THE OLD SIGN PHILOSOPHER, THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY!

A BAD SPEL OF WETHER St. Louis has definitely had a bad spell of weather this past Saturday.

DROUGHT RELIEF....RAIN We finally got some rain to help relieve the summer drought BUT 2 INCHES IN ONE HOUR IS CRAZY!

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SCIENTISTS GERMINATE 2,000 YEAR OLD SEED!

Scientists in Jerusalem coaxed a 2,000-year-old date palm seed into producing a 12-inch-tall sapling. The seed was discovered at an archaeological dig by researchers looking for ancient medicinal plants. "It's the start of a long-term program to germinate more ancient seeds from this region, which have been found in archaeology digs," said Sarah Sallon, Hadassah Medical Organization director of natural medicine research. "We would like one day to have plantations of these ancient cultivars." Scientists dubbed the sapling Methuselah. Sallon was not aware of anyone expressing interest in breeding the plant for commercial or ornamental use.

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WHAT CAUSES HOSTAS TO CHANGE COLORS?

This interesting article from Walter's Gardens tells how and why a hosta colors change throughout the growing season by Clarence Falstad, Past President (2001-2003) of The American Hosta Society. READ MORE!
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LIBERTY BELL GETS LIBERTY ELM TREE

American Liberty elms have found a home at the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. Three American elms resistant to Dutch elm disease were planted as part of a landscaping project adjacent to the Liberty Bell Center and in front of Independence Hall. The elms average 20-30 feet high and were propagated and grown by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute (ERI). ERI isolated 6 resistant elm clones and markets them jointly as American Liberty elms.

HOPEFULLY, WE WILL HAVE A LIMITED SUPPLY IN 2006.