Raising a stink over rare flower
Morticia, better known as the Franklin Park Zoo’s “corpse flower,” is now in full bloom, making it quite a sight — and a smell — to behold. The amorphophallus titanum, whch gives off an odor similar to rotting flesh, is available for viewing (and smelling) at the zoo’s greenhouse.
(Franklin Park Zoo)
The long, strange quest to detect plant consciousness
Charles Darwin and L. Ron Hubbard have something in common: they wanted to know what was going on between the leaves.
(ISTOCKPHOTO/GLOBE STAFF ILLUSTRATIONS)
Goats target invasive plants in Wellesley
In an unusual method of invasive plant management, the town of Wellesley hired a team of goats to combat the invasive species that have been thriving at the Boulder Brook Reservation over the last two years.
(Mark Wilson for the Boston Globe)
Set a container of fresh herbs in a sunny window
- There’s nothing like the flavor that fresh herbs add to dishes. It’s why restaurants such as Rendezvous in Cambridge, 51 Lincoln in Newton, and dbar in Dorchester grow their own on their premises, and why Poor Richard’s Almanack proclaimed “Much Virtue in Herbs, Little in Men.”
(KAYANA SZYMCZAK FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
Early spring means early garden chores
- With spring on fast-forward, so are garden chores and activities. Suddenly, there’s a lot to get done. (ISTOCK)
In an artist’s garden
- Whimsical, handmade creations decorate the grounds at this summer cottage beside the Westport River.
A spring frost could doom early blooms
- A sudden plunge in temperatures could have dire consequences for trees, animals, and crops following an abnormally warm winter and early blooming.
Can a visit to the Flower Show help her learn to love gardening?
- One woman visits the Flower Show on a quest to keep even one plant alive.
Mild weather has green thumbs springing to life
- Consistently mild weather is winding the internal clocks of gardens ahead of season as some plants begin to bud and flower.
Latin names: Gravitas ad infinitum
- Would a”Rosa rubiginosa” by another name smell as sweet? We may have a chance to find out; since Jan. 1, newly discovered plant species no longer need to be fully described in Latin to be considered valid, as they have been for centuries.