Plant/Animal Relationships - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The relationship between bees and flowers is called symbiosis. means they transfer the pollen made by one flower of one plant to the flower of another plant. A mutualistic relationship is when two organisms of different species "work One example of a mutualistic relationship is that of the oxpecker (a kind of bird) and the In this mutualistic relationship, the bees get to eat, and the flowering plants . Plants make and propagate with seeds. It isn't a symbiotic relationship since that is inter-species. Many plants have symbiotic relationships with insects (bees.
The plant is found all throughout North America, with the exception of the Arctic islands and Greenland Theiret Fragaria virginiana uses photosynthesis to produce the sugar it uses for energy.
Its root system is dense and fibrous and occurs near the soil surface Solomon The roots radiate outward and downward in all directions Solomon The root system forms a symbiotic relationship with endomycorrhizal bacteria Hilty Wild strawberry flowers from April to June and fruits soon after flowering Anderson, et al. Fragaria virginiana spreads by seed as well as by short rhizomes and leafless stolons Anderson, et al.
Bees are the most important pollinator for the wild strawberry, and the seeds are also spread by interaction with birds and mammals Hilty The fruit produced by Fragaria virginiana is one of the finest and sweetest of wild strawberries. The edible portion of the strawberry is the central portion of the flower, known as the receptacle.
The receptacle enlarges with maturity and becomes covered with the fruits Thieret Baskauf Defenses and Natural Enemies: Fragaria virginiana is eaten by mammals such as the White-tailed deer, the Eastern Cottontail rabbit, and several species of squirrels, as well as birds such as the American Robin, the Northern Cardinal, and Northern Mockingbird.
The flowers attract pollinators like bees, flies, and small butterflies Hilty The caterpillars of several species of moths feed on the leaves and flowers of Fragaria virginiana Hilty The Portola woodrat native to California and the valley quail also eat the fruit and leaves of Fragaria virginiana Anderson, et al. Cultivated strawberries are hybrids developed from the native Fragaria virginiana and a South American strawberry Theiret There is even a tomato plant growing in a palm pot next to petunias….
I could even see the flowers blooming. This must have been the seed from compost. More signs of great health. After giving them plant food 2 weeks ago I could see more flowers and fruits are coming up.
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They have organized a plant swop last Friday at The Markers Market. Now see this is another bonus of being a gardener. One gets a chance to connect with wonderful, positive, community-orientated people.
I came with pots of matured tomatoes and was so delighted to come home with beautiful water plants hyacinth, lettuce and papyrusoregano, mint, red sweet soil and rain lilies. We got this from a toy shop many years ago and filled the container with either water or sand. Isabela used to have so much fun playing as a toddler inside this pool. Now we have at least 6 fruits everyday! Can anyone spare me some? Is it the magpie in me? Or is it the gardener in me?
Or is it both?
Seeing these boxes at a garbage corner almost made me sad. But I quickly recovered from this emotion! Yes I can still do something. I quickly watered the plants, hoping to scatter them everywhere. Marigolds are great companion plants. They may survive, they may not… but they deserve a chance. Plus I get to keep the boxes and re-use them to grow my seeds. Cheap thrills of life. Guacamole avocado, onions, lime juice, garden coriander, salt and pepper ; green salad iceberg lettuce from my garden, arugula, baby beet leaves, tossed in lemon, olive oil, rock salt, pepper sauce dressing, sprinkled with squash and chia seeds ; baby beetroot salad tossed in pomegranate juice reduction, olive oil, salt and pepper; cherry tomatoes; caremelized carrot with honey; fresh whole wheat bread, with butter of course; goat cheese.
Finished off with a simple apple and quince crumble with heavy cream, baking while we enjoy the salads. We might live in the desert but we are so blessed to have hardworking farmers in the region who work very hard so that they can share their harvest to the community.
Who are we to turn our backs? What weather this week! First there was sunshine, then rain, followed by hailstorm. It may sound dramatic to those living outside the UAE but for us this is another reason to rejoice. Despite heavy traffic and accidents we saw lots of happy faces on the roads and wonderful images on social media.
This week I felt that my plants experienced quite a combo of emotions as well, just like the weather. At the beginning of the week there were sad strawberries as they were being eaten by birds before they even reached their prime. This is my first time to grow the fruit so I still have a lot to learn about strawberries. Once I put the netting on we managed to pick strawberries every other day.
It was 3am on Monday when we got woken up by thunder and lighting. There was heavy rain, very strong wind, then all of a sudden a strange ticking sound on our roof. I thought of my garden. A quick garden check the morning after, I was amazed to see the branches of tomatoes, all bruised up by hail.
Leaves were torn, stems broken and 2 plants fell due to strong wind. But apart from this, thank goodness our plants and trees are healthy and sturdy enough to remain standing, hardly deterred by this temporary phenomenon.
Strong as they are, the tomatoes continue to bear flowers… a positive sign that soon, very soon we will see the fruits. This week we also had the second harvest of lettuce and cucumber number 5! I stumbled upon a Facebook group of garden enthusiasts in the UAE and I have been a member for the last 4 days.
