2019: a year in flowers - Financial TimesSunday, January 26, 2020
I will now retrace.
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The first message from 2019 was that early-flowering plants are essential in British gardens. Yet again mahonias were fully out by the New Year. Witch hazels were superb and that obliging little evergreen shrub, Coronilla valentina glauca ‘Citrina’, ought to be tucked into a sunny place in city gardens. Early narcissi were fabulous and so were scented daphnes. So far this century, winter-flowering gardening has been the tempting way forwards. My advice is to double up on mimosas for warm walls in London.By early March, the best magnolias were already fully in flower, a month earlier than in the 1990s. Until mid-April they were spared the sharp spring frosts that turn their flowers dirty brown. The spring had already been exquisite in warm parts of Britain, full of camellias, magnolias and, in London, some ludicrously early wisterias. I have planted one of my special favourites for the future, Magnolia ‘Manchu Fan’, a variety with white fan-shaped flowers, and I hope to enjoy it for decades.By May, the weather was resolutely dry, delighting garden voyeurs but sorely testing active gardeners. Roses revelled in it and were as stupendous as I ever remember, but the drought began to take hold. Mercifully, Mother Nature relented in early June, only to return to desiccating form until mid-July. It was hard to persuade transplanted dahlias to grow on vigorously. After its all-night bashing as an undergraduate dance floor, our Oxford College lawn had to be watered to stop the fine grass from dying at the roots. Two hosings sufficed, but two more weeks without rain might have killed it for good.
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My loveliest late summer visit was to Coton Manor in Northamptonshire, where Susie Pasley-Tyler has taken the planting and colour-planning to new levels. I am not alone in admiring the descending sequence of beautifully planned borders and the heavenly planting of pots around the house, capped by big plants of the pale blue Agapanthus ‘Blue Moon’, now at the top of my shopping list. Coton Manor has just been voted the UK’s favourite garden in 201...https://www.ft.com/content/63c6b7a0-2cf6-11ea-bc77-65e4aa615551
Three women under investigation after Chinese lantern causes deadly blaze in German zoo - Calgary HeraldSunday, January 26, 2020
Germany for over a decade, on the internet, believing that they were allowed on New Year’s Eve, chief investigator Gerd Hoppmann told a somber news conference on Thursday.
Wolfgang Dressen, manager of the Krefeld zoo, stands in front of the burned-out monkey house of the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany, on January 1, 2020. – Fire ripped through the monkey house at Krefeld zoo on New Year’s Eve, killing dozens of animals, including orangutans, chimpanzees and marmosets, the management said.
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“I’ve seen very many human corpses,” Hoppmann said. “And I was struck by how like humans the bodies of the great apes looked when transformed by the fire.”The women had inscribed the lanterns, papier mache balloons lifted by the heat of the flame inside, with good wishes for the new year. Four had been found in the vicinity, while the fifth had been consumed in the zoo blaze.“They launched the lanterns with good wishes and had no idea what could happen,” Hoppmann said of the women, who could face charges of causing fire by negligence, punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment or a fine.“It was courageous of them to turn themselves in: that deserves respect,” he added, saying he would give no further details about the women, since they had received threats.
Candles and flowers are pictured outside the zoo of Krefeld after a monkey house burned down in Krefeld, Germany, January 1, 2020.
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The zoo was festooned with candles and photos of the dead apes on Thursday, with locals telling television stations how affected they had been by the deaths of the animals, who included Massa, a 48-year-old male gorilla.“The pain is unbelievable,” Wolfgang Dressen, director of the zoo, told public broadcaster WDR.Department store chain Real said on Thursday that it would stop selling the lanterns, which are still permitted in the northern, coastal region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
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Eight Award-Winning Varieties From IPM Essen - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, August 20, 2019
One of the highlights of the 37th IPM Essen trade fair in Essen, Germany, in January was the IPM Innovation awards, which recognize the top new varieties on display. A total of 58 innovative varieties in eight categories, submitted by 31 exhibitors, competed for the IPM Innovation 2019 prize. After evaluation by an expert commission on the eve of the fair, varieties were awarded prizes in seven of the eight categories, with one receiving the top overall prize.
Check out the slideshow above for a look at this year’s winners.Advertisement
Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here.
