In 2021, the enchanting Madrigal family hit our screens in Disney's 60th film, Encanto. Here we meet the plants featured in Isabela's song "What else can I do?", including a stunning orchid, the "exam tree", an obligate mutualist, carnivory and a tree that could be the inspiration behind the Madrigal candle!
LGBTQ+ Botanists in Pride Month: Vita Sackville-West
This week, we're taking a peak into the illustrious life of the "best-selling, bisexual baroness" Vita Sackville-West who, despite living in the 1920's, was determined to prove that love could be between a woman and a man or a woman and a woman, and sometimes both at once.
The birth flower of January: Snowdrop
When I think of January, I think of snow. Fitting, then, that the birth flower of this month is the dainty, white Snowdrop. This hopeful little plant has flowers that are more than just beautiful.
The birth flower of November: Chrysanthemum
As we move towards winter, Chrysanthemums, the birth flower of November, provides much needed light and warmth. It's almost as if it was designed to remind us of the suns imminent return.
Road tripping around England: West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire
In my final road trip post (for now) I’ll cover a few of the plants I spotted in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Leicestershire including an early Christmas present, a butterfly friendly beauty and a quietly reliable flower.
The birth flower of October: Marigold
October marks the beginning of my favourite season. The days get colder, jumpers get woolier and drinks get warmer. It's perfect, then, that warming Marigolds are the birth flower for October. But what is a Marigold?
In the garden with Waheed Arshad
Dr Waheed Arshad is a Botanical Data Specialist from Candide Gardening. From pressing plants at school to graduating with a PhD, Waheed's journey as a botanist has been incredibly interesting, and he's just getting started.
What do you mean it’s not a plant?!
If it looks like a plant and it acts like a plant, it could be an animal, algae or fungus. Organisms are beautifully diverse, but sometimes the lines between them can be blurry and it's not until you look at their micro-structures that you realise they're not the same at all.
Plant science in The Legend of Zelda
In the Legend of Zelda, Link can interact with many plants, using some in food and elixirs to increase his strength and battle others as "final bosses". In this post, we're going to explore three plants from different games in the Legend of Zelda sseries and meet their real-life counterparts.
Plant science in enchanted forests
Enchanted forests have amazed and inspired us for generations. Whether they offer sanctuary, danger or adventure, once the protagonist steps foot within a forest, you know you're in for a wild ride. From breathing forest floors to bizarrely shaped trees, in today's post, we'll explore some real-life, fantasy forests that feel like the stuff of legends.