Human Flower Project

Orrington, MAINE USA

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Princeton, MAINE USA

Friday, April 06, 2012

Under the Lash of Beauty

Our rose failures outnumber our successes, but it’s spring. Who’s counting?

imageView from inside Wanda’s house, Smithville, Texas 4/5/12

Photo: Human Flower Project

Roses we have killed:




Great Western


Coquette des Blanches

Zepherine Drouhin

Mme Isaac Perriere


Is that enough? Considering that memory’s not all that thorough, especially where failures are concerned, we’ve likely underreported.

Fantasies we have entertained, with varying degrees of persistence:

the Texas State Domino championship

daily meditation

landing an academic job in the Sociology of Culture at middle age

an up-do

learning Czech

expecting a thank-you note from anyone under 30 (make that 35)

getting a feature story in the NY Times Magazine

good posture

starting to play the accordion at age 58

(Definite under-reporting here.)

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Posted by Julie on 04/06 at 09:12 PM
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Pollination Racket

A new study of birds finds that human noise is tough on pines but a boon to skyrocket flowers.


Will earplugs be the next trendy gardening accessory, this year’s Crocs?

New research by Clinton D. Francis and his colleagues suggest that in some environments anyway, noise may actually improve flower pollination. It’s a finding that will much dismay those of us who think of puttering outside as a respite from racket.

Francis and his team examined the effects of noise on plant pollination by setting up experimental stations at two spots within the Rattlesnake Canyon Wildlife Area in northwestern New Mexico. One location was relatively quiet, but the other was adjacent to a natural gas well operation, with big machinery and compressors at work around the clock.

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