The Majesty Oak of the Fredville Estate Park in Kent, England, believed to be 500 to 600 years old.
Friday, May 30, 2014
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
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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
Monday, September 16, 2013
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
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, July 6, 2013
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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.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
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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.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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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.
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.