Master of Ag Science student at UniMelb, nature lover, coffee enthusiast.
Husband to @ieatpuffin.
Melbourne - Singapore
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13/3/18 Cucurbit trials for different stress tolerance. Probably bad greenhouse design, but a sight in 3pm light.
13/3/18 Someone's cactus collection in the glasshouse looking pretty sharp. #foliagefriday #plantpuns
13/3/18 When your glasshouse neighbour's project probably taste better than yours. Could literally smell the sweet fragrance of this 'Albion' variety from a distance away, but resisted popping one in the name of science.
13/3/18 Pretty far from any form of growing without a garden to wake up to, but this probably comes close. Daily visits to the glasshouse after lectures to check on the Canola seedlings, getting wet and running away from auto-sprinklers, messing around with the group-mates and staying way too long checking out the other plant breeding projects. Good days.
11/3/18 #Mondaymood when it's a labour day long weekend and half the city is closed but it isn't a holiday on campus.
5/3/18 Still early days on campus but I was sold at this scene. #morningslikethese at The University of Melbourne
2/3/18 “What would men be without women? Scarce, sir… mighty scarce.”
— Mark Twain
Appreciating the many great women that have coloured and shaped my life. Happy International Women's Day! at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
28/2/18 No motivation needed to wake up on time with #morningslikethese. Only trouble is getting out of bed away from #sunrise scenes like this. at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
21/2/18 Perks of having a public campus. Washed process heirloom filter from the Yachi Kachise co-operative, Agaro, Jima zone, Ethiopia. The co-operative gathers and processes coffee from small-scale farmers, before sale through the regional Kata Muduga union, ensuring fairer payment. Many coffee co-operatives benefit the local community by sharing growing resources, having a common marketing channel, and re-investing earnings in local infrastructure and education. at Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee
21/2/18 Summer sunrise that was quite dramatic. #morningslikethese at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
17/2/18 A eutrophic pond - which probably means bad things - looking quite scenic in late afternoon light. Excess nutrients (specifically runoff nitrates and phosphate-bound sediments) from human activities accumulate in stagnant water bodies, causing cyanobacteria (or 'blue-green algae') blooms that starve the aquatic ecosystem below of oxygen (hypoxia), eventually altering the natural ecology. Oh shoot, that was meant for an assignment. Back to work. #soilscience #goodtoknow at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 Another double-take moment with this African Iris (Dietes bicolor). From afar, these blooms looked like butterflies sitting on the long, narrow leaves of a grassy plant - not exactly common to see flowers growing on leaves. On closer inspection, the flowers were sat on stalks interspersed among the leaves, and look very much like a fused three-flowered Okra bloom. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 Beautiful tri-colored heart-shaped leaves of Fish Mint (Houttuynia cordata var. 'Chameleon'). Spotted this intriguing culinary/medicinal plant in the herb garden at @royalbotanicgardensvic, and thought it looked more ornamental than edible. Turns out this unusual plant is native to Asia, and so called because it tastes fishy and pungent when eaten raw. Along with the leaves, stem and roots are also consumed in salads and rice paper rolls in South-east Asia. The plant also produces small white flowers that have a scent like orange or coriander, and these are dried with leaves to make a traditional herbal tea in Japan, Korea and China. A first seeing this most peculiar plant. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 African Lily (Agapanthus praecox), a native of South Africa and naturalized around the world. Not difficult to see why. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 The white flowers on this Deutzia gracilis 'Marmorata' only bloom in Spring, but these cream and green variegated leaves definitely make up for it in Summer. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 Quite possibly the most photogenic of the Philodendrons, and aptly named 'gloriosum'. Unreal. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 Silver Vase plant (Aechmea fasciata), an epiphytic Bromeliad with a distinctive pink flower that was worth more than a double-take. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
17/2/18 Took a while to admire the leaves on this Alocasia longiloba, or a cultivated hybrid of it. Look at the textures on that foliage. at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
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