Downtown Earth Day Tour – Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

The plant sync will empower climate change action through gardening on Earth Day. We will have a booth at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden with plants to give away. See Open Source Plants.

Introducing Heuchera ‘Verdant Glory’

'Verdant Glory'
‘Verdant Glory’

Introducing Heuchera ‘Verdant Glory’

I have two jobs. My first job is breeding ornamental plants for commercial markets through my company, Steadfast Plants, LLC. For the past 15 years I have been breeding Heuchera (otherwise known as coral bells or alumroot). The first nine years I labored as a hobbyist; for the past 6 years as a full-time professional. My primary breeding goal is to develop Heuchera varieties here that are not only ornamental, but also durable and vigorous in the harsh Iowa climate. Many Heuchera varieties on the market today do not meet this standard. While they have showy — even spectacular — leaves ????????????????????????????????????? and flowers, they do not survive or thrive for long in Iowa. I have made progress in breeding Heuchera hybrids that combine attractiveness and commercial marketability with durability and vigor. However, my cheap nfl jerseys most durable Heuchera selections to date are from seed collected from wild populations of Change Heuchera villosa ssp. macrorhiza in Middle Tennessee.

Ten years ago I named one of these durable species selections as ‘Verdant Glory.’    It has darker green leaves than other Heuchera villosa species selections such as ‘Autumn Bride.’ It also has mildly shiny leaves, particularly in spring and early summer. The plant cheap nba jerseys from seed has survived and thrived for thirteen years in the shade at my home in Ankeny, Iowa. It has 2011 never been lifted and divided, although a few offsets have been taken over the years for propagation. As of this writing on July 15th, test 2015 it is about three feet across and a foot high with a large, yet compact, growth habit. The flowers are small (even for Heuchera) and not showy, as with most species selections of Heuchera villosa. This plant is not a viable commercial variety. It does not have patterned, bright foliage or showy flower displays that entice customers in retail settings. It does combine a certain paradoxical boldness of size and form with an understated green elegance in a shady garden setting. And again, it as tough cheap jerseys in Ankeny, Iowa in a shady setting as any Heuchera I have grown (among many thousands). I think it is a great plant for someone.

So, back to the “two jobs” thing. I have added the plant sync to my activities at Steadfast Plants, LLC. It occurs to me that the plant sync is an ideal way to distribute durable, new plant varieties that are worthwhile to someone, but do not meet commercial criteria. I have three specimens of ‘Verdant Glory,’ one a of which is available on 7/15/2015 and another later in the summer or early fall. ‘Verdant Glory’ is the first in the Steadfast TM series of Heuchera from Steadfast Plants, LLC. It is not patented and may be freely grown, divided, sold, or given away by anyone.

Whoever receives this plant from my Facebook offer: I hope you enjoy it. Please Grow-Share-Repeat. And pass its name along as divisions become available .

Matthew Bailey


Plant Sync – What’s in a Name

plant sync” — What’s in a name?

Well . . . maybe more than you think.

In the first instance, the “plant sync” is a play on words. On the one hand it refers to the ability of plants to act as a biological “sink” for carbon dioxide. On the other hand it refers to the local sharing of plants ; i.e. the “syncing” of plant selections among participants ( See Grow-Share-Repeat). Also, in today’s world, the term “sync” is most used to refer to management of electronic information, and has a technology ring to it. The plant sync is dependent Yeah! on the internet and social media technology to have any kind of broad impact.

And wholesale jerseys there’s more . . .

In modern usage, the informal term Zone” “sync” has come to mean more than aligning events exactly in wholesale jerseys time cheap nba jerseys (e.g., synchronize your watches!). Change It now means a good match or a harmonious relationship of any kind (e.g.; the shop manager is “in sync” with her customers).  So, the plant sync seeks to develop relationships among people and plants that maximally promote prevention and mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change. While the main focus of the plant sync is immediate and direct action to fight climate change, we also know that plants provide many other interconnected services.*  So the plant sync will acknowledge and integrate actions around these services as we go.

Finally, “plant sync” refers to all participants as a whole — sharing common cause against climate change. We are all — together — the plant sync.

Matthew Bailey

July 15, 2015

* You know, little things like test oxygen, food, clothing, shelter, recreation, beauty, etc.

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