Garden Flowers, Wild Flowers and Trees
Increasingly the positive effects of nature on mental well-being are being recognised and measured. This may be as simple as working in the garden, going for a walk or visiting a wildlife reserve or formal garden. For many people the experience is enriched by knowing and learning more about the flowering plants and trees that they see or grow. This site has been designed to provide that information to gardeners, horticulture and biology students and anyone who enjoys looking at flowers and trees in the garden, countryside, local woodlands or urban areas. It explains how flowers work, how they have evolved and how they are now classified into families. Important families, such as Iris, Lily and Daffodil are illustrated. Botanical terms are explained using images and non-technical terms. An eBook has just been published by the author which gives much more information. The site also uses images and text extracted from two iPad apps and a print book, to explain how to identify trees. It shows the difference between Broadleaf and Conifer trees and includes some simple keys, based on 12 characteristics such as leaf shape, buds, thorns, bark, catkins, cones, white flowers, and summer fruit, to aid identification. It uses close-up photographs to show features which botanists use in tree recognition.