Wednesday, August 22, 2012

need help !

anybody know a trusted website for scientific name of plants? i need it to be complete not just for some plants. I searched in google there are lots, but not complete. I need it to have complete taxonomic order information from kingdom to species an subspecies and .... !!!!
any idea?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Iran Floristique Trip

I had a wonderful floristic trip to Iran for sampling some plant, here you can see some photos:
http://www.netbaran.com/gallery
check the albums "Iran floristic trip" album 1 to 4

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens



The Marianne North Gallery in Kew Gardens is the only gallery in the UK in which all the work on display was produced by one female artist. The gallery was re-opened in 2009 after a full architectural refurbishment, restoration of the paintings and the addition of interpretation tools. The film features words from curators who worked on this project and footage from the gallery's Community Outreach Celebration Day on October 11th 2009.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Molecular Genetics !

I couldn't write for a while because I was (and am) very busy in my laboratory. As some of you may know, I study Ecology and Plant Sciences. And now I am doing some DNA and molecular works on some plants in order to understand them more ! I want to continue this weblog in parallel to my works and share my experiences of the lab., and I hope you can help me with sharing your experiences also.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Al Ain Paradise in UAE

Today I received an email with lots of beautiful flower photos in a garden in Al Ain in Emirate which I share it here:

Al Ain Paradise is a garden in Al-Ain which is the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates. This garden had entered the Guinness World Records last year for having 2,426 hanging baskets in it.
The garden now occupies an area of 21,000 square metres including the corridors and walkways of the internal length of 2,400 metres approximately more than double its earlier size.
It now has 2,965 flower baskets, in addition to the flower pyramids.
A miniature Eiffel Tower, with a height of 12 metres and equipped with sophisticated lighting, has been erected to add more aesthetic value to the park. Al Ain Paradise also contains a 95 metre-long water stream.
It has been designed in the form of a natural rock dam where the water flows through in a circular course.

Edited:
http://www.alainenthusiast.com/weekend-fun/al-ain-paradise-hanging-gardens/

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Japanese allspice - Winter Sweet

Winter sweet or "Chimonanthus praecox" from "Calycanthaceae" family.
I love this shrub. We had this shrub in our garden when I was a little boy! It grows easily at north of Iran. Its propagation is easy with cutting. During the winter its beautiful flowers and its fragrance are fantastic !
Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Botanical Garden of Toulouse

Two days ago, I had a visit to Jardin des Plantes of Toulouse. It is created in 1730 by the Société des sciences de Toulouse (Society of Sciences of Toulouse), after some changes in location, it became both a large botanical garden and also a place where the poorest of the city could collect medicinal plants, growing to contain some 1,300 species, both local and acclimatised. By decree of July 27, 1808, Napoleon gave the grounds and the buildings of the garden to the city, and during the battle of Toulouse (April 10, 1814), the garden was used as artillery point. In 1885 the garden was slightly trimmed due to the construction of the Faculty of Medicine near the Allée Jules-Guesde, but at the same time it increased in size towards the Grand Allée. The garden was transformed for the arrival of the international exhibition of 1887, becoming a park.

The botanical garden, the Jardin botanique Henri Gaussen, is bordered by the Medical school, the Natural history museum, the Daniel-Sorano theatre and the Saint-Exupère church. The entrance door in the garden is a reconstitution of one of the doors of old Capitole, and dates back to 1886. The Northern door at Ozenne street was drawn by Virebent.
Unfortunately, my camera had a problem and I couldn't capture good photoes. Anyway there are some photoes for you. I hope you like them:

Cactaceae



Euphorbia


Crassula tetragona (Crassulaceae)
Tropical plants
Peperomia argyreia (Piperaceae)

Peperomia clusiifolia (Piperaceae)

Mimosa (Fabaceae)




Carnivore plants


Citrus sinensis
Capsicum annuum (Solanaceae)




Beschomeria yuccoides (Agavaceae)
  Agave americana (Agavaceae)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Some photos ...

Some plants of our Garden:
a kind of citrus:







Eryngium (my mom use this in food and I dont know in what kind of food and how !!!)

