Syringa vulgaris or smell of spring

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When May comes after a long winter, it looks like green hues are painting the landscape all over the place.Since always you remember the spring smell of new leaves opening all over the forests, gardens, parks. And, indeed, when first fresh green tiny leaves are unpacked from spring buds, it feels again everything could be possible in the spring of this year. The almost forgotten smell of lilacs seems to become more than a mere memory quite soon. And when the first tiny spring rain comes, washing down leafy smell in the air, you feel spring is already evidently here, then you open the window and sweet smell of lilacs embraces you.There it is, lilacs in fool bloom , and now you know for sure, this spring is real…… 

Open Window Lilacs Study 1886 - Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov

“Open Window Lilacs Study 1886″ oil on Canvas,Valentin Aleksandrovich Serov, from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_297499/Valentin-Aleksandrovich-Serov/page-1

The Lilac Bouquet - Serkis Diranian

“The Lilac Bouquet” oil on Canvas, location: Private collection.Serkis Diranian, from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_80221/Serkis-Diranian/page-1

The Bunch of Lilacs - James Jacques Joseph Tissot

“The Bunch of Lilacs” oil on Canvas.James Jacques Joseph Tissot from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_253706/James-Jacques-Joseph-Tissot/page-1

Gathering Lilacs - Daniel Ridgway Knight

“Gathering Lilacs” oil on Canvas Daniel Ridgway Knight, from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_324463/Daniel-Ridgway-Knight/page-1

Lilacs - Boris Kustodiev

“Lilacs” oil on Canvas Boris Kustodiev, from:http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_204631/Boris-Kustodiev/page-1

New nature reserve in London, England

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:

This video from England says about itself:

Volunteering and nature: London Wildlife Trust

14 November 2014

With over 40 nature reserves across London we rely on the volunteers who give their time to help us protect wildlife and nature. This short, inspiring video shows some of our volunteers and staff in action at Gunnersbury Triangle. Many thanks to everyone who helps us look after wildlife and wild spaces in London.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

‘Fencing people away from nature is bad’

An ambitious project is under way in north London to create an urban haven for rare birds alongside modern towerblocks. Welcome to Woodberry Wetlands, ‘wildlife gardening on a colossal scale’

Patrick Barkham

Sunday 17 May 2015 18.00 BST

Look north, and gleaming new towers resemble the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Turn south, and you are transported into a bucolic corner of 18th-century England. Dense…

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Fragaria vesca time and facts

The season of strawberries is here again! It is the time I love: red strawberries, warm weather, gardens full of flowers and a special feeling in the air , one knows summer is just to come, cherries are almost ripe, even a walk down the street is painted by this early summer light and shades, smell of sweet strawberries fills the air. Yet there is nothing to compare to the smell and aroma of ripe wild strawberries! Even more if you pick them by yourself ! I’ve picked some for you and I’ve picked some interesting strawberries facts, too! The first one is about the tiny seeds over the strawberry fruit- they are namely achenes! 

In many species, what we think of as the “seed” is actually an achene, a fruit containing the seed. The seed-like appearance arises from the fact that the wall of the seed-vessel hardens and encloses the solitary seed so closely as to seem like an outer coat. The strawberry is an aggregate fruit with an aggregate of achenes, and what is eaten is accessory tissue. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achene

The next strawberry fact is about the number of chromosome sets this plant has :

There are more than 20 different Fragaria species worldwide. Key to the classification of strawberry species is recognizing that they vary in the number of chromosomes. Some species are diploid, having two sets of the seven chromosomes (14 chromosomes total). Others are tetraploid (four sets, 28 chromosomes total), hexaploid (six sets, 42 chromosomes total), octoploid (eight sets, 56 chromosomes total), or decaploid (ten sets, 70 chromosomes total). As a rough rule (with exceptions), strawberry species with more chromosomes tend to be more robust and produce larger plants with larger berries.[7] from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragaria

And another strawberry fact-there are may fantastic art works that are , well, strawberrish- have a look and enjoy ! 

 

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Zürich : Botanical Garden «zur Katz» (Museum of Ethnology, University of Zürich) : Fragaria vesca‘Conradi Gesneri Historia plantarum’ by Conrad Gessner (* 1516; † 1565), author of the photography : Roland zh, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Conrad_Gesner_-_Conradi_Gesneri_Historia_plantarum_Walderbeere.jpg#filelinks

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Madonna of the Strawberries, The Upper Rhenish Master, between circa 1420 and circa 30, from: 

Still Life With Strawberries - Pierre Auguste Renoir

“Still Life With Strawberries”, Pierre Auguste Renoir, from: http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_106774/Pierre-Auguste-Renoir/Still-Life-With-Strawberries