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Isn’t that a wonderful name? A plant that flowers, just as the robins start calling in the woods. Some people call it Bethroot or Birthroot, because it can be used to stop bleeding after childbirth (Ream, 2011). 502 more words

Erna Gunther

Chocolate Gardens

This is about Moroccan gardens and landscape.

Earlier today, I prepared to record the revised draft of one of my novels to perform a sentence by sentence prose edit. 376 more words


The Sprite of Nature

I have been wanting to do a post like this for a long time. I love reading mostly what I post about at the YA and comics that I am reading but this post is going to be about some of my favorite books on spiritual healing, healing practices from other cultures, and how different tribes use different healing processes. 494 more words


Did you know...?

Did you know that by pruning a Pinus nigra tree you might ruin a good saw blade?

From personal communication with a professional gardener: “Impossible to get that sticky stuff off of it!” 76 more words

Arnold Arboretum

Wood-apple, Limonia acidissima

This unusual looking fruit, the wood-apple, Limonia acidissima is aptly named in English; the hard outer shell is as hard as wood, almost like a miniature cannon ball. 63 more words

Plant Profile: Cacao

There are few plants whose scientific name translates as “food of the gods,” but the Greek name for cacao—Theobroma cacao —does. It makes sense that this plant, famous for being the key ingredient in modern day chocolate, has become important for many cultures around the world. 664 more words


A taste of Acacia difficilis

I’ve just spent 2 days at the World Science Festival Brisbane. It was a wonderful experience that I’d really recommend and I’ll be posting about different things I learnt, and today’s post is no exception. 795 more words