Human Flower Project

Orrington, MAINE USA

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Princeton, MAINE USA

Thursday, February 19, 2009

HFP’s Ego Gets a Spanking

Today this site received far and away more visitors than any day since we started in September 2004. And it wasn’t for our analysis of Thorstein Veblen.


Raise your sights (lower your stats)

Cher with gladiola

Photo: Celebrity screensavers

Do you like Cher? Did you have nothing better to do this Thursday than search for a photo of her hindquarters? Well, then you probably found your way to this website today. Welcome, fanny-mongers, all 70,000 of you!

We noticed first thing this morning the site was slow; getting onto the interior workings was nigh impossible. The server must be down, we figured. But when we contacted our webhost wiz she informed us that, no. There had just been a lot of traffic on a link entitled “What’s on Cher’s Backside?”

Quite a lot, as in one for every time we’ve heard “I Got You Babe,” and a whole helluva lot more than we get on normal days here.

People, where have you been? That post’s been up since 2006. Get with it! Or perhaps we should say, “Snap out of it!”

The HFP entry is, of course, a terse but witty exploration of floral tattoos, of which the former Miss Sarkisian has several, including a large bouquet inked across both her (lower) cheeks. We’d toiled to find a fine photo, as usual, linking back to the site where we’d spotted it, which now will remain unidentified in the belated interest of propriety. (We’ve also taken our own link down for now, just to be annoying.)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Pro-Choice, Anti-Poppy-Thinning

The garden’s just getting going. Who has the heart to abort these zesty seedlings?


For those squeamish about thinning

Graphic: Human Flower Project

Call it passivity or – okay—laziness. How about “right-to-life”?

We find thinning flower seedlings one of the most wince-worthy tasks of early spring. When it comes to poppies, the duty borders on heartbreaking.

Take a look at our little cutting garden as of a couple of weeks ago. Nasturtiums are bobbling right along, there are a couple of volunteer sunflowers and freebie larkspur, three small mounds of oregano, and swarms of young “Dorothy poppies.”

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Monday, February 16, 2009

In Architecture, Ancient Plants Grow

Russell Bowes looks back several thousand years to the papyrus, palms, lotus and acanthus still rooted in the world’s building styles.


Stylized papyrus blooms top columns

Ramesseum—Luxor, Egypt

Photo:via wiki

By Russell Bowes

Ornamentation of a building is not strictly necessary.  Doors, windows and walls function just as well plain as decorated.  Yet for thousands of years, people have turned the structural parts of buildings into naturalistic and stylised depictions of local plants and flowers.

Was this for the joy in decorating plain surfaces?  Or did the leaves and fruits have deeper meaning? Perhaps ancient buildings speak to us in a language we no longer hear, with words we no longer understand.


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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Be Myosotis Valentine

Stand out from the rest of the flirts today with a beautiful blue Valentine, and be forgotten-not.


Vintage Valentine’s post card with forget-me-nots

(and no red!)

Photo: Old Postcards

Taking nothing away from long stemmed scarlet roses (as if anybody could!), we admit to some red fatigue come February 14. Does love really pool at this end of the spectrum?

Poking through several collections of old Valentine’s Day cards, we were relieved to find that the holiday hasn’t always been so monochromatic. A hundred years ago, in fact, red doesn’t seem to have been the overbearing choice at all. Just as prevalent – and to our eyes a seductive alternative – was forget-me-not, delicate, frothy, and a fine, tingling blue.

What a different come on! Rather than producing a phallic blossom, Myosotis grows in dainty clusters. It’s not a flower that hits you over the head but one that creeps against your calf.


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