UK National Tree Week: Grafting

Grafting is a technique commonly used in horticulture, forestry, agriculture, and crop sciences to asexually propagate plants. This works by physically carving a section of plant tissue out of one plant, and inserting it onto another. Inosculation (the joining of vascular tissue) will occur after a few weeks provided that each half are kept alive and vascular cambium in contact. During inosculation, the grafting scar is typically tied up with rubber, or tape to maintain cambium contact. 

So why do we do this?
Through extensive progeny testing, plant families that exhibit the best genetic phenotype for desired traits (straightness, big fruits, fast growing) are selected and bred. Genetic gains can be large for particular traits, but grafting offers breeders more control, as they can pair desired aboveground traits, with the best root stocks. The “stock” is typically a plant selected for robust roots, while the “scion” is the plant selected for the desired traits (straightness, big fruits, fast growing, etc.). 

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Last Autumn, I potted up all of the quince seedlings I had leftover, four to a pot: they all seem to have survived winter on the patio.

Seeing as I am already in the process of making a “living fence” with this species, I am thinking that these extra plants are all excellent candidates for experimenting with making Axel-Erlandson-esquehusband and wife trees,” and other living sculptures.

anonymous asked:

hey do you know of any fics being similar to inosculation by rianne? i just read it and loved it. Thanks a ton and please excuse my English as it's my second language :)

You mean this story:

Inosculation By: DragonAndPhoenixForNaNo - Rated: T - 19 Chapters (complete ) - When circumstances force Hermione to put her fate in the hands of Draco Malfoy, she doesn’t think any good will come of it. Only time will tell whether she’s right… HG/DM. EWE. 

According to the Author’s notes, it’s an arranged marriage between Dramione.

Our marriage law/arranged marriage fics can be found here.

Please let us know YOUR recs for this theme, folks! Would love to hear which marriage law/arranged marriage fics you liked/didn’t like and why (please be kind in any con-crit, remember).


Edit: I think rianne was the beta for this fic. Anon prob got a little confused, happens to the best of us :)

- Lisa


“I have a present for you,” Malfoy said.

“Oh,” Hermione said. “Should I have got you something as well?”

He shook his head. “Certainly not. Family tradition has ruled in your favour. On anniversaries, the husband provides the gift, and it’s always jewellery. I hope you don’t mind, because if you do, I’m afraid it’ll be rather a recurrent problem.”

She chuckled and shook her head. “I don’t mind.”

He produced a small box, green with a silver bow. “Always the green,” she pointed out, only to wonder if that had been too close to a Slytherin jab - that would be against the rules.

Malfoy didn’t seem to mind, though; he simply gestured toward the present. She removed the wrapping paper and opened the box. Inside was a silver chain, from which hung a blue crystal in the shape of a water droplet.

“It’s beautiful,” Hermione said. It really was - the colour was just to her liking, and the pendant was neither too large nor too small. For a moment she simply sat and admired it. Then she took off the necklace she was wearing and replaced it with the new one. When she looked back at her husband, she found him smiling, something she’d only seen a few times before. “Thank you,” she said earnestly.

“You’re welcome,” he said.

She got up, one hand still tracing the blue stone around her neck. “I’ll see you in the library,” she said. He nodded, and she took that as a sign that it was indeed time for her to leave. When she turned back in the doorway, he was no longer looking at her, but he was still smiling.

- Inosculation, Chapter 6, by DragonAndPhoenixForNaNo

A fic where Draco and Hermione decide to get married because of their circumstances and, eventually, find love.

A couple of oddities from an old magnolia tree: Maybe it’s hard to see, but in the top photo, a branch grows from one branch right into another! In the second, two branches part and then grow back together. 

It’s possible that these are natural (inosculation), or that someone grafted them. 

I replied to this post but it hasn’t been updated so sending this just in case!!

The first one I immediately thought of was Picture Retribution by Eirawen, but I think A Year and A Day by Mistrus might also fit? Because the fic mentions in the ask is like a marriage law fic but does not actually involve a marriage-law if you get what I mean hahaha

Edit: Thanks for sending it in, if you didn’t we would not have known! :)

inosculate |inˈäskyəˌlāt|

verb [ intrans. ] formal

join by intertwining or fitting closely together.


inosculation |inˌäskyəˈlā sh ən| noun

ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from in- 2 [into] + Latin osculare ‘provide with a mouth or outlet’ (from osculum, diminutive of os ‘mouth’ ), on the pattern of Greek anastomoun, in the same sense.

New Story: Fanfic Friday -- Star Trek Voyager: Inosculation!

So, we all have our guilty little pleasures, right? Sometimes we get stumped on our stories and we just need to write something and, well, we’ve all had that one television show we binge-watched on Netflix that had a few minor characters on it that we wished got more screen time and development because they were interesting. That’s why sites like An Archive of Our Own and exist (and why I have accounts there). At any rate, without further ado — announcing a new story for all my fellow Trekkies out there: Inosculation. Set in the Star Trek Voyager universe, it introduces a few new faces and gives some other faces more air time and development because G.K. loves Star Trek, Voyager had potential but got railroaded and shafted, and… well, yeah, okay, Vorik deserved better than what was done to him and the actor that portrayed him did as well. Same with Mortimer Harren and several others who only showed up once or when there was a blue moon.

So, go on and get your read on!

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— G.K.

New Story: Fanfic Friday — Star Trek Voyager: Inosculation! was originally published on Warden’s Keep

anonymous asked:

Favorite fics where Hermione is sick?

Hi, here are mine:

Inosculation By: DragonAndPhoenixForNaNo - T, 19 Chapters - When circumstances force Hermione to put her fate in the hands of Draco Malfoy, she doesn’t think any good will come of it. Only time will tell whether she’s right… HG/DM. EWE.

A Walk in the Park by: xfsista - R, one-shot - Ten years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Draco Malfoy is a brilliant young healer working at St. Mungo’s. He stumbles upon a long-term patient and decides to take it upon himself to cure her.

- Jamie