Saturday, April 30, 2011
The genus Brachyscome or Brachycome (without the “s”) is part of the Asteraceae family and includes mostly annual and perennial herbs native of Australasia. The genus name derives from the Greek brachys for “short” and kome for “hair” referring to the short bristles of the pappus or down of the seed. You might see the name Australian Daisy on the tag of Brachyscome hybrids in your local garden shop. The picture above is of the hybrid ‘New Amethyst’ – purchased recently. Last year we tried the hybrid ‘Blue Zephyr’ which proved to be a great deck plant for the Seattle summer. We over-wintered ‘Blue Zephyr’ in the ground and it is just starting to get new shoots.
Brachyscome 'New Amethyst' Potted
Page 217. Figure 583
Staminiferous flower of Laurel (Laurus nobilis). The perianth is in four divisions, the stamens in twelve, in three rows, some of them introse, others extrorse, opening by hinged valves, as shown in stamen, s. Near the base of the stamens peculiar double glands are seen.
Page 217. Figure 584.
Pistilliferous flower of Laurel (Laurus nobilis). The perianth has four divisions, there is a single pistil, and two abortive or rudimentary stamens.
A little terminology recap:
- Stamens are the male, pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower.
- Pistils are the female, ovule-bearing organ of a flower.
- Perianth is the outer envelope of a flower that consists of either the calyx or the corolla, or both.
- Anther is the pollen-bearing part of the stamen.
- Introse describes the condition when the faces of the anthers are toward the center of the flower.
- Extrose describes the condition when the faces of the anthers are towards the periphery of the flower.
So based on the help from the Class Book of Botany, some close up photos (shown below), and a jeweler’s loupe (to look at the flower parts up close) we think we have a female plant because our nobilis flower simply doesn’t have enough stamens to be male (according to the description above), except for two rudimentary ones.
Update: April 2013
It’s a female. Just a week ago during some pruning, we found a berry!
Friday, April 29, 2011
We’ve been on a bit of a mural binge around our neighborhood (Doric Lodge Mural, Still Life Coffee House Mural, Fremont “Fremont” Mural, 46th Street Mural, and the Aurora Bridge Mural) and we’d be seriously remiss if we didn’t mentioned some of the Henry murals. You can’t help but notice if you drive around Ballard, Fremont, or Wallingford – our usual stomping grounds – the large and colorful Henry murals. They have been painted into existence over the last few years in a variety of locations. The artist Ryan Henry Ward, in interviews, has said he has a goal of creating 50 murals in Seattle. His murals typically have oversized, whimsical creatures staring wide-eyed back at the viewer. Ward’s first mural (titled Save Our Wildlife below) is in Fremont, at the former Triangle Lounge (now called 9 Million Unmarked Bills). Unfortunately, it is located out back where the dumpsters are and it looks like it’s falling in a bit of disrepair. A newer Henry mural in Fremont exists now up just north of Uneeda Burger on Fremont Avenue between 43 and 44 streets. Noteworthy though in Fremont, is Ward’s Saint Francis Mural on the wall of the Episcopal Bookstore (3837 Stone Way North) depicting Saint Francis and a deer. For more on how that Saint Francis Mural came to be, watch this Emmy-nominated short documentary which provides a peek into the world of Henry.
A sampling of some of the Henry Murals in and around Fremont are shown below with the location of the nearest intersection.
Stone Way N and N 39th
A Goat With a Guitar and a Dog
Leary Way NW and NW 45th
The Location Before the Mural
8th Ave NW and NW 45th
Emerald City Gardens
Leary Way NW and NW 40th
Robots – On the Side of Short Stop Coffee
Leary Way NW and NW 40th
Save Our Wildlife
Evanston Ave N and N 35th
Update: June 2011 – The mural was painted over dark gray! Sad day for Fremont. Hope it returns.
Fremont Ave N, between 43rd and 44th
Knickerson St and Florentia St
Walruses on Bikes
8th Ave NW and NW 67th St
Gnome and Butterfly
1/2 block north of 8th Ave NW and NW 70th St
Camels and Pyramid
8th Ave NW and NW 74th St
Beavers - Shop Local
1/2 block east of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th
Said to be #53 of the Henry Murals
1 block north of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th
Woodlawn Ave N and N 35th St
Ballard Sloop Tavern Wall
NW 54th St and NW Market St
Fremont Garage and Foundation
Baker Ave NW and NW 42nd St
Homegrown Sandwich Shop Bathroom
3416 Fremont Ave North