Sunday, September 29, 2019

Visiting China--Shanghai Scenes

Pu River, Shanghai

Almost every tour of China goes to Shanghai. With 24 million people, it is China's largest city and #9 in the world. If you count only cities and not their suburbs, it is the biggest city in the world. It grew more than 10% each year over most of the last 20 years.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Some Changes at A Wandering Botanist

I recently started blogging for Mother Earth Living link 's Herbal Living section

Thus, I have a post there about feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium, (link) which would be appropriate here.

I am also migrating a few posts that appeared here to Mother Earth Living, especially older ones because older things get buried and forgotten. I will leave the titles up and put a link within the blog (see Rhubarb). The words are the same (well, I fixed a typo) and it looks nice in the new format.

I had not thought about how to make both sets of blogs equally easily found, especially since the Mother Earth Living blogs are as Kathy Keeler not A Wandering Botanist. Working on that.

 "So many plants, so little time." With 400,000 angiosperms, I cannot possible write about very many of them. I tried to set a pace here--one post a week--that was sustainable, and it has been, since Feb. 2013. I'll do less of something else in my life so I can go on blogging weekly even though I've added 1-2 posts a month for Herbal  Living. I get to write about more plants. How cool is that!

Blogs at Mother Earth Living to date:

Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium link - new
Rhubarb, Rheum Part 1 link - formerly on this blog October, 2017
Rhubarb, Rheum Part 2 link - formerly on this blog October, 2017

So many places, so little time

landscape, southern China
landscape, southern China
So many interesting historical stories, so little time
Stockalper Palace, Brig, Switzerland
Stockalper Palace, Brig, Switzerland, built mid 1600s
So many plant species, so little time
garden, northern Colorado
garden, northern Colorado
Comments and corrections welcome. 

Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Plant Story--Big bluestem, Andropogon gerardii, Very Successful

big bluestem, Andropogon gerardii in a prairie preserve
Big bluestem in a Kansas tallgrass prairie
Big bluestem, Andropogon gerardii (grass family Poaceae), was once the most common plant across the whole center of the United States because it was the dominant grass of the tallgrass prairie. Alas, that same region grows wonderful corn, so the tallgrass prairie is 99% gone, and big bluestem is no longer very common.

It remains an important forage grass. The new shoots are very nutritious and very attractive to cattle. Where cattle have enough space, big bluestem does well. If the pasture is small, they preferentially graze it until none is left. Range mangers try to maintain big bluestem or reseed with it.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Denver Area--Spectacular Native Plants

The Garden Bloggers Fling, a conference of people who blog about gardens, was in Denver in June 2019. What do garden bloggers do at a conference? Look at gardens! The Denver area is hot in summer, cold in winter, and dry all the time. Most standard East Coast garden plants do not do well, unless protected and watered. Plants native to the region do not need the same care. Here is a gallery of beautiful natives I saw in gardens in northern Colorado during the Fling.

blanket flower, Gaillardia
blanket flower, Gaillardia

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Garden Bloggers Fling 2019--Loveland and Fort Collins

High Plains Environmental Center, Loveland, CO
Garden Bloggers take lots of pictures. These of plantings of Colorado
native plants at High Plains Environmental Center in Loveland
The Garden Bloggers Fling is an conference of garden bloggers. Each year they gather to visit gardens. I went in 2017 and this year, when the conference was in greater Denver,  June 13-16, 2019. My summer has been so busy I haven't written about it.