Tag Archives: Garden

Botanical beauty

A sunny spring day brought me to the botanical garden in Meise, close to Brussels. An amazing garden with picturesque views behind every corner. A friend of mine makes it a point to stroll through the botanical garden of each … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium, General | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring

Spring is on its way, I promise! I went to Portugal to check it out for you myself. If you want to know why I was there, check out my previous post. Even that far south, spring seemed to be … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The modern botanist

For what it’s worth: I tried out this new fancy smartphone app called Pl@ntNet, and as a plant ecologist, I can happily give it my seal of approval. Everybody who has only the most remote interested in plants, stay tuned … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Forest variation

Small-scale variation. It is a super important part of my research. I mostly look at it from a human perspective: how humans can disturb an ecosystem and change the whole hidden set of abiotic and biotic factors that drive these systems with … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open for discussion

To know what will happen to ecosystems in a changing world, we need to know the fate of the nutrients within them, like carbon and nitrogen. To know the fate of these nutrients, we need to know how they are distributed and … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Showing off

Some plants put in an awful lot of effort to look good, a case beautifully illustrated by this blue passion flower. There is a tremendous amount of energy needed to make flowers, even if there is no need for them to look … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Raging storm

On thursday evening, a massive cold front rolled over Belgium, accompanied by dark and dangerous clouds and severe thunderstorms. Of course I was worried about my greenhouse, although we had attached it as good as we could. But it had been having … Continue reading

Posted in Belgium | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment