Pedagogy of the Plants

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Classroom Carnivore Blossom

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Click here to see last year’s blooms.

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April 7, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Hedge False Bindweed, Calystegia sepium

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These milky petals belong to a tenacious vine some states list as a noxious weed.

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January 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Trumpet Creeper Tsunami Hits Wrightsville Antique Shop

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July 4, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Trailing Ice Plant Flower, Delosperma cooperi

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July 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Dune Daisy Alien Spotted on New Smyrna Beach

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July 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Flowers in the Hood

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This afternoon I walked to school to check on our class vegetable bed and take some photos along the way.  During the school year, the morning walk takes between ten and fifteen minutes.  Avian neighbors’ songs become familiar, as do annual changes in foliage, and the comfortable smells of breakfast.   Continue the tour…

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June 17, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Passion Flower, Passiflora

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May 13, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula

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A second grade teacher from across the hall enjoys giving me a hard time for being vegan with multiple carnivorous plants in the classroom.  He also has a venus flytrap, so we decided to do a little pollinating.   See how it turns out…

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April 15, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Coastal Georgia Roadside Wildflowers

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March 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Strip Mall Shrubs and Carnies

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Dreamland Amusements’ carnie camp rests in the sun beyond a row of flowering shrubs.   Continue a bizarre tour of Dreamland’s amusements…

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March 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

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March 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Bell Song Daffodil, Narcissus jonquilla

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March 3, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Tenby Daffodil, Narcissus obvallaris

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March 3, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Winter Sun, Mahonia x media

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February 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

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February 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Persian Witch-hazel, Parrotia persica

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February 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm

White Calla Lily, Zantedeschia aethiopica

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Mr. calla lily lives in the shadow of a cemetery in Valparaiso, Chile.  His name comes from an Italian botanist, Giovanni Zantedeschia.

A group of artists tend this garden on the southwestern  side of the cemetery.  Beyond the lily grows an avocado, or “palta” plant.  A sculpture dries in the sun.

Valparaiso, Chile

Mentor and Apprentice

Much of the work here involves restoration of marble headstones and statues.

After exploring the graves, we discovered a stairway leading under the cemetery.

A Friendly Host

The cavernous, open-air studio consists of subsections for a variety of creative trades, from sculpture restoration, to mosaics.

Random curiosities like this mummified cat greet visitors.

Mummified Cat Biting a Dwarf

Valparaiso’s labyrinthian escaleras are an endless canvas for local artists.

Dogs and Cat

Graffiti Porteño, Valparaiso

Rickety funiculars cut the time it takes to scale Valparaiso’s steep hills.

The old funiculars are loud and rickety, yet strangely comfortable and familiar.  Listen to audio within a Valparaiso funicular on its way down:

Corn Plant, Dracaena fragrans

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Corn plants begin to flower around age five.  This seven year old flowered for the first time two years ago in December, and now stands at eight feet. The overwhelming fragrance is strongest at night (had to open a window). Read the rest of this entry »

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December 26, 2010 at 1:52 am

Strawberry Bush, Euonymus americanus

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This plant is known as “hearts-a-burstin'” down south.  Here’s a quote from “Good Houses,” by Athens singer-songwriter Madeline:

Good endless surprises.
Good reasons for waking.
Good friends are good family
with hearts over flowing
from kindness from strangers.
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December Sunflowers, Helianthus annuus

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Written by Cameron Brooks

December 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm