Sunday Digest

The Rhubarb Triangle is 9-square-mile area in West Yorkshire, England between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell famous for producing early forced rhubarb (it got a mention on the TV programme Qi recently).

This article from the BBC details some of what goes on in the Rhubarb Triangle – apparently the forcing works so well you can hear the rhubarb growing. The good news is that rhubarb is making a comeback in Britain. Has it ever gone out of fashion here?

This is a tremendous video (and commentary) about what goes on in a forcing shed (3.24 minutes long).

Dowdeswell’s Delphiniums is based in Wanganui and Terry Dowdeswell is probably this country’s leading commercial delphinium breeder – he has produced the Millennium Delphinium line. Seeds and plants available.

Tony Foster has created a blinder of a website for anyone who struggles with botanical terms (ie, me). He illustrates each word with a photo from Aotearoa New Zealand and so far has tackled about 350 botanical words that come from Greek or Latin. At least one word goes up a day.

See inside a monarch butterfly chrysalis courtesy of hospital technology. An MRI has revealed the transformation process for the first time – and the reason for those gorgeous gold dots is revealed. An intriguing read.


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