September 26, 2008

New Photo Blog to check out

My friend Betsy is quite the photographer, and for a couple of years she has graced my inbox with luscious photos of wildlife & scenery.  Now she is sharing with a wider audience at Idaho Island Girl; take a look at her work; she has a great eye for nature.

September 4, 2008

Peony Pods

It's seed collecting time, and these pods are fascinating.  The one on the left is Paeonia anomala, and fairly typical of Peony seed pods.  That on the right is P. mlokosewiczii, the yellow Peony, and the seeds are nestled in what looks like pleated red silk.  I'd love to know what evolutionary advantage there is to such colorful extravagance.  The seeds are about the size of peas or large corn kernels.  As both plants were in flower in the same bed at the same time, it will be interesting to see if there was any cross pollination---in about 6 years' time!

September 2, 2008

Family Tree

Here's a nice photo of my great-grandmother; proof the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  She was a Swedish immigrant who was a farmer both there and here, and in her diaries every spring there is an entry "I plant my svit peas".  The caption reads "Home from the carrot field".