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Carol Riggs shows us the new Spring flowers, plants, hanging baskets, flower pots, sculptures, fountains and some wonderful things for your home and great gifts for Mother’s Day at Sturtz & Copeland in Boulder. We look at some whimsical sculptures and decorations, the flowers and hanging baskets, the large selection of pots and the fabulous fountains for your home and garden.
Sturtz and Copeland in Boulder is hosting a complimentary Demonstration of easy and elegant tablescapes, as they introduce the new line of Kitchen Papers. Stop by this Sunday , April 28th 2013 from 12PM – 2PM to learn more, and see the new lines of Kitchen Papers and Michael Design Work. Both will be perfect for Mother’s Day gift ideas! Also to top off the fun they are offereing 10% discount on all featured merchandise for this one day only. Sunday April 28th, 2013.
The Flower Bin is proud to have been serving local gardeners for 41 years. They grow most of their own plants! The ‘Bin has been helping gardeners of all ages and experience levels fill their gardens and homes with locally-grown options for any occasion.
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Don Weakland shows us some of the beautiful hanging baskets they have for Mother’s Day at the Flower Bin in Longmont. People come from across the borders to get these legendary baskets for spring and summer and we also learn about some of the featured flowers they grow and include in these fabulous hanging baskets and others that stand alone great as well.
It’s Administrative Professionals Week! April 22-26 and flowers are the perfect way to show your gratitude for all their hard work. Let Sturtz & Copeland help you thank those who keep the workplace running smoothly with a beautiful bouquet of cut flowers, a hanging basket, or maybe even a hand crafted patio pot filled with colorful annuals that will bloom all summer long! 2851 Valmont Boulder Weekdays:
Sturtz and Copeland is regularly recognized as the best Florist and Greenhouse in the Boulder area, with a knowledgeable staff always willing to help. Along with professional floral arrangements, a wide selection of annuals and perennials, a year round greenhouse stocked with indoor plants, Sturtz and Copeland has recently added a Card and Stationery section. This newest addition allows Boulder brides to shop in one location for both fine stationery and artistically arranged wedding flowers.
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May 7th, 2013
Carol Riggs shows us the new Spring flowers, plants, hanging baskets, flower pots, sculptures, fountains and some wonderful things for._[READ|SHARE]_.
April 29th, 2013
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April 22nd, 2013
It's Administrative Professionals Week! April 22-26 and flowers are the perfect way to show your gratitude for all their hard._[READ|SHARE]_.
We’ve all heard examples of animal altruism: Dogs caring for orphaned kittens, chimps sharing food or dolphins nudging injured mates to the surface. Now, a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests some plants are altruistic too.
The researchers looked at corn, in which each fertilized seed contained two “siblings” — an embryo and a corresponding bit of tissue known as endosperm that feeds the embryo as the seed grows, said CU-Boulder Professor Pamela Diggle. They compared the growth and behavior of the embryos and endosperm in seeds sharing the same mother and father with the growth and behavior of embryos and endosperm that had genetically different parents.
“The results indicated embryos with the same mother and father as the endosperm in their seed weighed significantly more than embryos with the same mother but a different father,” said Diggle, a faculty member in CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department. “We found that endosperm that does not share the same father as the embryo does not hand over as much food — it appears to be acting less cooperatively.”
A paper on the subject was published during the week of Jan. 21 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Co-authors on the study included Chi-Chih Wu, a CU-Boulder doctoral student in the ecology and evolutionary biology department and Professor William “Ned” Friedman, a professor at Harvard University who helped conduct research on the project while a faculty member at CU-Boulder.
Diggle said it is fairly clear from previous research that plants can preferentially withhold nutrients from inferior offspring when resources are limited. “Our study is the first to specifically test the idea of cooperation among siblings in plants.”
“One of the most fundamental laws of nature is that if you are going to be an altruist, give it up to your closest relatives,” said Friedman. “Altruism only evolves if the benefactor is a close relative of the beneficiary. When the endosperm gives all of its food to the embryo and then dies, it doesn’t get more altruistic than that.”
In corn reproduction, male flowers at the top of the plants distribute pollen grains two at a time through individual tubes to tiny cobs on the stalks covered by strands known as silks in a process known as double fertilization. When the two pollen grains come in contact with an individual silk, they produce a seed containing an embryo and endosperm. Each embryo results in just a single kernel of corn, said Diggle.
The team took advantage of an extremely rare phenomenon in plants called “hetero-fertilization,” in which two different fathers sire individual corn kernels, said Diggle, currently a visiting professor at Harvard. The manipulation of corn plant genes that has been going on for millennia — resulting in the production of multicolored “Indian corn” cobs of various colors like red, purple, blue and yellow — helped the researchers in assessing the parentage of the kernels, she said.
Wu, who cultivated the corn and harvested more than 100 ears over a three-year period, removed, mapped and weighed every individual kernel out of each cob from the harvests. While the majority of kernels had an endosperm and embryo of the same color — an indication they shared the same mother and father — some had different colors for each, such as a purple outer kernel with yellow embryo.
Wu was searching for such rare kernels — far less than one in 100 — that had two different fathers as a way to assess cooperation between the embryo and endosperm. “It was very challenging and time-consuming research,” said Friedman. “It was like looking for a needle in a haystack, or in this case, a kernel in a silo.”
