A tasty addition for any herb garden that grows so easily. These plants are starting to flower, so I will make sure to capture the seed and put it back into the container in order to grow an entire new set for future meals.
Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other dishes. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.– Wikipedia
The British Library has joined the Flickr Commons, a huge collection of historical photos and drawings from around the world. Even better these photos are drawing are free to use in your online and offline projects.
After a quick search, I came across this charming graphic from A Child’s Garden of Verses … Second edition by Robert Louis Stevenson. You can find artwork like this by visiting the The British Library on Flickr or the overall Flickr Commons. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find there.
I have always loved Brugmansia — with its almost alien looks and exuberant blooms. I typical see the standard, yellow variety here in Southern California, but I love both the shape of these flowers and their orange color — almost as if each blossom had been dipped in paint — or blood, as the name references (Sanguinea in Latin translates to blood)
Looking over the number of times I have posted Brugmansia pictures to my web site, I guess I really do have an affinity for them. You can find my photos a little further down in this post.
Brugmansia sanguinea, the red Angel’s Trumpet, is a South American species of flowering plants that grow as shrubs or small trees.
Brugmansia sanguinea is a small tree reaching up to 10 m (33 ft) in height. The nodding, tube-shaped flowers come in colors of brilliant red, yellow, orange, or green.– Wikipedia
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Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel’s trumpets, a name sometimes used for the closely related genus Datura. Brugmansia are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous, not erect, flowers, that have no spines on their fruit. Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect (not pendulous) flowers, and most have spines on their fruit. — Wikipedia
While my wife was working on a project with a friend, I decided to walk around their neighborhood to see what I could see. Here are the photos that resulted. I have a couple of unidentified items that I could use your help with, though. Here are those photos and a link to a slide show of the complete collection of photos from the walk.
Can you identify either of these two plants? Please leave a comment!
Fungi make up a huge part of the plant kingdom, but often we don’t even notice them. These fungi popped up in my garden a few years ago, probably digesting old tree roots or something similar.
A fungus (/ˈfʌŋɡəs/; plural: fungi or funguses) is a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds (British English: moulds), as well as the more familiar mushrooms. These organisms are classified as a kingdom, Fungi, which is separate from plants, animals, protists and bacteria. One major difference is that fungal cells have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike the cell walls of plants and some protists, which contain cellulose, and unlike the cell walls of bacteria. These and other differences show that the fungi form a single group of related organisms, named the Eumycota (true fungi or Eumycetes), that share a common ancestor (is amonophyletic group). This fungal group is distinct from the structurally similar myxomycetes (slime molds) and oomycetes (water molds). The discipline of biology devoted to the study of fungi is known as mycology (from the Greekμύκης, mukēs, meaning “fungus”). Mycology has often been regarded as a branch of botany, even though it is a separate kingdom in biological taxonomy. Genetic studies have shown that fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants.
Mimulus pictus is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name calico monkeyflower. It is endemic to central California, where it is known only from the southernmost Sierra Nevada and adjacent Tehachapi Mountains in Tulare and Kern Counties. It grows in forest and woodland habitat, in open, bare, rocky, and often disturbed areas. This is an annual herb growing in a small patch at ground level or erect to a maximum height of about 38 centimeters. The stem is hairy and rectangular in cross-section. The oppositely arranged leaves are somewhat oval in shape and up to 4.5 centimeters long. The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a dark reddish calyx of sepals with uneven lobes. The five-lobed flower has a maroon throat and the circular face is white with stark maroon veining. – Wikipedia.org
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Most of the species are annuals or herbaceousperennials, but a few species are subshrubs with woody stems; these are treated in the section Diplacus. Diplacus is clearly derived from within Mimulus s.l. and was not usually considered to be generically distinct. Hence, it would not be treated as a genus separate from Mimulus now, though it might become a section of a yet-to-be defined split from Mimulus s.str.. A large number of the species grow in moist to wet soils with some growing even in shallow water. Some species produce copious amounts of aromatic compounds, giving them a musky odor (hence “musk-flowers”).
Mimulus are called monkey-flowers because some species have flowers shaped like a monkey’s face. The generic name, Latin mimus meaning “mimic actor”, from the Greek mimos meaning “imitator” also references this. The stem of a few species of Mimulus can be either smooth or hairy, and this trait is determined by a simple allelic difference.[verification needed] At least M. lewisii is known to possess “flypaper-type” traps and is apparently protocarnivorous, supplementing itsnutrients with small insects. — Wikipedia
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