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A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

This is a perfect bedside book for the literate gardener and makes a terrific gardener's gift book. It is an entertaining survey of 80 plant genera, with a multitude of references to, and extracts from, myth and literature from Shakespeare to the Victorian language of flowers. Based on prodigious research, it includes much literature that has fallen into undeserved obscurity, as well as selections from the great poets. It is a delightful study of the influence of the world's flora on humanity, from the mundane to the mystical.

"The snowdrop, in purest white arraie,
First rears her hedde on Candlemas daie;"
From an early church calendar of English flowers, ca. 1500
As you pick up spade and shovel and head out into the garden, you might want to offer up a prayer for sunny days and rainy nights to one of the patron saints of gardening described by Bobby Ward in this fascinating compilation of horticultural wit and whimsy.
Have you ever wondered how flowers get their names, both common and scientific, or what Shakespeare or Milton had to say about roses or honeysuckle? Collected in this fat, satisfying volume are quotations from poetry, plays, and stories written by the ancient Greeks up through the Victorians that trace the rich history of the natural world as captured in myth and literature. Symbolism, traditional medicinal uses, and most of all lyrical tributes to favorite plants from acanthus to zinnia fill the pages of this book, to be read for sheer pleasure or dipped into for information about specific flowers. The book is easy to use compared to many such compilations, in part because it is arranged by type of plant, and because Ward has masterfully woven it all together with a blend of historical and botanical commentary for context.
You won't learn from this book how to plant a bulb or grow a tomato, but there are more than enough books on the practical matters of gardening. Rather, folk tales, myths, legends, and lore of the flowers, in the words of sages, saints, herbalists, and poets provide inspiration, humor, and fine reading. --Valerie Easton

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everything is an experiment.

everything is an experiment.

This is going to be long-winded, so bear with me!

Part one: I cook dinner every night. I love food, I love to cook. I have a new plan for every week's worth of cooking - one day should be a 'safe day,' something where I know what I'm doing, I know it'll turn out well, etc. One day should be an experimental day, something totally new, based on a theory or a concept that I have in mind. Could be failure, could be success (ex: last night's fried rice w/ tangerine and plantain. success!) Other days can fall anywhere in between.

Part two - I'd like to start applying this plan to my photography as well. I should always try to push myself toward something experimental and new, and I should also always try something a little safer, so I can slowly refine that as well. The failures of something 'safe' are far more minor than the failure of an experiment. The same goes for successes, except these minor successes are far more useful than the success of an experiment.

Part three: How can I apply that to my dabblings with Fade to Black film? I can't, really. Even what's 'safe' is highly experimental. But I'm trying to play it fairly safe. I've been sticking to the 'wet process' because it yields results that I'm happy with. I'm still experimenting further though, and so far it has cost me one shot (out of four tries but sixteen total shots… failure is tough!)

Part four (the explanation): I shot some buttercups today with Fade to Black. When I was dismantling the sheet of film, I noticed that the image left behind on the backing* was actually pretty strong. I thought, why not experiment with this. First I pressed it very hard onto a sheet of paper I had around, to see if any of it would transfer. It didn't. But I realized that in doing so, I did get it mostly 'dry' and I still had that strong image, so I decided to scan it. Now when I say strong, that's a little bit of an overstatement - it was still rather faint. But I had a nice scan of a negative which seems to be largely based on luminance (read: black and white), which I can do something with. So I inverted the image to a positive, and made some adjustments for contrast. You can see some text on the image, this was from trying to transfer it onto the sheet of paper which had the postscript font list output from my printer on it. So, aside from making it a positive image and bumping the contrast, nothing further was done in Photoshop. There are some cool textures going on here if you view it large or original (beware, the original is like 16mb or something)

A happy experiment, coming off of another happy experiment (the photo itself, which I will post when it dries…)

*I don't know the exact details of what this backing is. It's the milky white stuff. I assumed it was just the processing chemistry, but with the image becoming imprinted as it does, I'm curious. Anyone with more knowledge of the chemistry of Polaroid than I have, feel free to weigh in…

Sausage Tree's crimson blossoms and hanging gourd-like fruit

Sausage Tree's crimson blossoms and hanging gourd-like fruit

The first time I saw this tree and its huge hanging sausage-like gourds I couldn't believe my eyes! And immediately wanted to plant one until I realized how long it takes to get to this astounding mature stage.

Kigelia includes a single species of trees from tropical Africa. It grows in savannas and open woodlands. The genus is named for the capital of Rwanda. Plants are grown occasionally for the novelty of the 30 lb. sausage-like fruits which dangle from the branches on long stalks. More then one roadside stand in South Florida has planted a "world-famous sausage tree" by the road to attract tourists and passerbys.

The maroon flowers are bell-shaped, opening at night and falling by early morning. They emit a musky scent that attracts pollinators in the wild. Self-infertile, the flowers must be cross-pollinated by hand at night to set fruit in cultivation (picture a dedicated human-pollinator running between trees at night with a paintbrush and flashlight in hand). Hawkmoths may occasionally pollinate some flowers in cultivation. The fruit is eaten and seeds distributed by baboons.

This Sausage Tree is growing on Lincoln Road, a tourist-oriented shopping area in Miami Beach, FL. Source: Tropical Flowering Plants, Kirsten Albrecht Llamas, TImber Press

Sausage Tree, Kigelia Pinnata, Kigelia africana, Lincoln Mall, Miami Beach, FL

how long to press flowers

how long to press flowers

Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses: Expert Plant Choices and Dramatic Combinations for Year-Round Gardens

There are hundreds of perennials and grasses available to gardeners - how can they know whether or not they’re making the right choice? In Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses, Adrian Bloom distills his years of experience as a nurseryman and gardener into 250 reliable choices that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and provide year-round interest.

Detailed descriptions feature information on growth, care, and design tips for use in gardens of all sizes. Bloom shows the reader how to design and plant well structured borders that feature perennials and grasses with a mix of other plants playing supporting roles. He also shares his trademark “river of plants” design style that dramatically features the beauty of a plant throughout its life.

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