Master Gardener: Good wasps exist and can help your garden | Garden & Landscape

When the eggs hatch, they begin to feed on the tomato hornworm internally. Once mature, the larvae chew their way out of the hornworm, spin a small cocoon and pupate. When the adult wasps emerge from their cocoons, the hornworm dies.

So if you see a tomato hornworm covered in small white cocoons, just leave it because it is hosting a new batch of parasitoids that can help rid your future garden of hornworms in about the most nature-friendly way we have. And I think most gardeners would call that a good thing.

Paper wasps are ones that most of us are probably familiar with, as they build those paper-like umbrella-shaped nests you have probably seen under the eaves of your homes or any number of other places. While they can sting if disturbed, they are mainly out there looking for food for themselves and their young. These wasps can be yellow, black, brown and red, depending on the species, and are usually ¾ to 1 inch in length. Their nests are constructed of chewed up wood and plants mixed with saliva.

New wasp colonies begin in the spring when a female leaves her hibernation site to build a nest. Most nests begin with a solitary female, but others join her to help build the nest and care for their young. The colony usually reaches its maximum size in late summer or early fall with 20 to 75 adults with nests that can vary from 3 inches to 10 inches in diameter. In the fall, the wasps seek mating partners. The males die off, and the females begin looking for a site to overwinter. The cycle begins again in the spring.

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Report highlights impacts of changing climate on B.C. Interior forests landscape



a tree in a forest: The Interior Douglas Fir biogeoclimatic zone is characterized by tall mature Douglas fir trees and a grassy understory conducive to mule deer. It's also vulnerable to climate change, which makes its reforestation a particular challenge, a new B.C. Forest Practices Board investigation has shown.


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The Interior Douglas Fir biogeoclimatic zone is characterized by tall mature Douglas fir trees and a grassy understory conducive to mule deer. It’s also vulnerable to climate change, which makes its reforestation a particular challenge, a new B.C. Forest Practices Board investigation has shown.

The dry Douglas fir forests of B.C.’s Interior offer a stark illustration of how climate change is going to alter the province’s landscape, as well as the forest sector’s shortcomings in looking after the woods, according to new research by the B.C. Forest Practices Board.

Technically, the region is referred to as the Interior Douglas Fir (IDF) biogeoclimatic zone, an area of dry forest and grassy understory that covers a swath of the Interior that stretches from the Kootenays and the Okanagan up into the Cariboo plateau.

It covers five per cent of the province now, but shifting climatic conditions are expected to nearly double it in size over the next 60 years. However, research by the forest practices board has shown that the forestry industry is doing a mediocre job of managing the area for the future.

Timber companies relied too much on clearcutting and didn’t do enough selective harvesting that leaves a varied age structure of trees behind that mimics natural disturbances, which leave shade to help new trees in the IDF to regenerate. That is important because lumber producers running out of usable trees in areas ravaged by the mountain pine beetle are increasingly looking to the IDF as another source of timber.

“(The region) is not insignificant,” said board spokeswoman Darlene Oman, “(and) the board thought the results are important because they have implications for the longer-term timber supply. If the province is expecting these areas to produce a future crop of trees and they’re not necessarily growing back the way they think they are, that has timber-supply implications, and then it also has implications for wildlife habitat.”

In its investigation, and report on the IDF , the board found that timber firms were meeting replanting objectives and doing a good job of increasing the diversity of tree species that were replanted — getting away from lodgepole-pine monoculture — but weren’t always applying best-management practices.

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Investigators looked at harvested cut blocks in four different areas that were logged between 2007 and 2017, and found that 60 per cent of them, 44-of-69 sites, were in poor or marginal condition and unlikely to be healthy forests once they reach free-growing status.

“These sites may not grow to healthy forests in the long-term, and that has implications for future timber supply and other values, such as wildlife habitat,” said forest practices board chairman Kevin Kriese in releasing the report.

Kriese said the board is asking the province to reassess its long-term objectives for reforestation and update those along with the standards it expects timber companies to meet, in light of expected changes due to climate change.

