by Carola Dunn
There are a couple of botanical mystery series I have enjoyed: John Sherwood's Celia Grant books in particular; also Anthony Eglin's series; and Mary Freeman's, set in the Columbia Gorge. There are others I'm less familiar with. In fact, when I searched Amazon for Gardening Mysteries, my own Winter Garden Mystery popped up!
But recently, I've been getting some real plant mysteries solved, taking pictures and posting them on FB with a request for identification. This modest flower, for instance, grows down by the Willamette, where I walk every day:
This one grows nearby:
This one is a volunteer in my garden:
But this monstrosity is in the San Diego Botanic Garden. When I first saw it, I thought someone had dressed it up with Christmas ornaments, but it's all natural. It had a label, of course, which I didn't take note of (of course).
And this is a zoological mystery:
How many goslings--and how does she cope?