Monday, March 9, 2015

The Majesty Oak

The Majesty Oak of the Fredville Estate Park in Kent, England, believed to be 500 to 600 years old.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Angel Oak Tree

Angel Oak Tree in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, Southern Carolina - photographer unknown

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Wisteria (Wistaria, Wysteria, Glyzinie) is a decorative flowering and climbing plant which can climb any available support as high as 20 m above the ground. 

Wisteria at Nymans Gardens, west Sussex, England - photography by Graham Bould, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Ranunculus (buttercups, spearworts, water crowfoots, lesser celandine)

They are mostly herbaceous perennials with bright yellow or white flowers (if white, still with a yellow centre); some areannuals or biennials. A few species have orange or red flowers. The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for "little frog," from rana "frog" and a diminutive ending. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs.The name buttercup may derive from a false belief that the plants give butter its characteristic yellow hue (in fact it is poisonous to cows and other livestock). A popular children's game involves holding a buttercup up to the chin; a yellow reflection is supposed to indicate fondness for butter.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Flowering Lime Tree

Flowering Lime Tree (Tilia, Linden, Basswood Tree) - Château de Rolle, Lac Leman, Switzerland in June

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Clematis - illustration by Jan Voerman Jr.(Dutch, 1890-1970) - Watercolor on paper

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Incorporated Bike

January 2012 - A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike. Incredible that this bike has been there for 98 years now!
photography by Todd Bates on Flickr

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rhus typina flower

Rhus typina (stughorn sumac, Essigbaum)
The red flower of the shrub is about 18 cm long.

Rhus typina

Rhus typhina (stughorn sumac, Essigbaum)
Flowering shrub grows up to 5 m tall. 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ginkgo Leaves

Ginkgo Trees Stand Test of Time
“Living fossil” is an informal term used by biologists to describe species that lack living relatives.  While you might not personally think being called a fossil is a compliment, these organisms are actually quite impressive survivors.  The Ginkgo biloba tree, for example, is strange and unique amongst contemporary plants but incredibly similar to fossils dating back to the Permian, almost 270 million years! This means that even though every single other lineage of the Ginkgo’s relatives changed and adapted beyond recognition or died out, there are still Ginkgo trees growing today that would be indistinguishable from trees from hundreds of millions of years ago. If that fails to impress you, consider this: in Hiroshima, Japan there are still a handful of Ginkgo trees that survived the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945 living to the present day! If these hardy trees can withstand a disturbance of an A-bomb’s magnitude, it is no wonder they have managed to remain viable when so many other ancient plants could not.
Guest post written by Reggie Henke

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Allium is a genus of flowering plants, informally referred to as the onion genus. The genus contains hundreds of distinct species, and the latin word allium means garlic.


Some Allium species are used in gardens for their ornamental flowers like the one on the picture. Several hybrids with rich purple flowers have been bred. Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation' is one of the most popular and has been given an Award of Garden Merit by the British Royal Horticultural Society.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Favolaschia calocera - orange pore fungus - photography by myxonz on Flickr

A fungus thought to be native to Madagascar. It is meanwhile an invasive species in New Zealand and also can be found in Australia and Italy.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Soligado canadensis - Goldenrod - Canadian Goldenrod

The flowering plant prefers sunny spots and avoids shadowy places. It belongs to the family Asteraceae and is found in the meadows and pastures, along roads, ditches and waste areas. Goldenrod and members of the family is native to North America and have become invasive species in other parts of the world including Europe and China where they have been brought as garden plants. Nowadays you can see them frequently along roads and motorways in Germany and Scandinavia. The plant is an attractive source for nectar for bees, flies, wasps, and butterflies.

Soligado canadensis - Goldenrod - Canadian Goldenrod
Soligado canadensis - Goldenrod - Canadian Goldenrod

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Oak tree on the banks of Klarälven river in Karlsstad, Sweden

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Meconopsis horridula (prickly blue poppy)  - photography by Yang Xiao The Red Rock Trek & Expedition Co Ltd

The flowering plant from the Papaveracae family is an endangered species which grows in high altitudes. It is the national flower of Bhutan.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Aristolochia macrophylla (birthworts, pipevines, Dutchman's pipes) in Rottneros Park, Sweden
Aristolochia macrophylla is a deciduous (losing leaves in winter) climbing woody vine plant with large, heart-shaped leaves and flowers resembling a pipe, the reason why the plant is also called Durchman's pipe like many other and different plants with pipe-like flowers. 
Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia baetica) - photography by Carsten Niehaus on Wikipedia Commons
Dutchman's Pipe is a common name for plants which have flowers resembling a pipe.
Aristolochia macrophylla (birthworts, pipevines, Dutchman's pipes) in Mariestad, Sweden
Aristolochia macrophylla (birthworts, pipevines, Dutchman's pipes) in Gävle, Sweden

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lycoperdon perlatum (puffball, warted puffball, gem-studded puffball, devil's snuff box) - by Astrid Photography

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Phellodon sinclairii - photography by myxonz on Flickr

Native fungus found in the beech forests of New Zealand.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Victoria amazonica

The tropical plant has very large floating leaves up to 3 meters in diameter and it is native to the shallow waters of the Amazon river basin. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Looking-glass tree (Heritiera littoralis, looking-glass mangrove) - Yanbaru jungle on Okinawa main island, Japan -  photography by ippei + janine on Flickr

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sedum morganianum (Donkey Tail, Burro's Tail) - photography by Kalaveras KT

Succulent plant native to Mexico and Honduras is a popular houseplant.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tobacco plant (Nicotiana)

Native to Americas, Australia, south west Africa and the South Pacific, tobacco has already long been used in the Americas when the European settlers arrived and introduced the practice of smoking to Europe. The nicotiana was named in honor of Jean Nicot, French ambassador to Portugal, who in 1559 sent it as a medicine to the court of Catherine de Medici.
Tobacco plant flowers (Nicotiana)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)

Flowering plant native to the western Mediterranean, primarily the Pyrennees and other mountains in northern Spain.

The flowers and leaves of lavender are used as an herbal medicine, either in the form of lavender oil or as an herbal tea. The flowers are also used as a culinary herb, most often as part of the French herb blend called herbes de Provence. 

Lavender essential oil, when diluted with a carrier oil, is commonly used as a relaxant with massage therapy. Products for home use, such as lotions, eye pillows and bath oils are also used. Both the petals and the oil are most popular ingredients in handmade soap.

Dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil are also used as a prevention against clothing moths, which do not like their scent.