Ornamental Plants & Flowers MÉXICO powered by IPM ESSEN Gives Its Premiere in 2019 - PerishableNewsTuesday, August 20, 2019
The world’s leading fair for horticulture IPM ESSEN is continuing its international growth: From September 18 to 20, 2019, Ornamental Plants & Flowers MÉXICO powered by IPM ESSEN (OP&F) will be open in Mexico City. The new fair in the Centro Citibanamex will be organised by AM Expo & CEPOMAC with Messe Essen as the cooperation partner. OP&F powered by IPM ESSEN will be supported by the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture. The range on offer at OP&F will encompass Plants and Flowers, Technology and Innovations, Floristry as well as Horticulture and Landscaping. On the visitor side, the new event will be intended, above all, for plant breeders, landscape architects as well as gardeners and florists. From now on, exhibitors can register online: email@example.com.
“Ornamental Plants & Flowers MÉXICO powered by IPM ESSEN will be the new strategic meeting place for horticulture in North and Central America. Thus, we will offer European exhibitors the path into a highly interesting market,” Oliver P. Kuh...https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/ornamental-plants-flowers-mexico-powered-by-ipm-essen-gives-its-premiere-in-2019%EF%BB%BF/
German zoo fire kills more than 30 animals - TRT WorldSunday, January 26, 2020
Wednesday.One of the tributes asked simply "Why?".Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to other buildings at the zoo in North Rhine-Westphalia.Focus on fireworksPreliminary findings suggest the fire might have been caused by flying paper lanterns, which float into the air when lit.Three lanterns bearing hand-written New Year's wishes were discovered in the smouldering debris.These types of devices have been banned in the region since 2009.Police, who have launched an investigation for "arson through negligence", were contacted late Wednesday by a number of people who may have used these lanterns. Krefeld police said investigators were verifying their statements.The German animal protection association quickly called for all kinds of fireworks to be banned near zoos, farms and kennels.The deadly blaze was "terrible proof of the dramatic consequences for animals" from "uncontrolled" celebrations, the group said.Germans often use powerful fireworks to celebrate the New Year and in Berlin, rescue services on Wednesday recorded 22 injuries, some of which required amputations, from the holiday.That was roughly comparable to levels seen in previous years.The effect of fireworks on air quality has also begun to spark debate and the federal environment agency UBA estimated that the amount of fine particles released in one night was comparable to two months of highway traffic.
OMG this breaks my heart??????RIP ?????poor little souls????????Sad start of the year: In a major fire on New Years Eve in Krefeld, the ape house of the local zoo burned down completely. More than 30 monkeys died. Only the chimpanzees Bally & Limbo survived slightly injured. pic.twitter.com/Wr7FDA7Ikr— ? ?? ?? (@FranceschiJcf) January 1, 2020
Several major German supermarket and hardware chains have decided to stop selling fireworks.Demand remains strong for now, however, with the people spending around 113 million euros ($127 million) for New Year fireworks, the same amount as last year, according to sector federation VPI.Around 57 percent of the county's inhabitants would support a ban on firework sales but 84 percent of those questioned also said they looked forward to displays next year.Krefeld zoo planned to remain closed Wednesday with employees "in shock" owing to the "terrible tragedy", management said.The zoo has around 1,000 animals and attracts some 400,000 visitors a year.
Long asparagus season in NRW ends this weekend - FreshPlaza.comTuesday, August 20, 2019
On Johannistag, June 24, it is New Year's Eve for asparagus. On this day, asparagus farmers traditionally end their harvest, says the Chamber of Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia. Last year, the noble vegetables were cultivated on about 4,000 hectares in NRW.
The shoots, still growing, are no longer being harvested. In the next three months, the asparagus grows up to 2 m high to form energy reserves with the help of sunlight, reserves which are stored in the roots. This secures the harvest for the next asparagus season.
The asparagus season has been running at full speed at many farms since the end of March. For the asparagus this year, there was a mix of warm, but also very cold days. The growers were able to adjust the harvest to the changing temperatures by putting covers on the fields. Since the consumer in Germany prefers white asparagus with white heads, covering the asparagus beds is indispensable.
One way to enjoy asparagus even after the asparagus season is to freeze the peeled asparagus. The last harvest days should be used by consumers to stock up. The peeled and portioned asparagus can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date. For consumption, the frozen asparagus can be put in boiling water. So that not all valuable ingredients end up in the water, ...https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9119488/long-asparagus-season-in-nrw-ends-this-weekend/
Man accused of pushing boy in front of Frankfurt train had ‘psychological problems’ - The Irish TimesTuesday, August 20, 2019
Public safetyLast week a 34-year-old mother was killed in North Rhine-Westphalia when a German-born man with Serbian roots pushed her into the path of an oncoming train. The second such death in a week has sparked soul-searching in Germany about public safety, particularly in train stations.
