Here are seven illustrated pages from Rariorum plantarum historia by Carolus Clusius published in 1601, the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Please colour them in and #Tweet to @RNGherb for #ColourOurCollections. The best work will be published on this blog in two weeks time.
Maria with her thesis and some of her apple images
Maria Christodoulou successfully defended her PhD viva voce today with examiners Professor Richard Sibly and Dr Stephen Harris (Oxford). Her spritied defence of the use of computer imaging and a wide range of mathematical approaches to automate apple cultivar identification was the culmination of a four year BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship with Sainsbury’s. She demonstrated high levels of success in identification of a range of apple cultivars from the National Apple collection at Brogdale and from those commercially available in UK supermarkets. Continue reading
Rock Islands, Palau, Japanese artillery https://www.flickr.com/photos/rapidtravelchai/
If you are an adventurous botanist looking for something new then Windfall Films may have just the thing for you! They are assembling a crew of ten men and replicating an epic 18th century maritime voyage for a six-part series for a major UK broadcaster.
They have contacted me because they are really interested in getting a botanist on board the vessel to join a survival expert, maritime experts and others. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
For much of January and February of this year I will be experiencing a different side of the great work my sponsor, the Royal Horticultural Society, does. Working in the Media Department, Peterborough, will give me a more complete overview of the impacts research, such as mine, has on their audiences as we produce publications such as The Garden and The Plantsman.
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My grandfather grew a huge Christmas cactus which flowered regularly every year. It spent the summers in a shady spot in the garden and the winters indoors away from the frost. It intrigued me because it didn’t look like a cactus – it had no obvious spines and the stems were flat and bright green. However, even if not cactus like it certainly flowered over the Christmas period. Continue reading
By Robbie Blackhall-Miles
Protea cynarioides (Photo by Ben Ram)
Every year in preparation for Christmas a king from a distant land honours me with its presence. The king of which I speak is a Protea cynaroides, the King Protea, plant that grows in my garden and flowers, virtually on the button, in readiness for Christmas day. I have to say it looks rather out of place in the dull light of North Wales but none the less we anticipate its opening and celebrate it with excitement. Continue reading
Nativity in carved radish
When you think about Christmas plants you probably think about holly and ivy, possibly Christmas trees and poinsettias, and maybe even Brussels sprouts and parsnips. But I bet you don’t think about radishes. And yet, the humble radish (Raphanus sativus) plays an important role in the Christmas festivities in Oaxaca, Mexico. Continue reading