Human Flower Project
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
After a bloomless 2011, five pittosporums more than make up for it in Austin, Texas.
A honeybee at work on the flowers of Pittosporum tobira
March 7, 2012
Photo: Human Flower Project
A rock-headed landscape specialist advised us ten years ago to chop down an old pittosporum tree. But we don’t think he’d suggest such a thing today. The huge sprawling plant —five of them actually, growing under and through a mott of live oaks in the side yard – is in full bloom. Opening the front door to get the newspaper is an ethereal act. The bees are intent but everyone else in the vicinity is spellbound— even if they don’t know why.
In last year’s drought there were no blossoms at all, a sad spring. But this year’s flowering has more than made up for it. In twelve Marches, we can’t remember a more exuberant show.
Friday, March 02, 2012
Critical Minds and ‘Vegetal Life’
A new book series will publish interdisciplinary studies of plant “being” in religion, food systems, philosophy, art and more. The call for proposals is here.
Arborglyph in an aspen tree, carved by a Basque sheepherder, 1935 (a practice now outlawed), Tahoe National Forest
Photo: L. Hanson
If plants and flowers provoke you to philosophize, if you’d just as soon re-read Allen Ginsberg’s “Sunflower Sutra” as fertilize the peonies, please turn your inspired attention to a new book series from Rodopi (a scholarly publisher based in Amsterdam).
Michael Marder, in the Department of Philosophy of The University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, kindly asked us to spread the word. The project’s editor, he writes, “This is the first series on ‘critical plant studies’ in the world. We are very enthusiastic about it and are looking forward to receiving manuscripts and book proposals for evaluation.”
Michael thought that Human Flower Project readers and writers were likely to have such books germinating, and we believe he’s right. Georgia, Allen, Jill, Sandy, and EarthScholars Jim and Renee, we know you have a wealth of ideas. And we trust that many other readers do as well. Here you go!
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