It’s springtime in my room! FINALLY.
Plants Flower Nearly a Month Earlier Than They Did A Century Ago
Compared to extreme drought, blistering heat, massive wildfires and tropical cyclones, the latest indicator of climate change is unexpectedly attractive: early spring flowers. According to a study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, unusually warm spring weather in 2010 and 2012 at a pair of notable sites in the eastern U.S. led to the earliest spring flowering times on record—earlier than any other time in the last 161 years.
The researchers involved, from Boston University, the University of Wisconsin and Harvard, examined the flowers at two sites well-known for their roles in the early environmental movement: Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau started keeping flowering records back in 1852, and Dane County, Wisc., where Aldo Leopold first recorded flowering data in 1935.
“We were amazed that wildflowers in Concord flowered almost a month earlier in 2012 than they did in Thoreau’s time or any other recent year, and it turns out the same phenomenon was happening in Wisconsin where Aldo Leopold was recording flowering times,” lead author Elizabeth Ellwood of Boston University said in a statement. “Our data shows that plants keep shifting their flowering times ever earlier as the climate continues to warm.”
In Massachusetts, the team studied 32 native spring flowering plant species—such as wild columbine, marsh marigold and pink lady slipper—for which average flowering dates had been fairly well-documented between Thoreau’s time and our own. They found that the plants’ flowering dates had steadily moved earlier as temperatures increased—Thoreau saw them flower on May 15, while they flowered on April 25 and 24 in 2010 and 2012, respectively. In the two years studied, 27 of the 32 species had their earliest flowering date ever…
Read more: SmithsonianMag
After seeping hot water over some sprigs of dried rosemary, thyme, and a blackberry leaf (all picked and dried before I left home), this is my herbal rinse -a substitute for greasy, perfume-y shampoo.
This gorgeous color is natural! It smells wonderful! AND IT DIDN’T COST ME A DIME.
(Except for when I use apple cider vinegar and baking soda in the mix. Then it costs me a little bit of money, but nothing astronomical.)
Perennials vs Annuals
Perennials: Plant Once | Annuals: Plant Every Year
Perennials have Longer Root Systems
- Improved soil stability = less need for tillage and reduced erosion
- Reduced fossil fuel consumption
- Better managed nitrogen
- Reduced need for pesticides
- Less labor intensive
- Increased soil water storage
- Better carbon firing
- Greater biodiversity
Not long before he died, my grandpa gave my mom the top of a pineapple he bought at the grocery store. He told her to plant the top and see if she could grow a pineapple.
This year, a tiny pineapple has finally appeared.
I miss my Papaw.