Human Flower Project

Orrington, MAINE USA

flag flower bed

parker basket thumb
Princeton, MAINE USA

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Oops a Daisy ~  Plant Idioms

Georgia Silvera Seamans takes us down the primrose path, into a thicket of botanical phrases. Let’s pile on the plant idioms, old chestnuts and new hybrids.


“Raking the Hayfield”

a.k.a. “Making Hay” (with Cherokee roses)

Painting:  Walt Curlee

By Georgia Silvera Seamans

Make hay while the sun shines.  Well, I don’t have a grass field so I cannot make hay, but I can take advantage of the sunlight and warm weather in Berkeley, California.  With all that brightness, how could I hit the hay?! 

As I write, it’s the third January day in a row of high-60 degree weather, clear skies, and sunshine.  I spent Saturday helping to create a bird garden, a grassroots project, in the Mission District of San Francisco and Sunday walking some of Berkeley’s paths.  You could say I’m a rolling stone; I gathered no moss this weekend.  I did not want to let the grass grow under my feet.  There are always fun volunteer opportunities in the Bay Area.  For example, today, as part of the MLK Service Weekend, I will be participating in the California Indigenous Habitat Activists/ Ohlone Greenway restoration project.  Next Monday, I will be planting fruit trees in Preservation Park in Berkeley.  Volunteering in the Bay Area is not like finding a needle in a haystack.  One could say it’s a bowl of cherries—even a bed of roses.  (Though Portland, Oregon, is known as the City of Roses, I observe so many yards of roses in Berkeley.  There is also the famous Rose Garden in Berkeley, and one in Oakland, too.)

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