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July 15 (UPI) -- China says local authorities have detained a Canadian citizen on drug-related charges. Beijing's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday at a regular press briefing the arrest was part of a crackdown on a group of "foreign students" in Yantai, a port city in Shandong Province, Xinhua news agency reported. Geng said, according to the report. The spokesman added relevant embassies have been informed and embassy staff have rights to visit the detainees. The arrest is independent of the capture of 19 people, including 16 foreigners, for drug-related charges in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. The Canadian citizen being held in Shandong Province has not been identified, but the arrest comes a few months after Beijing detained former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. Spavor helped NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman gain access to North Korea. The arrests are widely regarded as Chinese retaliation for Canada's decision to arrest Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, at the request of U.S. Canada arrested Meng, the daughter of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei, on charges of evading U.S. Qiu and her husband were removed from Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. She helped develop ZMapp, a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, according to Chinese network CGTN.
This is a relatively new variety and it is a great performer. It grows vigorously and puts out an amazing variety of colour as the leaves age. They start out a salmon pink, with a purplish pink underleaf. Over time they turn, first a caramel colour and then a greenish yellow. All of these colours co-exist. In the Pacific Northwest it likes to be in a container and is a great foil for hostas. I was given this beautiful pink clematis by a friend and planted it near the fence on the east side of the yard. I have always admired the exuberant abundance of clematis. It survived and thrived in that spot - a little too much! Within two years it was a monster plant that was grasping onto every nearby plant, climbing over the fence and onto the roof of the neighbours carport. It was out of control!
I pared it back for a couple of years but it would only come back hardier the next. It is beautiful in May, with masses of pink flowers cascading along the eastern border of out property. But it was too vigorous and was overtaking the smoke bush and a nearby rhododendron, so I choose a drastic measure. I cut it back to the ground. I think I can keep it under control by doing the same every year - cutting it back to the ground. Anyway, I still like the flowers - if it could only learn to contain itself. In our garden, I had planted the Ligularia Stenocephela "The Rocket" under our Tai Haku cherry tree. This is a great plant with deeply notched leaves and in the summer, tall spikes of yellow flowers on a black stem. It looks like a rocket climbing into the sky. It did not thrive under the cherry tree - not enough sun and the slugs ate it as fast as it came out of the ground.
I then moved it to a very open spot which got pretty much full sun all day. There it wilted under the heat and likewise was not happy. Finally I moved it into a north facing bed that gets early morning sun. That was the ticket! It has thrived there and is now healthy, despite the aphids which love it. From time to time I need to spray the flower stems with a hose to knock off the aphids which will gather there in profusion. It did so well there that I also planted the spectacular Ligularia Dentata right beside it. They now anchor the best bed in my garden! I bought this plant because of the gorgeous, large, glossy, purple leaves which gives it the moniker 'Elephant Ears'. I planted it beside the Ligularia Stenocephala "The Rocket" since I that variety was thriving in the northeast facing bed. It gets the cool morning sun for a couple of hours and baths luxuriantly in the shade the rest of the day.