Tag Archives: plants

Watching Plants

I’ve written before about how much I love my new commute. Most days, I walk 35 minutes to work. Because the end of daylight savings time brought darkness in the evenings, I take the metro home. I feel like a … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Essay

Transcript of actual e-mail conversation between me and another contributor to The Last Word on Nothing, a little over a week ago: Me: I’ve been particularly low on lwon ideas lately. Got anything for me? Cameron: Ooooo…. I’m low, too. … Continue reading

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The Cherry Trees Bloomed!

It’s been a long winter in Washington. Yesterday for The Last Word on Nothing I wrote about waiting for the famous Washington cherry blossoms to reach peak bloom. This wait ended today, which makes the piece a little poorly timed, … Continue reading

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Sweden: Now Featuring…Spring!

I hear reports that dandelions have now been spotted at the space campus here in Kiruna. I haven’t personally seen them, but I can share a photograph of another flower, spotted after dinner last night: This is a kind of … Continue reading

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Snow Around Trees

Up here above the Arctic Circle in Sweden, spring has been slow to come. I suppose technically it arrived on March 20, the same as everywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, but we’ve got a while to wait until nature … Continue reading

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Fall Colors

This weekend in western Colorado: I just learned from a Forest Service page how this happens. The short version: leaves stop making chlorophyll in fall, so their leaves aren’t green anymore and you can see their other colors. I don’t … Continue reading

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Cliffside Plant Uses Ants

Ant-plant relationships are one of my favorite things in biology. I don’t find the theory of their interactions particularly thrilling; I just like the idea of plants and ants helping each other get by in the world. Simply put, ants … Continue reading

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cherry tree update

The trees are blooming! And they’re early. It’s not even spring yet; winter doesn’t end until the wee hours tonight.This lovely grove of trees is on the grounds of the Washington Monument, across from the Ellipse. If you’ve forgotten what … Continue reading

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spring approaches

In a few weeks, the trees around the Tidal Basin will burst into flower. The prediction came out yesterday: the peak should be somewhere in the range of March 24-31. (Keep up with progress on the National Park Service’s cherry … Continue reading

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museum tourist: national bonsai and penjing museum

Bet you didn’t know this museum existed: The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum. It’s right across the street from the National Herb Garden and a short walk from the National Boxwood Collection and the National Grove of State Trees. They’re … Continue reading

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