Botanics Sparrowhawks - Species Reproduction

Botanics Sparrowhawks – Species Reproduction

I haven’t posted for a wee while on the Sparrowhawks. To be honest it’s a quiet time of year for them and they are not the most showy of birds at the best of times. However I did catch a glimpse of one recently, my first sighting in the new year, on the 15th of […]

Reading between the rings: detecting competition between tundra shrubs using dendrochronology

Reading between the rings: detecting competition between tundra shrubs using dendrochronology

By Sandra Angers-Blondin, PhD student, School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh The Arctic is warming rapidly and, as a result, tundra plants are growing faster and colonising new environments. This “greening” of the tundra is expected to have important consequences on the ecology as well as on the energy and carbon budget of the Arctic, […]

Tracing the source of the Tjipetir mystery

Tracing the source of the Tjipetir mystery

Sometime ago while researching stories for the spring exhibition at the Gardens, Nature Mother of Invention, I came across the Tjipetir Mystery Facebook page. I was particularly interested in this page as it related to blocks of gutta percha, the latex produced by Palaquium gutta (Sapotaceae family), which will be one of the themes of […]

Gardener’s Kitchen – Leeks

Gardener’s Kitchen – Leeks

Leeks (Allium porrum) are a fantastic winter crop. They add depth and flavour to any number of slow cooked winter dishes. They are also very hardy and the right varieties can stand unscathed through out the winter months. Leeks require a long growing season, so if you want to have fresh leeks to eat in […]