Spring to Life on the Far Side of the Moon

Cotton seeds carried by China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander have germinated on the far side of the moon, becoming the first plant shoots to grow there in what mission chiefs said was laying the foundation for a base on Earth’s only natural satellite.

A photo released on Tuesday by the China National Space Administration showed cotton shoots were growing well along with other germinated plants.

When Chang’e 4 landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, its cargo included an airtight container which carried bioscience test loads, including one called a “moon surface micro-ecological circle”. … more

The Plants are listening, and they are talking back

When people pose the old question about whether a tree falling in an empty forest makes a sound, they presuppose that none of the other plants in the forest are listening in. Plants, supposedly, are silent and unhearing. They don’t make noises, unless rustled or bitten. When Rachel Carson described a spring bereft of birds, she called it silent.

But these stereotypes may not be true. According to a blossoming batch of studies, it’s not that plants have no acoustic lives. It’s more that, until now, we’ve been blissfully unaware of them….. read more at the Atlantic

Flowers respond to pollinator sound within minutes by increasing nectar sugar concentration

The sounds of plants – Plants emit remotely-detectable ultrasounds that can reveal plant stress

Mythbusters, Talking to Plants

Bracidostele (bcd) orchids

Bcd Guilded Tower ‘mystic maze’

This orchid does very well in low light. It’s in a second floor, north facing window with some shade from the trees. It blooms in Jan. A few cold nights on the windowsill get it going.

Ours is planted semi-hydro.

Windowsill temperatures range from ~45’F-90’F

We found this at the Houston Orchid Show in 2018. Like most cultivars there is little information and most of it is contradictory. I’m going with the Smithsonian version. It’s a cultivar between Brassostele Summit X and Brassidium Gilded Urchin