In its conclusions, the forest practices board requests that government respond to the

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How Tribeca’s first resident landscape designer creates outdoor space

  • Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is increased demand for outdoor living. 
  • Developers at 30 Warren Tribeca brought on a resident landscape architect to satiate residents’ desire for outdoor living in the city. 
  • Todd Haiman, the resident landscape architect, says he’s never been busier. 
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Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is the demand for outdoor living. 

And some spaces are taking an extra step to attract residents. 

This is the case at 30 Warren Tribeca, where the new luxury condominium site’s developers, Cape Advisors, have brought on veteran landscape designer Todd Haiman as its resident landscape designer, to provide residents with exclusive in-home services, fit for New Yorkers who aren’t ready to escape the city just yet.

Cape Advisors and Haiman say the role is the first of its kind: To advise residents on how to transform their terraces and balconies into “garden oases.” Haiman and his and his team provide customized design consultations and ongoing maintenance services for private terraces and outdoor spaces, services that are part of the development’s Tribeca Select program, which provides residents with access to a collection of the neighborhood’s best establishments.

“Residents can call on me to provide direction on how to make the most of their outdoor space, analyzing it from an architectural, aesthetic, functional, and sustainable perspective,” he said of his new role. “I am available to consult with property owners, offer design proposals, execute approved designs, and manage these gardens for the residents.” 

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30 Warren Tribeca.

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The partnership comes as “New Yorkers with terraces, roof gardens, townhouse gardens are valuing their outdoor spaces and gardens significantly greater than ever before,” according to Haiman, who told Business Insider that residents really want to “bring nature in.”

And though the pandemic has induced in many a need to escape city-living, some are embracing a new look for apartment living in the pandemic and post-pandemic age. 

“Urban dwellers are comprehending their need to be in nature, their inherent psychological and emotional ties to the garden, their desire for an urban oasis. The pandemic has intensified that desire.” He said the demand for oases is soaring: “My iPhone won’t stop ringing!”

Haiman said he’s glad Cape Advisors had the “forethought to prioritize the emotional appeal and functionality of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”

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A penthouse terrace at 30 Warren.

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Haiman said he gets “great satisfaction creating a sensory and experiential space — as simple as placing a scented plant just outside of a door such that the plants oils are released as people brush past it, perfuming the air, stimulating olfactory senses.”

Urban landscape design is really about improving a client’s quality of life, according to Haiman, who was born in Brooklyn, received a Master’s in Landscape Design from Columbia University, and said he’s lived in Lower Manhattan for the last 25 years. 

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Bathroom Accessories Market and Competitive Landscape & Pandemic Recovery Analysis 2020 – Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This report provides comprehensive insights into the bathroom accessories market by geography (APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America) and distribution channel (offline and online), market valuations and forecasts, and the competitive landscape globally.

The research is classified into seven sections – bathroom accessories market landscape, market sizing, five force analysis, customer landscape, geographic landscape, drivers, challenges, and trends, and vendor landscape and analysis.

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Research Scope:

  • Bathroom Accessories Vendors: Identify key vendors of bathroom accessories market, including company-revenue, market presence, influence-index, vendor-classification, and market positioning.
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Bathroom Accessories Market and Competitive Landscape & Pandemic Recovery Analysis 2020

This report provides comprehensive insights into the bathroom accessories market by geography (APAC, Europe, MEA, North America, and South America) and distribution channel (offline and online), market valuations and forecasts, and the competitive landscape globally.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Bathroom Accessories Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The research is classified into seven sections – bathroom accessories market landscape, market sizing, five force analysis, customer landscape, geographic landscape, drivers, challenges, and trends, and vendor landscape and analysis.

Technavio suggests three forecast scenarios (optimistic, probable, and pessimistic) considering the impact of COVID-19. Download Free Sample Report on COVID-19 Recovery Analysis

Research Scope:

  • Bathroom Accessories Vendors: Identify key vendors of bathroom accessories market, including company-revenue, market presence, influence-index, vendor-classification, and market positioning.
  • Bathroom Accessories Drivers, Trends, and Challenges: Find out detailed information and accurate predictions on factors, upcoming trends, and changes in consumer behavior.
  • Bathroom Accessories Region Growth: Find out the highest and slowest growth of regions for bathroom accessories market.
  • Bathroom Accessories Market Valuations: Find out the global market size for bathroom accessories in 2019 and how the market will advance from 2020 to 2024.
  • Bathroom Accessories Market Share: Find out the global market shares for key bathroom accessories distribution channels.