The Frankfurt suspect was born in 1979, is married and has three children. He was granted refugee status in 2008 and had full-time employment.
“In a brochure from the firm where he works he was presented as a super integration case study,” said Horst Seehofer, Germany’s federal interior minister, who interrupted his holiday for a press conference on Tuesday.
German interior minister Horst Seehofer at a news conference about the Frankfurt killing in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
Federal police said the man was not flagged in any databases and, as a recognised refugee, was in Germany legally. He was not checked at the border because Switzerland, though outside the EU, is an associate member of the Schengen free-travel area. The man had been sought by the Swiss police since an incident last week in which he threatened a neighbour with a knife, tried to strangle her and locked her in her apartment.
‘Cold-blooded murder’Close to tears in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Seehofer said that, like millions of other Germans, he was “deeply shocked by the cold-blooded murder”. He announced a special body to examine boosting train station security.
“Although general criminality figures are dropping, the feeling of security among the population is very tense and cases like yesterday contribute to that,” he said, urging reporters at a press conference to “separate cleanly” crime and migration.
Instead he said Germany was facing a rise in public order offences generally – regardless of perpetrator origin – and promised extra police resources to tackle this.
Experts said it was difficult to predict what the motive in such attacks could be.
“It could be an extremely heightened disposition for violence or psychological problems, but I would be careful talking of a typical perpetrator profile,” said Prof Rudolf Egg, a criminal psychologist, to German television.
Couple break with pace 214, on Federal road in order to catch a holiday flight - The Crypto Coin DiscoverySunday, March 3, 2019
Flensburg in the last two weeks solid. You have knowledge of more than 100 Calls of this kind.
Übach-Palenberg: police to sexual offence witnesses.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, Übach-Palenberg the police after an unknown youth was on Tuesday afternoon, compared to a nine-year-old girl sexually grip. Accordingly, the child was playing on a Playground, when a young man approached and led to a mound of dirt. There, the young people should have stripped the girl.
The officials, according to two strollers, the speeches, the suspects approached in this Moment. This was run then walk. The passers-by took the girl home. Now the police are looking for both after helping a couple, as well as to the unknown youth who is described as follows:
about 15 to 17 years of age, and of robust stature, short, blonde, and upstairs greasy hair, asked to be witnesses at the sides, shorter brown shoes, light brown denim jacket and blue Jeanswar with black-and-white Bicycle on the road
to put under the phone number 02452 920 0.
news of Wednesday, 20. February
Munich: police stops driving school – driving instructor on drugs
During a routine control, the police in Munich have pulled a driving instructor. The officers found the 40-Year-old initially glassy and red eyes, and assumed, therefore, that the man navigated his driving students under the influence of a drug through the streets of the Bavarian capital Navi. The locally made drug-test confirmed this suspicion. The police announced, has been canceled, then the hour’s drive. The rider was allowed to go home. The due blood test should confirm the results of the quick tests that threaten his driving instructor, a driving ban, two points in Flensburg and a fine of 500 euros. Maybe the man loses even his driving instructor permission.
Pulheim: Drunk driver falls asleep in front of traffic light, a
In North Rhine-Westphalia, Pulheim is asleep, a motorist in front of a traffic light. As the police reported on Wednesday, the 49-Year-old three per thousand in the blood. A witness stopped around 8.30 am on Tuesday morning behind the vehicle of the man. But when the light turned Green, drove off the car in front of him. When he got out, and ran to the car, he noted that the driver sat asleep behind the wheel. An ambulance took him to a hospital, where a blood sample. The police secured the license and launched a criminal case.
Rostock: Baby skeleton in the flower pot found
In Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) has found the police in the case of a 27-year-old woman is the skeleton of a newborn baby in a flower pot. When the Baby died and what was the exact cause of death is yet determined, said the spokesman for the Rostock office of the public Prosecutor, Harald Nowack, on Wednesday. So far there is no evidence of a homicide.
The investigators had received a note from a loved one that the woman kept a dead-born child in her apartment. The apartment in a multi family home was at 16. February searches. In an earth filled flower pot, officials found a small skeleton. Forensic scientists have found out that it is the bone of a newborn baby.
With the help of DNA analysis is to be determined details. Unclear age, gender, and cause of death of the child and how the bones came to be in the vessel. In search of the absent tenant had reported in the meantime, a lawyer at the police. You have made no data.
Iserlohn: 26-Year-old dies after punch
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