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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Iris episode 3

The third leg of Carol's odyssey takes her on a journey from England to Turkey, to Italy and home again, discovering the intricate biology of the iris flower and its cultural significance to mankind over thousands of years. Carol takes a close-up look into the intimate relationship between bees and irises and, under the guidance of an evolutionary plant biologist, uses an endoscopic camera to reveal how an insect with UV vision sees each flower.     Carol travels to…

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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Tulips episode 2

There are 6,000 delightful varieties of tulips in the world today, with new colours and forms being cultivated every year. Carol Klein's odyssey to uncover the colourful history of this popular flower begins high in the mountains of eastern Turkey, where a species tulip, one of the early ancestors of those we grow in our gardens, can be found flourishing in the harshest of environments, a feat only possible due to its extraordinary evolution. Thermal-imaging cameras reveal a small pocket…

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Carol Klein’s Plant Odysseys – Roses episode 1

Four-part series in which Carol Klein explores the inner secrets and botanical history of four of our favourite garden plants: the rose, the tulip, the iris and the water lily.       Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys - Roses episode 1   The first episode looks at the rose. The rose has always meant so much to Britain - it is embedded in our history, our fairy tales and our hearts. Carol goes on a very British plant odyssey. To…

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