I don’t have the words this morning, but I’ll start with thankful because it’s the only place I know to. To put myself out there and have it well received is such an incredible feeling. Thanks to each of you for being here in whatever capacity you choose to be. It’s all support, and I’m incredibly grateful for it.
This lovely roadside wildflower was plucked in the dead of winter in Southeast Colorado. I just had to bring it home along with a few others. (Imagine the girl on the plane that demands to hold a large agave seed pod shoot the whole way so it doesn’t get crushed in the overhead bin 😆). I cast her into sterling silver here in my studio and set her in one of my granulated shadow boxes. She’s still looking for her forever home and would prefer someone that will take her for long walks on the beach 😂
Happy Friday ya’ll sending you all the ❤️
Amazing picnic lunch with wild plants we gathered. The lush rainbow salad is topped with Chrysanthemum petals and Judas tree flowers and the sauces are made with wild mustard, wild za’atar and wild dill. The focus of the botany lesson was Fabaceae which in Hebrew is פרפרים or butterflies and by beautiful chance I made a banana cake in the shape of a butterfly. 🌱🌸🌼🦋❤️
Try your hand at stamping goshuin (travel stamps) in our current exhibit, “Sakura Orihon: Diary of a Cherry Blossom Journey.” It is a popular pastime of travelers to collect souvenir stamps in small books called goshuincho. The stamps are available at museums, parks, castles, temples, and many other places in Japan. Originally, these spiritual “passports” gave evidence of visitations to temples and sacred sites. More information on the exhibit is available at the link in bio.
🌱Happy spring! We are observing how beans sprout. Today we put them in the window with some water, let's see how long it takes them to grow! Maybe Mark and I can grow our green thumbs in the meantime 😉
Animal NOD-like receptors (NLRs) provide structural insights into plant NLR function (Now FREE Access)
Since the characterisation of the gene-for-gene concept in plant disease resistance by Flor in the 1940s, resistance (R) genes have played a central role in breeding resistant crops. Gene-for-gene resistance is now known to be the result of the effector-triggered immunity response in plants. Molecular characterisation of R proteins reveals that they function analogously to the intracellular NOD-like receptors (NLRs) of the animal innate immune system, and are therefore typically referred to as plant NLR proteins.
Bentham et al. compare the structural and functional characteristics of plant and animal NLRs, and draw upon the more extensive structural information available for animal NLRs to help reconcile the current structural and biochemical knowledge available for plant NLRs.
You can get the paper at the link below - or click the link in our biography and find a clickable link on our Tumblr.
Bentham, A., Burdett, H., Anderson, P. A., Williams, S. J., & Kobe, B. (2016). Animal NLRs provide structural insights into plant NLR function. Annals of Botany, mcw171. https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcw171
Image: Model for signalling by cooperative assembly formation (SCAF) of plant NLRs. It's a long and complex explanation so if you're interested the best place to look is the paper.
En nuestro Garden Center podrás encontrar las semillas que estabas buscando! Recuerda que la elección de una semilla de calidad dará una buena cosecha o una maravillosa planta. ¡Te espera una gran variedad! // In our Garden Center you can find the seeds you were looking for! Remember that the choice of a quality seed will give a good harvest or a wonderful plant. A great variety awaits you!
One of my favorite genera of plants and, in my opinion, one of the easiest to recognize in the summertime is the St. John’s wort’s genus, Hypericum. This is the standard flower of most St. John’s wort showcased here on a shrubby Saint John’s wort (Hypericum prolifericum). I love it because it’s so beautiful but also because of the interesting medicinal properties it has been used for throughout history. These plants contain hypericin and hyperforin. These, and other chemical compounds, make St. John’s wort a remedy for a multitude of ailments including: reducing inflammation, menstrual pains and depression. How hyperforin helps with depression is that it is a potent uptake inhibitor of serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, GABA and L-Glutamate. The plant’s purified chemicals have been scientifically tested and are reputable in contained experiments. However, like many herbal remedies, there are other chemicals that can interact with your body and actually create harmful situations such as rashes and pain for some individuals. Herbal remedies also aren’t regulated in dosages because of the random concentration throughout plant tissues. In one plant you may find 0 mg of hyperforin while in another 80 mg, which could potential cause negative side effects. #hypericum#hypericumprolificum#shrubbysaintjohnswort#plants#nature#yellow#flowers#botany#herbalife#herbalremedies#stjohn#stjohnswort#stamens#forest#naturegram#medicine#naturalmedicine#depression#inflamation#chemicals#serotonin#dopamine
This is a picture from one of our previous foraging walks. Summer chanterelles are gourmet mushrooms that can be found at stores like Whole Foods, as well as specialty markets. The good news is, these can also be found growing right here in West Florida. Shoot us a message if you’re interest in wild foods or sustainable foraging!