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”

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”

Spring has not arrived here yet

The sun had me fooled today. It looked like it was going to be a semi-cloudy day, meaning that there would at least be some sun around. That was true for sure, so we tried to go out as quickly as possible this morning, to grab a coffee in the sun somewhere in the cityContinue reading “Spring has not arrived here yet”

The final phase

A short post today. I spent my afternoon getting the final phase of my light pollution experiment going. In this final phase, we will investigate whether light pollution disrupts feeding by an insect herbivore on six plant species. In the picture below you can see the sleeve cages I use to keep the herbivores onContinue reading “The final phase”

Finally, some growth

I always forget how long it takes for seedlings to grow. Two weeks ago, me and the team sowed a couple hundred pots with twelve different plant species. A bunch of them I had never worked with before. None of them I had germinated on soil before. This may sound odd, but in ecology it’sContinue reading “Finally, some growth”

The all-white situation…

I am a big fan of diversity in all forms. Maybe that’s also why I like variegated plants so much. What better than a little deviation from the monotonous green? (To be fair, green is one of the better colours in monotony, but even green works better if the tones are diverse.) A little whileContinue reading “The all-white situation…”

They lost my birthday present!

It may not look like much, but this is it. My belated birthday present! I’m a bit of a plant nerd, and although I have lost many plants after moving to Germany, I am now finally at a point where I can say that my plants are not only stable, but firmly on the wayContinue reading “They lost my birthday present!”

I would make the worst orchid tour guide (but I can talk about snakes…)

Before returning home from our trip to the Chiemgauer Alpen, we decided to take a short walk in the Achental, from Marquartstein to a viewpoint called Windeck (probably because it is always windy as fuck – which it was today). The hike was short enough for our son to almost walk all of it twoContinue reading “I would make the worst orchid tour guide (but I can talk about snakes…)”

Garchinger Heide – The more I see, the less I know

Yesterday, I took my son out for a quick walk through the Garchinger Heide, which is really turning into my favourite spot to watch plants and butterflies. Every time I go there, there are new species of flowers blooming. Every time I go there, I see a lot of stuff that I don’t know. IContinue reading “Garchinger Heide – The more I see, the less I know”