Florists in Acton, ON
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Feb 23, 2017
Gardening: Catmints a love-it or hate-it arrangement
Cats may be attracted to the aromatic oil, nepetalactone, that is released when the foliage is crushed. Closely related to feline sexual pheromones, it causes cats to be silly. The effects last for a few minutes, but cats may return frequently, ultimately decimating the plants. Young kittens or older cats are less affected. My own theory, somewhat biased and without scientific support: city cats really go for it as they’re somewhat bored. Country cats have better things to do with their time and have more options and therefore generally leave it alone.A member of the mint family, perennial catmint is characterized by four-sided stems and opposite leaves. The oblong to heart-shaped foliage is aromatic and an attractive blue- or grey-green. The small, tubular, two-lipped flowers in blue, purple, white or cream, are arranged in whorls on long racemes. Catmints are very floriferous and bloom over six to eight weeks. They attract bees and butterflies with their nectar but are resistant to deer and rabbits.They’re hardy, easy to grow, and flourish in full sun and well-drained soil. Insect and disease free, they’re remarkably drought-tolerant once established. Shear to about 25 cm after blooming.Here are some selections, beginning with the most compact and well behaved:Dropmore Blue (30 x 45 cm), introduced in 1938 by Dr. Frank Skinner of Manitoba, is my favourite. It sports large, bright blue flowers for almost 8 weeks, has attractive blue-green foliage, and is w... (Saskatoon StarPhoenix)Dec 22, 2016
Another Life: Books to make a flower lover happy
A chapter on woody plants finds past collectors’ treasures still growing at Kilmacurragh, the Co Wicklow garden first planted by the Acton family and rescued from dereliction by the National Botanic Gardens. It’s also a destination warmly recommended in Wicklow Bound: A Seasonal Guide (Wordwell, €15), by Seán Ó Súilleabháin.
The enfolding contours of Ireland’s garden county drew him to live there a decade ago and, as a hillwalker and nature enthusiast, he has thoroughly attended to its wildlife, large and small. His month-by-month guide to places and things to see is enjoyably observed, with discursions from a knowledgeable, well-read life.
His December destinations have much to do with ancient stones and druidic light. They include a visit to Kilmacurragh to view the winter-solstice sunrise through an avenue of not-quite-ancient yews, or another to Glendalough to engage with St Kevin in the lonely moment when the sun dips behind Turlough Hill.
The broody but liberating heights of the Wicklows are among the hills celebrated in the vivid pages of The Mountains of Ireland (Collins Press, €30). The work of Gareth McCormack, already a widely published mountain photographer, this is the culmination of 20 years climbing up and jolting down the Irish peaks, humping heavy gear. Sometimes he bivouacked on a summit to catch the light of dawn or the slant of winter sun across snow. And sometimes it just rained.
No one has done it better, nor seems ever likely to, and McCormack paid an unjust price by developing a crippling arthritis in his knees.
The book serves him well, spreading some digital panoramas across both broad pages, flooding wild landscapes with colour and light. He finds some of the finest – and loneliest – in the Nephin range of north Mayo, Ireland’s first designated “wilderness area”, where the experience of Arctic tundra is conjured in the stillness of bog pools and the daunting scarp of hills beyond Ballycroy.
Michael Viney’s Reflections on Another Life, a selection of columns from the past four decades, is available from irishtimes.com/irishtimesbooks
... (Irish Times)Sep 28, 2016
James Edward "Jim" Raffin
Wendy Woodall and Ron of Kissimmee, FL, Cheryl Dixon and Steve of Granbury, Margaret Raffin of Phoenix, AZ, Carol Ames and Fred of Acton and Cathy Raffin of Glen Rose. Ten grandchildren: Elizabeth Stephens and Dee, Kimberly Dunnahoo and Ben and Patricia Davis, all of Stephenville. Emily Dixon of Fort Worth; Molly Dixon and Brenden Dixon of Granbury; Mixen Rubio-Raffin of Phoenix, AZ; Cody Ames of Granbury; Paige Tucker and CPL Adam USA of El Paso and ADAN Robert Germann USN of Lemoore, CA. Eight great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and too many “adopted” family members to count.
(The Glen Rose Reporter)Apr 28, 2016
Yucca: Plant of Many Uses | Commentary by Mari Carbajal
Quixote yucca and many other names that I won’t go into here. The species local to Santa Clarita Valley including Agua Dulce and Acton – and most of Southern California – is yucca whipplei.
Yucca is considered a “survival plant.” Why? Because of all of the resources this plant is able to provide. People throughout history have taken advantage of the yucca’s many uses, and we continue to use it today.
For hundreds of years, American Indians have utilized the yucca for everything imaginable – food, cordage, building materials, making shoes and sandals, rope, nets, making baskets, and using the leaves for soap, shampoo and food.
The young flowers are edible but can be bitter if not washed several times before consumption. The fruits can be eaten raw, and the dried seeds can be roasted and ground into flour. Yucca root is eaten like potato but contains far more starch.
Note: It is unclear to me which species of yucca root is edible. I’ve heard that some species of yucca can be eaten and some can’t, so make sure to ask experts, or research the various yucca plant species before eating any of the plant’s parts.
Besides food, the leaves can be treated and used to make cordage. This is always a fun “campground” activity or a great lesson for scouts and children of any age.
First, cut some of t... (SCVNEWS.com)Mar 11, 2016
Umbrella Community in Concord to present art of flowers
Each panelist will bring an original design to be raffled off at the end of the night.
Halloran, a Concord native and Acton resident, has owned Concord Flower Shop for 30 years. Sarno-McIlwrath is a Florists Transworld Delivery master designer and an advanced tropical designer. Heiligmann holds a master designers certification from FTD.
Tickets to all of The Umbrella's ArtTalks are $10 for the general public and $7 for resident artists. For information, visit theumbrellaarts.org or call 978-371-0820.
(Wicked Local)Feb 3, 2016
Hindu temple rises in Groton to meet growing community
About 300 worshippers have traveled from across town and from nearby Westford, Acton, Boxborough, Lowell, Shrewsbury, Lexington, and Nashua to attend the 8 p.m. service and community meal that follows — not an easy feat on a weekday evening for working parents and their children.
Mark Lorenz for The Boston Globe
Sharma made an offering of food during the Jan. 14 service in Chelmsford.
“It’s tough for me to make it happen,” says Dr. Makunda Dogiparthi, a dentist who lives in Nashua with her husband, a software engineer, and their two children. “We’re exhausted after a long day. . . . But we’re all committed to this. It’s planned, not a surprise for the family. Thursday, we are all going to the temple. Period. No excuses.”
Photos: Thursday at the temple
Almost 10 years ago, followers of the guru began meeting in a small rented space in Dracut. In 2010, after they outgrew that building, they moved to the current 7,000-square-foot sanctuary in Chelmsford. And at the end of 2016, the temple will move again, to occupy a 40,000-square-foot building under construction on Route 119 in Groton, near the Littleton town line.
Meanwhile, the number of Asian-Indian Americans moving to Massachusetts has burgeoned: According to the 2010 Census, the most recent data available, there were 77,177 Asian-Indian Americans living in Massachusetts, nearly half of them in Middlesex County. From 2000 to 2010, the state’s Asian-Indian American population increased by 76 percent, according to the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The Groton temple, being built on 13 of 28 acres purchased two years ago, potentially will be one of the largest and most visible Hindu temples in Massachusetts. The state’s Hindu temples lack a central organization, but according to some estimates there are nearly 30 Massachusetts templ...