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The research helps executives to

  • Support monitoring and reporting global bathroom accessories market analysis and sales trends.
  • Track competitor sales and market share in the global bathroom accessories market.
  • Track competitive developments in bathroom accessories market and present key issues and learnings.
  • Synthesize insights for bathroom accessories market and products to drive business performance.
  • Answer key business questions about the bathroom accessories market.
  • Evaluate commercial market opportunity assessment, positioning, and segmentation for bathroom accessories distribution channels.
  • Supports decision-making in R&D and long term marketing strategies.

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  • Bathroom Accessories Vendors
  • Global Bathroom Accessories Market by Distribution Channel
  • Global Bathroom Accessories Market by Geography
  • Global Bathroom Accessories Market Size and Forecast
  • Global Bathroom Accessories Market Competitive Landscape
  • Methodology

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Technavio is a leading global technology research and advisory company. Their research and analysis focuses on emerging market trends and provides actionable insights to help businesses identify market opportunities and develop effective strategies to optimize their market positions. With over 500 specialized analysts, Technavio’s report library consists of more than 17,000 reports and counting, covering 800 technologies, spanning across 50 countries. Their client base consists of enterprises of all sizes, including more than 100 Fortune 500 companies. This growing client base relies on Technavio’s comprehensive coverage, extensive research, and actionable market insights to identify opportunities in existing and potential markets and assess their competitive positions within changing market scenarios.

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Go to garden centers now for deals to freshen your landscape

The second week of September is a good time to visit nurseries and garden centers for new plants to freshen the landscape.

Look for Japanese maples that show off fall foliage, shrubs such as cotoneaster with bright winter berries, and oak leaf hydrangeas that offer flowers plus foliage that glows in the autumn sun.

Your soil is likely still be dry from the summer weather so make sure you water any newly planted shrubs until the winter rains begin.

Q. OK, it looks like I will be stuck at home all winter until this coronavirus thing ends. My new idea for survival is to plant a winter garden with shrubs and plants that look good during the coming dark months. I already have forsythia in one corner of the yard but what should I plant behind and in front of forsythia to extend the bloom season? I may add a bird feeder as well. — J., email

A. I am just waiting for our governor to pass a new law: Everyone must plant more hellebores, crocus and mini daffodils this fall to make “staying home” more tolerable. We could call it the Corona Color Bonus.

There is also a cold tolerant rhododendron called ‘PJM’ that will flower as early as the forsythia and winterberry holly with red fruit that feeds the birds. For vivid red or gold stems in a winter garden, check out the Cornus stolonifera or red and yellow twig dogwood. The more compact Cornus ‘Arctic Fire’ dogwood is a 4-foot shrub that is shade and deer tolerant and survives even in wet soils.

You can use an evergreen with a tall and dramatic form in the back of your winter garden corner. The upright Japanese holly ‘Patti O” or the narrow growing Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ won’t take up much space but the columnar form adds an exclamation point to the winter garden.

Most important of all is to use the dormant season to grow fresh ideas for your landscape. Start a new idea notebook, listen to Zoom lectures and remind yourself that winter and quarantines are temporary.

Q. What is the secret to making cut hydrangea blooms last? I live in Enumclaw and see that you have dried hydrangeas on your gate. I have tried to dry hydrangeas earlier in the summer but mine just wilt a day or two after I cut them. — A.C., Enumclaw

A. It is all about maturity when it comes to handling tough times and a cut hydrangea needs to be mature enough to no longer have a drinking problem. Feel the petals before you cut the blooms. They should be dry and feel like paper. The oldest blooms on the shrub will be the best for drying.

Once cut, remove all the leaves on the stem. Then place in a vase with one inch of water that you allow to evaporate, or if you have a cool, dark shed or garage, hang the cut blooms upside down to dry. As

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