Happy New Year!
I had great fun publishing plant jokes last in the New Year post last year, so here are some more:
1) Why couldn't the gardener grow any flowers?
He hadn't botany.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Plant Story--Amaryllis, well, actually Hippeastrum
Amaryllis, the big bulbs that are often given as holiday gifts because the flowers that emerge are so glorious, are in the genus Hippeastrum not the genus Amaryllis. The naked ladies that bloomed in the garden in August, those were Amaryllis.
|Scientific name Hippaecastrum, common name amaryllis|
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Flowers of the Colorado Winter
|pansies, December 16|
Plants are flowering.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Wildflowers: Weeds in Northwestern Argentina
The rainfall in Salta Province, Argentina, ranges from nearly 30" a year to 17 or less, almost all during the hot summer months. The countryside, though beautiful, can be rather inhospitable to plants.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Plant Story--The Majestic Cottonwood
The summer sun beats down, no breath of wind stirs the hot, hot air. You sweat even in the shade of the cottonwood. And,
Cottonwood leaves are almost always in motion, no matter how still the air.
The tribes of the northern plains revered the cottonwood--big, sturdy trees found in diverse locations, often indicating water. The rustling leaves reinforced the mystic nature of the tree because winds were the path of the Higher Powers and cottonwoods always have those inexplicable little winds moving their leaves. Check for yourself.
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