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”

I almost thought I had lost her

Relationships come and go. I have experienced this over the past few years all too clearly. I have ‘lost’ friendships over the past decade that I thought I would never lose. Friends I spoke to and saw every day less than a decade ago now don’t even know I have a kid, and even haveContinue reading “I almost thought I had lost her”

I think it’s in my blood…

It almost seemed like springtime today! After weeks and weeks of cold weather, and lots of rain, today we had a pretty good day, with quite some sun coming through. We had barely set foot in our garden over the past weeks, except for dumping some organic waste on the compost pile every now andContinue reading “I think it’s in my blood…”

An orchid trip

To celebrate our finishing our field experiment, we had a lovely outdoor Iranian lunch prepared by my colleague Nafiseh (who’s Iranian, hence the Iranian lunch). After this celebratory lunch we went out on an orchid-spotting trip with my boss’s partner Bea, who turned out to be an excellent orchid tour guide. Now I know veryContinue reading “An orchid trip”

I still get nervous about it

Remember the post I wrote about our little Tansy plants – the ones that I prepared for an upcoming field experiment that will be the core project of the new PhD candidate in our team, Lina. While she’s arranging practical matters for the field work, today I finalized the experimental design for that experiment. TheContinue reading “I still get nervous about it”

Botanist paradise

For a while I have been wanting to visit the Garchinger Heide, a small nature reserve located about 15 kilometres away from here (Freising). I had read some flyers in the ‘Landratsamt’ last year, when I was there to register our car. The flyers had some colorful flower pictures on it. When I tried toContinue reading “Botanist paradise”