From the monthly archives: October 2009

On October 22, The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia played host for a symposium entitled Darwin and Botany in a Changing World: 150 Years after The Origin of Species. I had originally tried to see if the education department would let the students attend this event as a field trip, but since the summer […]

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Random fun facts: – Not all butterfly gardens have to just be butterfly bush and perennials; have a tree! In the fall Heptacodium attracts butterflies with the flowers sweet nectar. – Some nursery catalogs have labeled this tree as the “crepe myrtle for the northern US”. Although I suppose I can see the resemblance, I […]

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Plant: Cuphea ignea

On October 16, 2009 By

Random fun fact: – The meaning of ignea in Latin is ‘glowing’ or ‘on fire’. Of course referring to the flowers, which really do look like burning cigars! The Specs: Family: Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family) Genus: Cuphea Species: ignea Common Name: Cigar flower, fire-cracker plant, cigar plant Region of Origin/Nativity: Mexico Characteristics: Is a mounding and […]

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Until November 22, 2009 Longwood Gardens will have this display running. I know in some ways its meant mostly for the kids to enjoy, but I love it! (Maybe its just that I’m a big kid… haha) Here is a link to Longwood Garden’s description of the seasonal display – Longwood Railroad I’ll try and […]

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