Can Plants Think?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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photo by Eric Hunt

Scientists debate a new way of understanding flora.

The leaflets of the Mimosa pudica, or “sensitive plant,” fold up when touched. It’s “that rare plant species with a behavior so speedy and visible that animals can observe it,” writes Michael Pollan.

In his latest piece for The New Yorker, Michael Pollan discusses the scientific controversy regarding the field of “plant neurobiology,” and whether plant intelligence exists. Some plants, he writes, can hear caterpillars chomping on a neighbor’s leaves. Others display altruistic behavior towards kin, restraining their growth to allow relatives to thrive. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?

 

Woolly Around the World: Anaheim, CA

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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photo by Johnny Angeles

This week’s customer photo inspiration comes from Anaheim, CA. A wide variety of succulents, were planted in our Living Wall Planters.

The planter boxes were installed to add some kind of greenery to an other wise fully concreted patio. It livens up the new special event center in Anaheim, now called The Colony House.

 

Plants and People August 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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This month our #PlantsandPeople instagram posts embraced the joy and color of summer. Photos by @strellazade, @daisypeck, @calme__, @lavicvic, @stephaniebroad, @amandajanejones, @chrysti, @colerise, @poppy_redish_, @arielealasko, @josiahfilm, @maggiezulovic, @laurenlemon, @openjournal_neometro, @sherikowalski, @sonofnasser, @cocoxochitl, @tucsoncactus, @nirl, @betterhomesandgardens, @danrubin, @brandon_floyd, @bethnaymollenkof, @bbasium, @melissasonico, @cherrysparks_da, @karendoolittle, @vildans, @pavatsu, @calebthefox, @rinxixi, @hennablossom, @maudiskoby, @thezoogallery, @evelyn_photography1, @ecodesignproject, @sashabenz, @plantsofnature, @gazacactus, @mikekus, @lindablahnik, @whighfield, @sarajenggrewar, @sophie_625_, @simandnim

Medicinal Plants And Their Health Benefits

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nature has offered and bestowed us with a large collection of useful herbs, plants and trees. The number of useful medicinal plants and herbs may surprise you and the types of medicinal uses they have may leave you stunned. There are many important medicinal properties and due to these, some plants can help fight fever, provide pain relief and cure various kinds of infections and allergies as well. Let’s find out about some of the best medicinal plants and their benefits.

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California Poppy

This plant is an effective nervine which means that it is an anxiety reliever and is safe to be used also in the case of children.  This plant also helps to provide quick relief from nervousness and tension and this can be done by converting it into tea.

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Blood Flower

This is a type of a tropical milkweed which has long been favoured as a heart stimulant and is also effective as a worm repellent.

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Tansy

Tansy is another really popular medicinal plant which too has many kinds of benefits and advantages. This plant is often used for flavouring beers and stews.  It is also a very good insect repellent and is used for this by people across many countries where it is grown.  Rubbing this plant on the skin can make it a good bug repellent as well.

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Korian Mint

Korian mint or regular old mint has many health benefits as well as medicinal properties. It helps in soothing headaches, calming the stomach and also fighting nausea. This plant can also prove to be effective in reducing nervousness and fatigue.  Since it is an antiviral, it helps to fight colds and flu as well.

Woolly Around the World: Washington D.C.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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We received some inspirational Woolly Living Wall Planter photos from Andy Akester this week. When he and his wife relocated from lush Seattle to a new home in the heart of Washington DC, they no longer had green space in their backyard. Our Living Wall Planters transformed their backyard into a gorgeous green focal point of their home.

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