Recent Posts by Kathy Keeler

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? sorghum           A: Sore gums. (Sorghum) 2) Why are waterweeds so friendly? A: They always say Elodea. 3)...
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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 order to communicate efficiently. Anther, stamen, stigma, inflorescence,...
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Plants from Around the World!

csfpawMy 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 East (pomegranates),...
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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 Amazon. Link. CSFGP_Cover Read more

Spring Plant Walks!

Enjoy the coming of the better weather. Get outside! For an unusual, local and easy activity, take a plant walk with A Wandering Botanist. Devil's Backbone I'll identify and tell stories about the plants we see. Small soapweed, Yucca glauca: the roots contain saponins, so they work...
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Chinese New Year

February 8, 2016 is Chinese New Year, beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey. Have you wondered why the Chinese New Year starts in February and what a Fire Monkey is? These two posts of mine, on Linked In, address that. The earth goes around the sun and the moon around the earth in cycles that...
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More Plant Jokes

Here are more plant jokes.rabbitbrush The jackrabbit was having a bad hare day. What did his doe bring him? > Rabbitbrush   Photo: rubber rabbitbrush, Ericameria nauseosa, (sunflower family, Asteraceae) jackrabbit winter forage     When do you go at red and stop at green? > When eating a watermelon. (thanks to jokes4us.com) Read more

Plant Jokes

Last week I gave a talk about the plants of Rocky Mountain National Park at the Loveland Museum/Gallery as part of the Museum/Gallery’s celebration of RMNP’s 100th year. It seems to me that public speeches that run more than half an hour ought to include humor. But I talk about plants. Plant jokes…?! Googling “plant jokes” doesn’t yield very...
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Global Garden

IMG_3354A global garden was the topic of an article I recently published in the Denver Post. The idea was to find commonly grown garden plants that originated all around the world. Since Denver is dry, I chose ones that are water-efficient. See Article People...
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Celebrating Chinese New Year

I am talking on Plants in Chinese Art at the Loveland Museum/ Gallery on Chinese New Year, Feb. 19, Thursday, 6 pm. In anticipation of Chinese New Year, I assembled some my many pictures from China, where I've been four times in the last eight years, into two books: Plants and... 			
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Soapweed Yucca

soapweed yuccaHere is a link to a video about one of my favorite plants, Yucca glauca, called soapweed yucca or small soapweed. It's a conspicuous plant of the plains, slow-growing and tenacious, with pretty white flowers and a famous relationship with the yucca moth, Tetigula, which both...
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Prickly poppy

prickly poppy, Argemone polyanthemos Here is a video about prickly poppy, Argemone polyanthemos.  Prickly poppy is a conspicuous plant of the western Great Plains. It is annual that comes up from seeds each spring and therefore is more abundant and visible in wet years than drought years. Here is...
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Plant books – Reviews

I continually read books about plants travel and history. So here are some reviews and recommendations:

Osage orange treesGhosts of Evolution by Connie Barlow. In 1982 Dan Janzen and Paul Martin published an important paper in Science called "Neotropical Anachronisms: The Fruits the Gomphotheres Ate." In...

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Early Summer Colorado Wildflowers

We have wonderful early summer Colorado wildflowers blooming right now. If you live in Colorado or can visit --don't miss the chance to get out and see them! We had a wet spring after a very wet fall. The plants of Colorado are usually limited by the amount of water available, so they are flowering profusely. What...
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