What Is Phenology?

Do you trust your nature stalking skills? Do you like to watch birds migrate, plants flower? Read this!

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Medinilla magnifica!

An amazing beauty to watch but hard to describe in words to search for her identification as her glamorous bracts are oftenly mistaken for petals and this leads to the question “So what are these tiny buds under them then?”. Behold, Medinilla magnifica, ‘grape shaped pink flowers plant’ in search terms. (Considering the fact that…

Rhododendrons!

“Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for Being; Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!” The Rhodora – R.W. Emerson Love this poem? That ‘rival of the…

What is ‘Plant Blindness’?

In 2015 something very ‘huge’ happened in Denver Botanic Gardens, did you hear about that? How many plants do you know that have no showy flowers or just green, by their name?

Clerodendrum trichotomum!

You are so right to be confused, as she often tricks her viewers with her beautiful fruits, which are oftenly mistaken for flowers! So when you search for a flowering tree/shrub with ‘red petals and blue spherical center’ you may remain empty handed. Her common name is ‘Harlequin glory bower‘ in English, ‘Chou Wu Tong‘ in…