Knowing certain plant and tree terminology will help beginners when they are learning about plants and trees. Here are a number of common terms or words that you may encounter. Continue reading
Pollination is the act of pollen being moved from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another flower of the same species. That is the simple explanation of it, but I will go into a bit more detail below. Continue reading
The basic parts of a flower include the petals, sepals, stamen, and pistil. Here is a simple diagram showing those main parts of a flower along with a short description of the function of each.
Flowers are so beautiful, but they do not last very long. One fun way to solve that problem is by pressing flowers. Pressing flowers will allow you and your kids to enjoy them, study them or make fun art projects with them. Continue reading
There are hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers in the Rocky Mountains. This includes many common wildflowers such as Lupine and Columbine. Different kinds of wildflowers grow at different elevations and aspects, similar to how different trees grow better and dominate at different elevations. Continue reading
All forms of life do something in order to survive winter in the Rocky Mountains – many animals choose to migrate, hibernate, or adapt. Trees can’t migrate, so they drop all their leaves and go dormant, which is similar to hibernating.
But, what about all the other plants that are in the landscape – mainly what happens to those beautiful meadows of wildflowers? Continue reading
Like all living things plants need food in order to survive. But, unlike most, plants can make their own food. Plants use sunlight to create their own food through a process called photosynthesis, which means building with light. Photosynthesis = building with light Continue reading
Early summer is a fantastic time of year to get outside and go for a walk with your kids and explore the Rocky Mountains. The mountains, which have been covered with snow for months, are now covered with green and wildflowers are starting to bloom. At this time of year there may still be snow at the higher elevations or in patches on the shady north facing slopes of mountains. Continue reading