Beyond flowers, I think plant tendrils are one of the most beautiful things that develop in the garden. We've had a lot of spiraling tendrils twisting and turning this week. It turns out that scientists and botanists have been interested in this phenomena since Darwin! Just a few years ago, researchers unlocked some of the mysteries of cucumber tendril spiraling. Their discoveries are explained in this episode of Science Friday:
Once I learned more about cucumber tendrils, I noticed the same peculiar winding on my lemon cucumber vines!
|Lemon cucumber tendrils ©SBF 2015|
Another one of my favorites is the morning glory. I love to watch as they slowly spiral up the trellis.
|Morning glories ©SBF 2015|
Here is a time-lapse video of morning glories in motion.
Roger Hangarten is a researcher at Indiana State University with a particular interest in plant motion and time-lapse video. Visit his site, Plants in Motion, for some other fascinating plant video!
The scientific term for the winding and bending movement in plants is: nutation. Where are you seeing nutation in your garden?
What else is "growing" on?
|Tomato blossoms! ©SBF|
|Gourd tendrils ©SBF 2015|
|Flowers of Week 16! ©SBF 2015|
|Lettuces ©SBF 2015|
|Basil, for pesto and to keep the tomato hornworms away! ©SBF 2015|
|More tomato blossoms in the garden. Can't wait for veggies! ©SBF 2015|