clover
Flowers, Herbs

Red, White, and Four Leaf Clover

Clover is a leguminous plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. This family is incredibly diverse with many species found all over the world from high altitude mountains to tropic beaches. These leafy plants can be annual, biennial, or short lived perennials. They can even be evergreen in some environments. Red and white clover are the… Continue reading Red, White, and Four Leaf Clover

sunflowers
Flowers

Sunflowers: Flower of the Sun God

Sunflowers are tall annual or perennial plants with big, bright yellow flowers. They are a summer favorite for many gardeners. Their scientific name, Helianthus” comes from the Greek word “helios” meaning “sun” and “anthos” meaning “flower.” Sunflowers can grow exceptionally tall. The record settling flower for height was 25 feet, and the widest flower was… Continue reading Sunflowers: Flower of the Sun God

gourd
Vegetables

The Utilitarian Gourd

Gourds are one of our oldest domesticated plant species and one of our best vegetable allies. Through gourd rind dating, archaeologists are fairly confident that gourds were originally domesticated 10,000 years ago in Asia by prehistoric humans. These hard shelled plants may have even been the first species of plants to ever be domesticated! From… Continue reading The Utilitarian Gourd

chrysanthemum
Flowers

Chinese Chrysanthemums

"I seek and don't find myself. I belong to chrysanthemum hours, neatly lined up in flower pots." -Fernando Pessoa   When I think of chrysanthemums, I think of crispy fall mornings and warm apple cider. With their bright petals and sturdy constitutions, they are the perfect flower to celebrate the transition of the seasons. These… Continue reading Chinese Chrysanthemums