Peppers which captured by "Torshe-vaash" (persian name) which is used in dishes:


No need to caption!





Portulaca (Persian name: Khorfeh)




Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A problem !

It’s about 2 or 3 years that there are some strange insects in our garden which they were not like this, years ago. Unfortunately, their population were unbelievably much more than before in this year! They usually are very much after raining, and they come to the yard! I put some pictures here, and I hope you can help me to identifying and controlling them biologically. (I asked my neighbors, and they have the same problem!)






Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Holiday !

I was in holiday for 2 months and I just came back. and sorry that I coudln't come and write. Anyway I hope you like these photos:

My parents rice field in north of Iran:
 

From my parents small garden:


A kind of pepper and I dont know their real name, I hope you help :)





Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weeds


Yesterday, during my way to the university, as I was passing by a small piece of land which has lots of wild growing plants that we name most of them weeds, I noticed they are really beautiful! And I wonder when they grow in our garden or farm, we want to get rid of them in any way possible!
Are they really bothering or annoying? I think they are growing because the its their home, but we want to send them out, just because we want to plant our plants!
What do you think?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Global warming

How much do you know about Global warming? Have you ever thought that we are its cause?

What is global warming? 
Global warming is when the earth temperature rises.  It happens when greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, water vapor and methane) trap heat and light from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere, which increases the temperature.  This hurts many people, animals, and plants.

What is global warming effect on the environment?
It is melting the glaciers of poles and makes the sea rise, and when the sea rises, the water covers many low land islands and cities. And consequences ….

What causes global warming? 
There are many reasons for global warming.  One thing is electricity. Electricity causes pollution in many ways, some worse than others.  In most countries, fossil fuels such as oil and petroleum are burned to create electricity and many pollutants (chemicals or greenhouse gases that pollute the air, water, and land) are sent into the air.
We use the energy of electricity for, T.V., washing or drying clothes, car and …. , and when we are using them, we are causing more greenhouse gasses to be sent into the air.

What we should do to stop global warming?
1. Try carpooling or car sharing, and use the smallest, most fuel-efficient vehicle possible or try bicycle.
2. Change light bulbs to compact fluorescents or LEDs. Unplug computers, TVs and other electronics when not in use. Wash clothes in cold or warm (not hot) water. Dryers are energy hogs, so hang dry when you can! Look for the Energy Star® label when buying new appliances.
3. Buy organic and locally grown foods. Avoid processed items. Grow some of your own food. And eat low on the food chain — at least one meat-free meal a day — since 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from meat and dairy production.
4. Shorten  your garbage in any way possible.
5. If possible, use videoconferencing instead of air travelling!
6. And many other ways…

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Top 10 ways you can stop climate change

Recent natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis, are really natural?
Have you ever thought that you may have contributed to the creation of a tsunami?
How much do you know and understand the value of natural resources?
If you really want to stop your contribution in Climate change, follow this link: 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rain on the rose or Rose under the rain ?

I took this photo, about 3 years ago in my parents garden, it was raining and it was hard to focus ...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Dr. Beski an Iranian environmentalist


Gholamali Beski was born in 1931 in Iran/Sabzevar, He graduated from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 1966 with the degree of surgical expertise of women. And the same year he founded a Maternity Hospital. In 1970, he left the city to Golestan Forest. After many years living in the nature, his several chronic diseases, such as cataract and purulent bronchitis, back pain and skin problems were treated. He is a raw vegan, uses spring water for drinking, and 40 years did not use soap, he take a cold shower every day. He devoted all his property:  gardens, libraries and buildings, 23 hectares farm, greenhouses, animal husbandry and Maternity Hospital and ...
Please watch this video:
http://suprememastertv.com/es/movie_subt.php?bo_table=ee_es&wr_id=532&url=link1_0&show=ee&subt_cont=

Friday, May 6, 2011

cucurbit and Japanese medlar

I took these pix 1 year ago in my parents' small garden at north of Iran. I love this medlar, as it grows there easily, we had lots of it when I was a little boy and I remember I used to eat lots of them every day on trees.




And these plants are organic. (of course not 100%)