Endosperm — in the form of corn, rice, wheat and other crops — is critical to humans, providing about 70 percent of calories we consume annually worldwide. “The tissue in the seeds of flowering plants is what feeds the world,” said Friedman, who also directs the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard. “If flowering plants weren’t here, humans wouldn’t be here.”
Boulder Channel 1 visits the Flower Bin in Longmont to learn from owner Don Weakland about their huge holiday inventory and what makes them popular during the Christmas season, including wreaths, Christmas trees, and especially their wonderful selection of Poinsettias. We learn a little bit about the history of the Poinsettia plant and how they can be a great decoration for your holiday home setting along with the wide selection of other flowers and holiday ornaments and decorations in the shop.
The Tree Farm is known throughout the Rocky Mountain Region as a most extraordinary place. As Colorado natives, the Spahn Family has strove since 1980 to satisfy the demands of the most discriminating consumers with our unique nursery.
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Boulder Colorado In the sunshine front yard of a north Boulder home a single crocus stuck it’s head above the soil signaling the beginning of spring in this idyllic hamlet beneath the flat irons. ” I was taking out the garbage this moring about 10:30…….you know those plastic containers on wheels. It’s Tuesday and the garbageman always comes on Tuesday said the resident who asked to remain anonymous. ( Boulder Channel one does not release name of gardeners or birders so they do not become the victims of ridicule) “ I looked down at one of my planting areas and there was a very faint touch of green. I knelt and looked closer, getting ready to pull a weed……….and wait….Oh My God ! it was a Crocus!! Imagine my surprise and it’s only January 18″, the home guardian said.
Though mid January does seem a bit early for Boulder, it is more typical than not. Crocus will continue to pop up and will be full bloom in March.
Whoop-dee do……..Now…what?? so what.
Xcel Energy yesterday lost its battle to add Boulder to its list of patsy/pushover franchise communities, and “so what?” would be the big question, because it will still be the only provider of electric power for Boulder, will still be generating some of that power with coal, and will still be figuring out how to smooth over the lumps in its “natural resource” gravy to secure a new franchise agreement some time in the next five years — plenty of time for Boulder voters, who’ve become increasingly conservative over the past decade, to vote in a team that agrees with the three members of council who strongly supported getting Xcel’s franchise deal on this year’s ballot. (Suzy Ageton, Suzy’s “adorable little monkey” Ken Wilson, and George Karakehian.) It should be remembered that Suzy was the top vote-getter in last year’s council election, indicating there might be a lot of room for people who think as she does.
Assuming that Xcel does eventually get its deal on the ballot, we know they’ll stop at nothing to win it. The local enviros might have a lot of cache with the elite local pols, some of whom click on chandeliers when they click on a light bulb; however, when push comes to shove in the political arena, the pushers — the people spending the big bucks to win — usually do win. Xcel merely has to figure out a way to present its ongoing renewable energy efforts as a little more potent, a little more on track, a little more “oomphy” when it comes to wind and solar power. To do that, they’re likely to install a couple of cute little wind farms (watch out Gilpin County) — and maybe even partner on a solar-array battery-powered automobile facility. (Such facilities, which have solarized carports for a fleet of lithium-battery-powered vehicles, are included as part of “decarbonization” programs in a number of cities, although not yet in Boulder.)
Some history is worth noting: in 2000, with natural gas prices busting through all prior ceilings, and seniors on fixed incomes going without food to keep their heat on, Xcel went on an advertising rampage, presenting itself via a very hi-tech and suspiciously subliminal ad scheme. The central ad had marching bands, bouquets of flowers, and an adult woman with cherry-red lipstick and a short, “little girl” pleated skirt offering lollipops. People wrote to the company asking about those lollipops — the official word back from their independent communications contractor was that the ads were to help Coloradans get to know Xcel. As what, though? A supplier of lollipops or of advertising aimed to sexually arouse male rate payers? Sexual themes are probably the standard subliminal tool for all sophisticated print and video media campaigns — somehow, it makes you want to accept a company that otherwise might be regarded as a rapacious predator reaching into everyone’s pockets. With the sex theme, they’re sending the message that they only reach into your pockets for a quick rubdown of your privates. It’s irrational, but that’s probably why it works.
The profit and loss statements for Xcel show that they presently make substantially more money per individual Colorado home than they do in Minnesota, their base location. This fact was part of the documented presentation made by former council member Steve Pomerance and others working with him to help shoot down Xcel’s bid. The facts are, this is a company that makes all it can wherever and whenever it can. If they do get a franchise agreement on the ballot, they’ll likely win, as they have proven themselves to spend, spend and spend some more on advertising.
That’s what makes them tick. They manufacture not simply electric power…they also manufacture consent.
Enviros were shouting outside the August 4th city council meeting, but the Boulder city council is not really the shouting zone for this one. The shouting zone regarding energy issues is in D.C., or maybe at the state capitol building in Denver. The Xcel CEO may have walked away empty-handed after meeting privately with individual city council members, but he only “slinked” away if you think the Cheshire Cat is slinking when it sits on its tree limb smiling, smiling and smiling some more.
Rob Smoke has no energy to speak of, but is wired for sound. See his news stories here daily.