Christmas Not-a-Spruce Tree and Summer Solstice Foxglove
NOTICE: Correction to the true identity of this tree forthcoming!
This Christmas tree was planted about ten years ago, an evergreen (not a spruce) tree Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) which surprised us in 2009 with flowers, and in 2010 with its first cones (which I’m pretty sure turn red-purple as they mature).
Like the native evergreens, this tree is slowly and steadily emerging from the protective understory of Red alders. I’ve seen this tree provide a home for spiders, caterpillars, tree frogs, and birds, but one never knows what’s hiding in this shady corner of the yard.
The adjacent foxglove (Digitalis) are coincidentally in their first year of flowering. These plants have been working up the gumption to blossom for at least four years, possibly longer, and shine in late sunlight with purple, pink, and white.
Now is the time for seeds to quietly form and ripen for the autumn.
Celebrate Plants with Botanical Blog Carnivals
Join in the green festivities online with two lush blog carnivals:
The Festival of the Trees
First, high thee hence to The Organic Writer blog where Yvonne Osborne has prepared an inspiring forest-garden for every wanderer at The Festival of the Trees 49: Favorite Trees.
Happy Birthday, Festival of the Trees! Since July 2006 the Festival of the Trees has been celebrating all things arboreal online with the participants and hosts from around the world.
Join us for Issue #50: Trees Through a Child’s Eyes, hosted by Roberta Gibson at the Growing with Science Blog.
Roberta asks that we consider submitting child-friendly posts. Ideas include sharing bark rubbings, children’s drawings of trees and leaves, ideas for or photographs of tree houses, nature journals with tree themes, photos from a favorite walk through the woods, science experiment ideas, etc. If you want some serious inspiration, she suggests you take a look at Rachel Carson’s book THE SENSE OF WONDER.
You can read details about issue #50 here, and the easy submission information is included below:
Host: Growing With Science Blog
Deadline: July 29
Email to: growingwithscience [at] gmail [dot] com – or use the contact form
Theme: Trees through a child’s eyes
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email
Berry Go Round
To begin, enjoy issue #29 of Berry Go Round at the Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog, which brings us “11 blog posts about plants that you really must read.”
This July Berry Go Round issue #30 visits Brainripples and opens its garden gates to intersections of arts and sciences throughout the plant kingdom.
Berry Go Round is a celebration of all things botanical, which encourages lively discussions about plants, their natural history, life cycle, growth habit and other related topics. I’m asking participants to expand this discussion to apply concrete botanical information to your personal interactions with plants, and allow yourselves to be inspired, to create, and to share.
Scientists and laypeople alike are encouraged to investigate not only the physiological and ecological aspects of a plant, but also a plant’s relationship to you, people, culture, place, art, dreams, and beyond.
Deadline: July 28
Email to: trees [at] brainripples [dot] com (or use the BGR submission options here)
Themes: Stretch yourself – incorporate botanical observations with artistic reflections
Important! Put “Berry Go Round” in the subject line of your email
Recap: What’s a Blog Carnival?
If you’re still scratching your head, and you want to participate, here’s a little help…
Botanical Blog Carnival Participation in four easy steps:
Step 1: Blog about plants, trees, and all things botanical (or create other content/media, and share it online)
Step 2: Send us the link (see above for each blog carnival’s submission information)
Step 3: Spread the word (tell your friends)
Step 4: Enjoy!
Blog carnivals are published on a regular schedule, usually at a different Host blog for each issue. The Festival of the Trees and Berry Go Round are each published once per month. To find additional Nature Blog Carnivals, visit the Nature Blog Network.