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Mystery Monday - Name This Plant Reaction

Monday April 14, 2014
Tendrils curl around other plants because of this reaction

Welcome to Mystery Monday!

For this week, please name the botanical term for the reaction you see in the picture, where tendrils have curled around the stem. I'm working on a new piece that explains the biological reactions that plants can have in response to stimuli. This is the one in reaction to touching.

Good luck!

Image by knitsteel via Flickr

Mystery Monday - Name That Shrub!

Monday April 7, 2014
Mystery Monday 040714 Shrub

Happy Mystery Monday. It's springtime! Buds are popping open everywhere. Can you name what this one is? It is somewhat easy, so let's try it without any clues. If no one guesses within a few days, I will add some. Good luck!

Image by Zach 'Ragz Rejected' Shell under a Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License

March 2014 Tree and Shrub Roundup

Monday March 31, 2014

I am so excited that it is officially spring now! I am starting my vegetable and herb seeds this week. I need to go shopping and see if I want to buy a new dwarf fruit tree. This is definitely my favorite time of the year.

New articles for this month:

What trees and shrubs are you planting this year?

Mystery Monday - Name That Shrub!

Monday March 24, 2014
Mystery Monday 032414 Shrub

Your clues for this week:

  • This shrub is a member of the Fabaceae (pea) family.
  • The common name includes a metal.
  • You would originally find this in prairies in North America.
Image by gmayfield10 via Flickr Creative Commons Attribute-ShareAlike License

Mystery Monday - Name the Irish Tree!

Monday March 17, 2014

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh! That's Irish Gaelic for "St. Patrick's Day blessing upon you". For fun, you can tell people Tabhair póg dom, táim Éireannach - the famous "Kiss Me, I'm Irish".

Your clues for this week:

  • This is a native Irish tree and one common name includes an Irish city.
  • The common name also includes a popular small fruit
  • The fruit is edible, but is usually just used in preserves and a Portuguese wine.

Best o' luck to ye!


Photo © Flickr user Just Chaos

Mystery Monday - Name That Shrub!

Monday March 3, 2014
Mystery Monday 030314 Shrub

Welcome to another Mystery Monday! The winner for last week's pest was my lovely mother Sharon. Woot! Good job.

Your clues for this week:

  • This shrub is native to California and Baja California and is in the Anacardiaceae family.
  • The common names include a favorite tart summer drink since it is reported that you can make the fruit into a similar tasting beverage.
  • If you're stumped, take a peek here.

Good luck!

Photo by campsjc via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

February 2014 Tree and Shrub Roundup

Friday February 28, 2014

It's been a gray drizzly day here in Utah. I had fun organizing my seed stash this month and pruning some of my houseplants. I have also been writing new articles, of course! Check out:

Have you been drooling over garden catalogs? Planning out your landscape improvements? Dreaming of spring? I sure am!

Mystery Monday - Name That Pest!

Monday February 24, 2014
This pest carries a citrus disease.

Welcome to Mystery Monday!

Your clues for this week:

  • This pest transmits a citrus disease for which there is no cure.
  • It is about the size of a pinhead.
  • I wrote about this and the citrus disease (hint: check in the Disease and Pest Management section).

Can you name this insect? Good luck!

Image by the USDAgov via Flickr

Mystery Monday - Name That Tree!

Monday February 3, 2014
Mystery Monday 020314 Tree

Your clues for this week:

  • This tree is part of the Rutaceae family.
  • Essential oil from this plant is used in Earl Grey tea and is the source of its fragrance.
  • There are herbs in the Mint family that bear the same name, but are quite different.

Good luck!

Image by one2c900d via Flickr Creative Commons

January 2014 Tree and Shrub Roundup

Friday January 31, 2014

It's only January and I am already awaiting the arrival of spring. It will be fun to plant a vegetable garden. We're determined to grow some tomatoes so my husband can taste what a real one is like, not the bland store bought kind. I make my own baby food so it will be fun to grow some other vegetables for that use. I also want to get a new fruit tree or two this year.

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