So I was watching Deutsche Welle http://www.dw.de/dw/0,,3232,00.html and they had a story on Belgium and the Begonia carpet…
Seems that every even year, the folks in Belgium make a carpet out of Begonias in a major square.
OK, so why mention this? Something that was said in the broadcast (but is not in the shorter online version of DW Journal) and where I could not find any other reference in some fair amount of “web-foo” searching.
The story is a “fluff piece” about the Belgium Flower Carpet; yet said that this year there had been a shortage of Begonias from which to make it due to “a shortage of sunshine” in Belgium….
I’d love to give more information and have a pointer to confirmation; but it is all just ‘dead air’ at this point. Still, it was broadcast and DW is usually pretty good about having some factual basis for things (even if left-leaning in their ‘spin’ applied to the facts).
It would be a wonderful bit of “natural evidence” that things are responding to a cooling quiet sun… if only there WERE some evidence. (I’m SURE I heard it right…)
So if anyone knows where to get confirmation of flower type substitution or a looming “Begonia shortage” in Belgium: I’d love to have a pointer. Until then, you will just have to trust that I heard DW correctly and that they did in fact report the story correctly.