Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving in years that we did not go and tour the conservatory at Longwood Gardens. So, here are some garden videos in case anyone else is missing a garden. I’m starting with Longwood, where Associate Director of Display Design Jim Sutton tours the Chrysanthemum Festival, which traditionally opens in October and runs through mid-November. Then (below the jump), from Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, we’ve got Pocket Gardens Surprise: A Bit of England. After that, in case you’re still hungry after yesterday’s feasting, we have Paul Blackmore, the Fuqua Conservatory Manager at Atlanta Botanical Garden, talking about cacao trees. (That last video was posted during their “Chocolate Covered Weekend” back in September, and you can find a few recipes & whatnot at their YouTube channel.
Happy Black Friday / Buy Nothing Day! (It’s also Native American Heritage Day, and here are 3 birthdays for you: James Agee, Jimi Hendrix, Bill Nye.) Our community project for today: pick your Black Friday poison…wear the last fragrance you bought, wear a cheap thrill, or wear a fragrance you love but refuse to buy in a full size because it’s too expensive.
What fragrance did you pick? As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you’re not participating in the community project.
I’m wearing the last fragrance I bought, Maya Njie Vanilj…
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating today!
Whether you’re celebrating or not, feel free to talk about anything you like: what fragrance you’re wearing today, what perfume you’re especially thankful for, what you’re going to cook or eat today…whatever you like, so long as it doesn’t conflict with our comment policy…
Hump Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Birthdays: Joe DiMaggio, Percy Sledge. What fragrance are you wearing?
It seems like ages since I’ve worn today’s scent, Hermès Vetiver Tonka.
Reminder: on 11/27, pick your Black Friday poison…
Test rats increased their own helping behavior when they were presented with the smell of a helpful rat. Remarkably, this holds true even though they did not experience this helpful behavior themselves. Furthermore, such a 'smell of cooperation' depends on the actual activity of helping and is not connected to an individual rat.
— Dr. Nina Gerber of the University of Göttingen on the results of her research on rat behavior; read more in Research team finds effect of odor on helpfulness in rats at Phys.org.