Monthly Archives: January 2012

Fern frost and the beauty of flowers

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This morning I’ve found these fantastic floral patterns on windows of my car.And I was astonished again by the simple fact, that actually the geometry of the water molecule determines the beauty of the crystals to be formed. Very the same as in the live world of nature-the geometry of molecules as the constituents determines the final beauty we admire. Obeying physical laws of our universe the beauty of flowers, be in frost or those in the garden is determined in advance and inevitable .Means all this beauty is hidden in math, physic, chemistry……..

Hypoxis hirsuta-Star grass from Harper’s guide to wild flowers

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Harper’s guide to wild flowers is the book I had recently some fun with. The author had a bit poetic attitude sorting plants according to their color,which I like anyway.But my favorite passus would be  this part of booklet, with a little episode described.When storry-telling emerged from science books is the question I do not know the answer, but I am sure a lot was lost by that time……..

And yes, i like Hypoxis hirsuta..so here a caption from nowadays

(from::http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/wildflwr/species/hypohirs.htm ):

Down among the bases of the tall grasses in our moist native prairies and coulee bottoms the little yellow stargrass begins to bloom in late May. The plant is restricted to the east in North Dakota; elsewhere plants can be found in meadows and open woods from Manitoba to Maine, and south to Florida and Texas.

Yellow stargrass has no stem. Instead, the three to six-inch long leaves and flower stalks (called scapes) rise directly from a perennial onion-like structure called a corm. Each plant has five to ten six-petalled yellow flowers about a half inch wide. The three to six leaves are very narrow, and provided with a few long hairs.

Never abundant enough to provide much forage, yellow stargrass grows best where grazing is light or the area is annually mowed after mid-July. The plant has no known economic value, but some of its relatives in India are known to have properties similar to ginseng.

Yellow stargrass is a member of the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae) which contains many ornamentals such as narcissus, snowdrops, and tuberose. The family is in the class of plants called monocots, wherein among other characters, the veins of the leaves are mostly parallel, rather than in a net-like pattern. Amaryllis was a shepherdess in the writings of the Roman author Virgil. The generic name Hypoxis is from the Greek hypoxys, “somewhat acid,” and the specific epithet hirsuta means “stiffly hairy” in botanical Latin. The famous Swedish naturalist Carl von Linne (Linnaeus) described yellow stargrass for science in his monumental Species Plantarum of 1753.

Cyclamen

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My sister has a nice habit of buying cyclamen for her kids each winter .As  I bought one myself last week the spring seems nearer; it will be easier to wait for the first cyclamen in the woods. A little poem goes like:C is for cyclamen-do not try to hide from us for your smell is telling where you are………

And indeed, the shy cyclamen smells so strong, you cannot miss it, as kids we wandered the woods to find the very first ones…..

Searching for more details for this post I found lake Bled district ,Slovenia,  has special dark variant of Cyclamen purpurascens: can’t wait to find it -I promise a post  ; )

Till then something from:

http://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cyclamen_purpurascens

Classification System: APG III (down to family level):

Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Unassigned Asterids
Ordo: Ericales
Familia: Primulaceae
Tribus: Cyclamineae
Genus: Cyclamen
Species: Cyclamen purpurascens

Sunflowers-Vincent van Gogh

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Sunflowers, c.1888

Vincent Van Goghfrom:http://www.vangoghgallery.com/printsandposters/van-gogh-top-20.html

Opening the new art page in My Botanical Garden may I start with Vincent and his  Sunflowers, as they are so well known, becoming a symbol of our common consciousness.Interpreted so many times, from worst kitsch up to classy reinterpretations, the sunflowers always bear that echo from the hot summer with them.Are sunflowers as plants already a symbol of forgotten summers or is art reinterpreting their symbolism to tie them with our memories of endless summers?In this case I may ask, with all the seriousness, was there first Vincent ore were sunflowers?

 

TATAR MAPLE-ACER TATARICUM

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As I walked trough my botanical garden last time in cold January I found Acer tataricum-I simply liked its name,the picture of its branches against the blue, blue sky and the tiny new little branches emerging into new spring to come………….enough for me to list you some more facts:

Acer tataricum (Tatar Maple or Tatarian Maple) is a species of maple native to central and southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from Austria east to southwestern Russia and theCaucasus, and south to Turkey. The species is named after the Tatar peoples of southern Russia; the tree’s name is similarly commonly also spelled “Tartar” in English.[1][2]

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Acer
Species: A. tataricum
Binomial name
Acer tataricum
L.from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acer_tataricum

Tatarian maple is often confused with Amur maple. Tatarian Maple grows slightly larger and is naturally more tree-like in growth habit.

  Morphology:
This is a broadleaf deciduous tree that can grow to 20’ in height and 25’ in width. It often forms a multi-stem structure. At maturity the tree shape is described as rounded to wide spreading. Leaves are set in an opposite arrangement and are simple. They are typically un-lobed, though young trees do have 2-5 lobes. The leaf margin is double serrated. During hot summer the leaves are green, while in the fall they turn shades of yellow to reddish brown. The fall color of Tatarian Maple is considered better than Amur Maple.

Flowering starts in April. The flower clusters are known as panicles, and are greenish white in color. Flowers give rise to double-wing samaras which have a pleasing red color. During the winter the samaras dry down and hang from the branches.

  Adaptation:
This tree does best in sun to partial shade. It is widely adapted to most sites, as long as the soil is well drained.

from:http://pnwplants.wsu.edu/PlantDisplay.aspx?PlantID=615

AN OLD-FASHIONED LITTLE TREE

Old Tatarian maples can be seen in Helsinki and St. Petersburg, but there are not many further west. The Tatarian maple is a low-growing small tree with a rounded crown and often a twisted trunk, with lovely autumn colours. Nowadays it is not planted at all, and in nurseries it has been replaced by a close relative, the bushy Amur maple. It has lobed leaves, unlike the unlobed leaves of the Tatarian maple. Characteristic old Tatarian maples grow in many of the old parks around the central part of the city, such as Katajanokanpuisto, Alli Trygg Park and on Tähtitorninvuori.

from:http://www.kasvitkaupunginvaatteet.fi/plants-tatarian-maple/