Dear BGR readers, please have this late edition from June. The previous BGR (#5) was posted here at A Neotropical Savanna, and July’s edition (#7) will be hosted at A Blog Around The Clock. Now, there’s been plenty of plant things happening during June, and here it is:
- Let’s open the carnival with a very interesting post intersecting botany and astronomy. Coturnix at A Blog Around the clock report about the very first experiments of clockwise scientific investigations. Guess what, it started with a plant… Around the calendar, would we put it, as it was around 1729. But that’s not the whole thing, this post is probably also a must-read if you’re interested in details about how science was working. This historical perspective is nicely emphasized throughout the post. Links suggested are also fine, I recommand taking some time for clocking flowers at the very same place.
- Agro from Midoria explains us with an efficient way to learn plant names and taxonomical information. Mnemosyne (Don’t ask, follow the link!) Proficiency and quick learning, which may also incude some linguistics in case you wish to turn into an expert. Let’s work out a botanical question database… Well, it’s underway, just take Castanea as an example.
- Sarcozona, at Gravity’s Rainbow, is dealing with fence posts. From pines. This is all about differenciating taxa when they turn around each other (yep evolution is dancing that way), and how chemistry sometimes comes into play. If you enjoy gymnosperms, in my o’pinyon, this is what you needles. Check here! But if you’re aiming at pancakes, rather elaborate on her Mulberry Gone Round.
- Happy Housekeeping is suggesting two plant species to include in gardens to increase butterfly visitation. I let you see, there are probably many more worth growing… Let’s compile a list.
- Charlie at 10 000 Birds sends us a long way through UK meadows and gives us a chance to spot orchids, namely the quite charming Common Spotted Orchids and Fragrant Orchid. Two very nice species for sure… And if you like terrestrian European orchids, further links are given. I strongly suggest you to follow the path until fly/bee Ophrys hybrids, it’s worth… everything I know. (hum, maybe I’m biased here, for I never foudn such natural hybrids in the wild…).
- Jeremy at Agricultural Biodiversity is digging questions around the soil richness and woofs or goofs around possible carbon sequestration. Take some time to dig through yourself and vote for science, for there’s still plenty to do. See, European commission is digging in another but necessary direction…
- Bora is also offering some nice and creative fern mixing. Pictures on the top (or desktop?). Could almost be the game to find out about the species IDs… Since these are horticultural taxa, I guess this should not be impossible… So go rush and comment in!
- Okay, let’s go edge now, but that’s still somewhat Berrygoan of some sort… Hobby Lawn Care, a rather specialized plant blog, is offering advice as to how take care of your lawn in the cold winter season around some areas. My ‘guest’, your guess…
- But let’s turn back to something more Berrygoan frankly. What about plants and philosophy? Michael from Ionian Enchantment has an enchanted post about some news that have been buzzing in the blogosphere: Plants, it turns out, are not nearly as boring as we thought kin altruists, not necessarily kind altruists. And maybe predictions if plant neurobiology would stand up. Maybe… (Please, there aren’t that many other plant posts there, but you may find interest in themes, enjoy your walk through)…
And that’s it folks. Don’t forget to send your submissions to the next BGR before the 25th of this month!