Why do my Paperwhites stink?

Among the rare plants flowering in the middle of winter in papi Jo’s garden, a white narcissus plays the starring role. It is the narcissus Narcissus Tazetta ‘Paperwhite Ziva’, also called Narcissus papyraceus ‘Ziva’ (Tazetta Daffodil). It is original with its lengthy name, not only that. Indeed, the world of…

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The memory of plants – 2

Premère floraison en pleine terre, été 2020

Another plant native to the southern hemisphere is present in Papi Jo’s garden, the so-called Kaffir lily, Hesperantha coccinea (former name Schizostylis coccinea). It is supposed to flower from autumn until Christmas and even beyond. In fact, it is in flower at any time it wants. Note.- The term Kaffir…

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The memory of plants

On the occasion of the traditional inventory of flowering plants on January 1st, I asked myself about the influence of the continent of origin of the plants on their flowering period. My hypothesis being that plants originating from the southern hemisphere keep the memory of the seasons inverted compared to…

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To compost or not to compost

That is the question! The University College of London has started a Big Compost Experiment described below. UCL’s Plastic Waste Innovation Hub invites you to help shape the future of the planet.Participate in the Big Compost Experiment, our nationwide citizen science research experiment in compostable and biodegradable plastics.The experiment has…

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The frosted New Year’s Day garden

The frosted garden on New Year's Day 2021

1st of January 2021. Maybe a harbinger of a Happier New Year, a glorious weather today, starting with a frosty morning and then a sunny afternoon.  Gardening has surely been a welcome activity/leisure for many of us in that annus horribilis. Some pics of frosty plants taken in the garden…

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The “skull & bones” plant

A bit of botany On the Arrosoirs & Sécateurs forum a member asked for the identification of a fruit capsule that looked like a skull and crossbones. The answer was quickly found, although … not quite. In fact, there are several species of plants whose fruit capsule can evoke a…

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