This one doesn’t learn

My tiny Monstera deliciosa ‘variegata’ is doing well lately. She’s tiny compared to some of my other plants, but she’s growing better than some others in terms of new leaves. This week she showed and unfolded her third leaf for the year. At this rate she might even pop another one or two out beforeContinue reading “This one doesn’t learn”

Friday findings – volume 6

Trust me. I’m aware that it’s a Saturday. But I don’t care. Yesterday I wanted to write about my son’s special day. Today I want to share highlights of my week in ecology. It’s my blog – stop whining! 1) Accepted – An important paper got accepted this week. This paper is the first paperContinue reading “Friday findings – volume 6”

The cure to heatstroke?

What a day today. In the morning I started off developing a mild heat stroke, as we were labeling and sorting plants in the absolute blistering heat. What can I say. It’s not great labeling in blistering heat, but it was important! The alternative was labeling inside the greenhouse. In that sense we used theContinue reading “The cure to heatstroke?”

There’s no way I could have resisted this

Regular readers will know this. I love plants and I love snakes, and I love their appearance even more when you put white spots on them. There’s just something about variegation that makes every color pop more. I think it’s amazing. About a year ago I bought my first variegated Monstera deliciosa. A second followedContinue reading “There’s no way I could have resisted this”

Friday findings – volume 4

This week was rough. All four family members have been sick, and one of them twice – with a four day healthy intermezzo. Yet, things have also been quite great in my life in ecology. Here’s a couple of highlights (no real lows this week): 1 – I had a shared first author paper acceptedContinue reading “Friday findings – volume 4”

Poor life choices

I was so naive! For a short while I truly believed that my Monstera deliciosa ‘variegata’ had learned somehow from its past mistake of producing an all white leaf as its third leaf. For a young plant it’s not the wisest thing to do. The plant struggled to survive winter, but oh my, this springContinue reading “Poor life choices”

Friday findings – Vol. 2

This was a week buzzing with (tansy) activity! Here’s some highlights. 1) On Monday I gave a talk about some of the work we’re doing in my team on artificial light at night. In particular, I presented a study that is almost ready to submit. The talk inspired an interesting discussion, with some new ideasContinue reading “Friday findings – Vol. 2”

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”