Monday, January 18, 2016

Plants in Space!

While I had no desire to watch The Martian, this is rather cool:

Is this the first ever flower grown in space?

Do also check out the account of earlier plants grown in space!

Hints of Hyderabad - Part X

The bright golden-yellow blooms of Tabebuia argentea

Hints of Hyderabad - Part IX

In the tomb complex of the Paigahs, one of the highest-ranking noble families in the erstwhile Hyderabad State

Hints of Hyderabad - Part VIII

In the gardens of the Chowmahalla Palace in the Old City of Hyderabad

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hints of Hyderabad - Part VII

The grave of Mah Laqa Bai 'Chanda', complete with rose petals

Hints of Hyderabad - Part VI

In the tomb garden of Mah Laqa Bai 'Chanda' or Chanda Bibi (1768-1824), an influential courtesan and Urdu poet

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hints of Hyderabad - Part V

Oleander (Nerium oleander) in evening light

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hints of Hyderabad - Part IV

Bougainvillea Close-Up

Happy Makar Sankranti/Pongal!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hints of Hyderabad - Part II

Pink lapacho or ipé (Handroanthus impetiginosus) puts on a rather nice show

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Heirloom Crops in Mainstream (?) Media

This morning I was very happy to discover a wonderful article about a historic Canadian melon and the importance and challenges of preserving heirloom plant varieties among Buzzfeed's peculiar mix of serious journalism on national and global events and issues, cat videos, and nonsense listicles. Please give it a read, and then go and get some heirloom seeds for next season - whether it be a Montreal melon, an Italian squash, or a Japanese morning glory!

The Rise, Fall, and Almost Rise of the Caviar of Cantaloupe

PS: Also note the bee issue - we really do need to stop carelessly decimating our critter populations or it will come to bite us in the butt, apart from the more general issue of poisoning our own living environment with toxic chemicals whose effects we often do not fully understand.