Looking Forward

I have neglected this blog because I have another one and apparently not enough energy for two. i hope to correct that this summer and am looking forward to posting here. Today I am experimenting with scheduling posts here. I am writing/ have almost written a novel in...

Plant Jokes 4 – Names

A rich source of humor for plant jokes comes from scientific names. You can play with both the English and Latin names. Here are 14 examples: 1) What do you get from eating too much milo?           A: Sore gums. (Sorghum) 2) Why are waterweeds so friendly? A: They...

Plant Jokes 3

Botany has many technical terms. These are needed because plant structures are different from animal structures —no hearts or livers—yet we still need to accurately refer to the parts of a plant. The deeper you get into botany, the more of these terms you pick up, in...

Plants from Around the World!

My second book, Curious Stories of Familiar Plants from Around the World is now available! This new book contains stories of how plants came to be part of our everyday life, arriving form South America (chocolate and pineapple), Asia (peonies and lotus), the Middle...

NEW BOOK! Familiar Garden Plants

I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Curious Stories of Familiar Garden Plants! Garden plants have some great stories, from the Supreme Court decision that tomatoes are vegetables to eating carrots as a political statement. It is available on...