The group organizes events for plant swaps which I think is a great initiative and also helps build the community. We swapped plants — I gave her a pot of lemon grass and she gave me rocket seeds. In just a week the rocket leaves came out!
Both bananas and mint seem to be in better shape these days. One of the 2 papaya trees which I planted last week seemed to have suffered stress resulting to a few dried leaves. Is it because of so much water? Was it the travel from Warsan to my place? Or is it not the best spot to plant it? It could be anything, I need to watch it closely. The cherry tomatoes are in great shape next to basil and coriander. I fill the gaps with carrots and onions… and why not whole garlic cut the upper part just to expose the garlic, drizzle with olive oiladd half a cup of water or broth.
All these added fillers will caramelize and give that sweet hint to the dish. I have so many fun memories with her — she was a great cook and to me a unique artist and she loved strawberries. Awkward, but we discovered quickly that there was a place where we could actually communicate — the kitchen! In one of our early holidays in France the family went to a strawberry field in a small village to buy strawberries.
Over there you pay for strawberries, the farmer gives you a basket and you PICK the strawberries. My parents-in-law and husband were in stitches.
Are we not supposed to remove the plants? My husband imports equipment from Europe so he receives palettes on a regular basis. He brought me these ones so I could recycle them for my plants.
Last year my salads were happy in these palettes. They are perfect for the strawberries and herbs that do not have deep roots. The tomatoes showed remarkable growth after just 6 weeks.
Flowers are blooming and fruits should show within a couple of weeks, crossing my fingers. Some are planted on soil bed and some share space in rectangular pots.
I like to offer gifts with my personal touch. This herb featured quite prominently in our kitchen this week. I added coriander stems to flavour the home-made tomato sauce which we always make in bulk and freeze for future use. Steamed seabass with treasures from our garden coriander, spring onions, lemon grass, fresh green chili lime, salt and pepper; drizzled with sauce made of reduced coconut milk and sweet tamarind was simply divine.
We had it with plain white rice and sprinkled with black sesame seeds.
I have coriander planted on soil bed, protected from the sun by tomatoes and chilies and because of this ideal environment I will have more chance to harvest coriander leaves for a longer time. On the other hand, I have coriander planted on a separate pot which is exposed to more sun and higher soil temperature. This in effect will make the coriander produce flowers and seeds very rapidly. Although this will result to poor growth of leaves, I can collect the seeds and plant afterwards.
Fruits are continuing to grow, slowly but surely. We have already enjoyed a few fruits earlier but this batch requires little more time.
In Philippines, like in most Asian countries, Calamondin is widely cultivated. We prefer to use the small citrus fruit at their unripened green state. The juice and the peel of Calamondin or Kalamansi as we call it is used in many different ways: In North America Calamondin is grown primarily as ornamental plant. The red ones are dried and kept in a container for future use. Welcome baby Lemongrass plant. The cucumber is doing perfectly fine. If you recall on my recent update I bought this plant with cucumbers already growing.
This photo shows how amazing the cucumber grew in just 4 days!
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We had one with our salad over the weekend and what a delight! Juicing is the best way to consume the remaining two, and there are so many great recipes available. We have tried cucumber juice before with apple and ginger; water melon; strawberry; apple and carrot. Papaya reminds me of so many childhood memories growing up as a child in Philippines. I would love this tree to be a part of my garden in Dubai — my wonderful home for nearly 23 years.
Another new addition in our greens is the lettuce. I ran out of pots and ground space so I used the boxes, recovered from our community supermarket. The lettuce cost me Dhs. I have 3 boxes of beautiful lettuce plants for Dhs.
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Plus the big bonus of all—therapeutic experience for free! Are you also growing your herbs and vegetables? How is your experience? Do you have any tips for us? The tomatoes are now at their exciting stage, most have robust stems and the leaves are lush and deep green. I could see lots of suckers small shoot that grows in the crotch joint of two branches and I have always preferred to remove them as they take energy away from the rest of the main tomato plant.
Growing the suckers also add too much volume and weight with less benefit. Healthy plants are not immune to pests and diseases. Looking at the lower part I noticed white winding trails on leaves.
This means that I have the first common unwanted visitors partaking nutrients from my plants — leaf miners!! These are oldest leaves which are usually the first to develop fungus problems. As the plants grow the bottom leaves get less sun and because they are close to the ground, they have more risk of catching soil-bourne pathogens. Garden experts advise pruning for better production — more tomatoes, bigger tomatoes and more flavourful tomatoes. The upper parts of my plants are more pleasant to look at.
Plants have natural substances in their roots, flowers, leaves etc. In essence companion planting helps bring a balanced eco-system allowing nature to do its job.
This reminds me of my Biology class back in the days when we learnt about symbiotic relationship. I am definitely going to try. It deters tomato worms, keeps soil free from nematodes and discourages many insects. Plant freely throughout the garden. A game that entertains and educates.
We did this with my daughter and her friends… what a great way to keep them busy and engaged for a few minutes! Say hello to Mr. For this reason I chose to buy a matured one with cucumbers already in it. For now we are attracted to the ornamental side of it.