Martin Bohnet

Combined hobbies: 3d-modeled Crocus in a fantasy game setting
I'm a chemical engineer from Göppingen, southern Germany, so obviously all my botanical and gardening ambitions are those of an (enthusiastic) amateur. But when my degree program called for a non-technical minor subject, I "wasted" this on "vegetation zones of the earth", so I can (and do) read scientific botanical literature without getting major headaches. Unfortunately, my daytime job causes most of my botanical projects to proceed slowly.

The three things in focus are right now: transforming my (far too) little suburban garden from the boring setup of the previous owner (mostly lawn and thuja hedges) into an island of biodiversity, transforming the studio of a stone mason (said previous owner) into an unheated greenhouse, and finding out which of the species I fall in love with can be brought to return this love. I seem to have a soft spot for Iridaceae in general and tribus Tigridiaea in particular, but have ongoing experiments with some Amaryllidaceae, Alstroemerias, Kniphofias and many other as well.

My area is considered USDA hardiness zone 7a, yet the true challenge for any plant is the variability of my winter climate, which produces warm and wet phases as well as sudden severe temperature drops, often without a protective snow layer, depending if we get Atlantic climate from the west or continental climate from the east.

Besides my gardening, I enjoy playing and modding computer role playing games - mostly after it is too dark to garden. In rare cases I can combine both of my passions, e.g. through modeling and adding plants like these crocuses (picture) as alchemical ingredient to one of my favorite games. In this other world, I'm known as (pmm)Garak, so this is my alias on the PBS List as well.

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