The Tjipetir mystery and plant taxonomy

The Tjipetir mystery and plant taxonomy

Peter Wilkie, intrepid Sapotaceae botanist, has been blowing the trumpet for plant taxonomy in an article entitled What’s in a name? A mass of analysis in The Scotsman news paper. The article compares the Tjipetir Mystery, in which rubber blocks stamped with the word “Tjipetir” have been washing ashore on the Atlantic coast with the […]

Yellowhammer, yet another bird for the Garden's list

Yellowhammer, yet another bird for the Garden’s list

On 3 January 2015, Gavin Powell, one of the RBGE Visitor Welcome team, spotted an unusual bird with bright yellow head perched on brambles opposite the Cryptogamic Garden. It was a Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella), an unusual visitor to town gardens and the first record of this species for RBGE. This was the first new Garden […]

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: JANUARY

What to do in your fruit and vegetable garden in Scotland: JANUARY

Happy New Year! Jobs in the garden at any time of the year are weather dependant. If you are planning activities then it is a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast and react accordingly. If the weather is mild there are tasks that can be done during the winter. However if […]

Hygrophorus hypothejus- the Herald Of Winter

Hygrophorus hypothejus- the Herald Of Winter

The appearance of Hygrophorus hypothejus- commonly known as The Herald of Winter- traditionally signals the beginning of winter and the end of the mushroom season. Hygrophorus mushrooms- commonly known as the Woodwaxes- are closely related to the grassland loving Hygrocybes or Waxcaps. Hygrophorus and Hygrocybe mushrooms are characterised by their often brightly coloured caps and […]