photo by (Flickr/CCHarmon)
illustration via Engineering and Technology Magazine
Harnessing Solar Energy from Plants
According to Science World Report “Plants are tiny powerhouses. They have the amazing ability to convert sunlight into the energy that they need to conduct internal processes that allow them to survive. If it were possible to duplicate photosynthesis, a large number of the world’s energy problems could be solved. Now, scientists have made an important step forward when it comes to creating artificial photosynthesis. They’ve created a tiny “antenna” to collect sunlight that involves combining self-assembling DNA molecules with simple dye molecules.”
An article published in Wired magazine claims that “Scientists are researching the potential of photo microbial fuel cells, or photo-MFCs, which are essentially potted plants that act like miniature power plants and transform sunlight into electricity that can power iPads. They aren’t as efficient as traditional photovoltaic solar cells, but are more eco-friendly to manufacture.”
Jerusalem Sage is a great summer flower with a nice pop of color. Add heat-tolerant flowers and features to your yard and enjoy their beauty all summer. Tall stems of these Mediterranean natives are set with widely-spaced, hooded yellow flowers. Moisture-conserving thick, typically furry or hairy leaves are lance-shaped. Pretty planted with lavender and red hot poker (Kniphofia ‘Bressingham Comet’).
photo by Marla Meredith
Recipe via Family Fresh Cooking
Nothing is more refreshing for your 4th of July BBQ than homemade Popsicles.
Add organic edible flowers to the recipe and they are not only yummy, but beautiful to look at as well.
It is a super simple recipe and will satisfy the entire family.
• 16 ounces Cold Water
• 1 ounce Orange Blossom Water
• 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
• Plain Stevia Drops or your favorite natural sweetener to taste (Honey would be great too) You can use one full dropper of stevia.
• a handful of Organic Edible Flowers, rinsed and remove petals (Marigolds, dandelions, chive flowers, and basil flowers all can be grown in our woolly pockets)
Have pop molds handy and make sure you have room in your freezer. Combine water, orange blossom water and lemon juice. Sweeten to taste. Pour mixture into molds. Freeze without sticks and petals for about 1 hour. Remove from freezer and add flower petals. You can push them into the molds with the help of a long, skinny spoon or pop stick. Make sure the flowers are scattered throughout the pops. Add sticks and freeze for 2-3 hours more until solid.
We’re starting to see more instagram users tag #PlantsandPeople and that’s so exciting to see! Please keep sharing your wonderful photos with us and we’ll pick them to feature on our feed. Last week’s beautiful Plants & People photos on instagram by @bootzilla, @spirouzi, @jared_richard, @honeylakestudio, @lisaellisgardens, @akiremae, @dabito, @petiamphotos, @ivanglzgz, @nunoassis, and @maksym1.
The ZZ plant is one of our favorite plants! It’s low maintenance. It does well in low light. And its leaves always look Woolly shiny and bright! Happy weekend, Woollies! Now, go get some Zzs. Ha!