21 March 2016

2016 April AtoZ Theme Reveal

Its my fourth attempt at the AtoZ Blogathon, one that I plan to use with a purely selfish purpose... Let me give you a brief background..

My theme for the 2015 April AtoZ posts was Gardens in Pune. It took me around my city and I got the opportunity to discover some relatively unknown fantastic gardens. I am really glad that these posts helped me guide a few friends to visit and enjoy some of these gardens. Yet another positive development was a Times of India report dated 16 November 2015 about a proposed study by the Physical Education Department of the Savitribai Phule Pune University to survey major public parks in Pune to develop a plan to maximise use of open spaces in the city. Wow! My survey had revealed that some parks already had or were in the process of installing exercise equipment which folks can take benefit from... 


I have realised that 26 April AtoZ posts need a lot of research and I stand to benefit if I choose a topic that about which I want more knowledge. I have been observing trees for a few years and the most important aspect of identifying a tree is to be humble. 

Look Down. 
Fallen leaves, flowers, fruit provide vital identification clues. It was under these trees that I noticed carpets of beautiful flowers on tiny plants. What were their names? When would they bloom? Are they native plants?

I have decided to use my 26 posts in the April 2016 AtoZ to try and identify such plants. Botanically speaking they are herbs - which means the plants are small, they bear seeds and its parts are not woody. However generally speaking, the word herb refers to ingredients used to flavour food like spices and condiments.  


This means that a herb can be a spice but a spice need not be a herb!



A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal 3-21-2016

Without much fanfare, as you may have already guessed... my theme for the 2016 April AtoZ is Herbs. I have taken the liberty to use either their botanical names or local names to comply with the AtoZ theme. At my stage in the study of field botany, I am happy and satisfied to be able to narrow down the identity of a plant to the genus level. Its been a journey that has been eye-opening and humbling as it literally got me on my knees.... as I had to reach down to photograph, observe the specimens. Majority of the chosen herbs are only a couple of feet tall and the flowers are about the size of a finger nail. 

Obviously there are several species for every alphabet but I shall write about only one and mention a few more. Most of these are ones seen in and around Pune or during my travels. Where ever possible, I shall include my source for identification or a clue about identification in the field. 


As usual, some alphabets have been a huge challenge... 

There is so much beauty to be enjoyed if only one looks.


Do join me as I embark on a herbal AtoZ this April!

:)

43 comments:

bloggingastrid.com said...

Oh, I love your theme! I use herbs for making herbal tea but I just buy them at a store and believe what's on the packaging is the same as what's inside. I used to know a little about identifying plants, but not much.

Shalini said...

Informative! I will be coming back to read your posts. Good luck with the challenge :)

*Something's Cooking is also signed up for #AtoZ*

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Using your training to provide a good resource during the challenge is a fab idea, Archana. Have a great month of blogging!

Leanne said...

those purple flowers are gorgeous - what are they?

Shilpa Garg said...

This one is an informative and insightful theme. Looking forward to refresh all that I learnt in Botany years ago. Cheers, Archana!

Julia said...

I could definitely learn something from this blog since I really need to improve my knowledge of herbs. I enjoy cooking with herbs, and looking at native wild plants, but I feel I could make a concerted effort to learn more about these.

Archana said...

Thank you Bloggingastrid.

Archana said...

Thanks Shalini. Looking forward to your posts as well :)

Archana said...

Thanks Leanne. These purple flowers are Cleoserrata speciosa and its an image from a friend that is among my inspirations for this theme.

Archana said...

Thank you Corinne.

Archana said...

Hope the posts revive happy memories of Botany! Thanks for stopping by Shilpa.

Archana said...

Thank you Julia. Hope you see interesting herbs over April 2016!

Chicky Kadambari said...

Herbs are such an important part of our lives. Good you're dedicating an entire month to them. All the best to you, Archana!

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Debbie D. said...

This is sure to be educational for me as I don't know that much about herbs. Looking forward to your posts!

Archana said...

Thank you Chicky. Thanks Debbie. I hope the posts live up to your expectations.. :)

Deborah Weber said...

What a wonderful theme - I'm definitely looking forward to your posts!

Ravyne said...

Awesome! I love learning about Herbs and will look forward to your posts! ~Lori~

Lori @ As the Fates Would Have It
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Denise said...

I am looking forward to your posts. Love using herbs.

Archana said...

Thank you Deborah! I hope you find the posts interesting .

Archana said...

Thanks Ravyne. So glad you have stopped by :)

Archana said...

Thank you Denise. Yes, I do plan to post some recipies..

Geets said...

Hi Archana..
Your theme looks really interesting.. and I hope to learn a lot from your posts :)
See you in April :)

Cheers

Elizabeth Hein said...

There are so many interesting herbs out there. I bet you'll highlight a few that will be new to many people.
Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

Archana said...

Thank you Geets!

Archana said...

Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth. I do hope to post something new for everyone all through April. :)

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Herbs are so varied and useful - I look forward to your choices. Good luck with the AtoZ :)
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Archana said...

Thank you Tasha :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

I was rubbish at botany in school, field or otherwise :) Your theme is informative and useful. Maybe will plug the gaps. Best of luck with the A-z

Nilanjana.
Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
Madly-in-Verse

The Solitary Writer said...

Your April posts would be insightful. So we would be knowing something cool.

Keep it up. See you on April 1 :D

The Solitary Writer - A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

Archana said...

Thank you Nilanjana! Awaiting your comments on April posts :)

Archana said...

Thanks for stopping by The Solitary Writer! :)

Chandni said...

Okay I ve been blog hopping and I am reading about interesting themes but this ones like totally standing apart..
will be coming over to read more about herbs and yes added your theme reveal to BlogChatter website so that more of us drop by !

riandurants said...

Awesome! I'd love to learn more about herbs and especially those that are also spice. For me food is not food without them. I also love tea so yeah... your Theme is my cup of tea ^^. Good Luck!

https://riandurants.wordpress.com/

Archana said...

Thank you Chandni :)

Archana said...

Thanks for stopping by riandurants! It will be a pleasure to read your blog all through April.. :)

Vasantha Vivek said...

Curiosity developing ..... Can't wait more !!!

Archana said...

The fun starts on 1 April Vasantha, just two days more!! Thanks for stopping by :)

Seena said...

Wow! This is my first time at the challenge and I am so amazed at the amount of hard work and research that bloggers put in to write such authentic posts..

Kudos!

Seena from Thinking aloud

My Era said...

That's a wonderful theme to inspire yourself to research in a field of interest. Kudos to you Archana for putting your knowledge in the field to good use via this challenge. looking forward to your posts :)

The Era I Lived In 

Ann Bennett said...

We are kindred spirits. I know the names of so many small plants. It is fascinating to me. See you during the A to Z challenge.
Ann Bennett @annbennett12

Too Much To Choose From
Science Ladybug

Narayana Rao said...

Good to see many Indian bloggers
Good to visit your site as a part of my A to Z visits. My theme Blog Promotion
Getting Traffic to Blog - Essential Activity of Bloggers Along with Writing.
Welcome to A to Z April Blogging Challenge 2016 - Co-Participant - Nrao - NRao Blogs
@knoltweet
NRao Blogs - 2016 A to Z Challenge Blog Posts
Management Theory Review

Archana said...

Your theme is relevant to all bloggers. Thanks for stopping by.

Caz Greenham said...

Love the smell of herbs in my garden. #Rosemary is gorgeous
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