Friday Findings – Vol. 1

I promised myself that Fridays would be for a short recap of whatever it is we achieved this week in our tiny nook of ecology. This week was a very short week – Ascension Day being a bank holiday and also having taken today off. Nonetheless it was a pretty exciting week. Here’s some ofContinue reading “Friday Findings – Vol. 1”

Aroids make me happy

The growing season for my aroids is in full swing. I brought all my Alocasia outside this week. Over winter they always accumulate spectacular levels of spider mites, citrus mealy bugs – and since this year, aphids and thrips, the latter coming from an infestation that happened at work I suppose! Honestly, it’s a miracleContinue reading “Aroids make me happy”

When the green multiplies

Roughly eight months per year, I’m just waiting. It’s dark outside, so it’s even darker inside. I’m waiting for the first rays of spring sunlight, for the days to become longer, for my plants to enter beast mode. Spring is the time of growth, and those four precious months where something finally happens are amazing.Continue reading “When the green multiplies”

Plant talk

I just finished a 3.5 hour drive this evening, to the university town of Jena, where we are currently running a tansy chemodiversity field experiment alongside the bigger, older, boringly named, yet much better-known ‘Jena Experiment’. Briefly I considered spending the night in Lederhose, just so I could tell people I slept in Lederhose. AsContinue reading “Plant talk”

In ruins

After a spectacularly cold night in the van at Kamp Romantik, we visited the Nesactium ruins close to Valtura. These ruins were not in the best of shapes, but revealed the blueprints of what must have been a pretty impressive Christian church, and several additional structures. The information was only limited as the visitor centerContinue reading “In ruins”

I followed the wrong signs…

Whilst driving down the coast of Croatia, I only had one job: follow the coast to Split. Of course I fucked up within a couple of kilometers. Don’t get me wrong: I religiously followed the signs to Split, not realizing that there was an inland highway that would probably be much quicker than the scenicContinue reading “I followed the wrong signs…”