The Encouraging Crocuses of Spring + Curious George = Solar Ovens!
The Crocus – till she rises
The Vassal of the snow
The west coast weather was sunny and spring-like last week resulting in these two lovely crocuses rising from their beds . . .
Being a childhood fan of curious George, I googled Crocus and here’s what I found from The Journal of Experimental Botany, Oxford Journal:
“As a symbol plant the crocus is a messenger of floral resurrection and in this respect also relevant to us in our cultural view of botany. Thus, the crocus may be regarded as a plant of encouragement.”
I snapped the above photo while on holiday exploring the downtown beauty of Los Angeles and the public library . . .
To continue to pique your own curiosity, last week I brought out our sun oven. The reflectors are open wide like the petals of the crocus, to the capture solar energy.
Food is in the oven and the unseen glass door (on the front) is closed to trap the heat. This acts similar to the windows of a car being shut on a hot sunny day. Except the temperatures inside the oven are much hotter, ranging from 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
On this day the outside temperature was 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius) which demonstrates that it doesn’t have to be hot outside to cook with the sun.