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May 02, 2009

Indifference to Flowers

Donald Pittenger writes:

Dear Blowhards --

My mother liked to garden. My wife loves gardening. Yesterday we drove up to the Skagit Vally Tulip Festival and walked around the tulips at Roozengaard's (lotsa Dutch in Washington's Skagit and Whatcom counties). When we visit Victoria, BC she normally squeezes in a trip to Butchart Gardens.

Me? I'm indifferent to flowers. Don't love 'em, don't hate 'em. Just a part of nature. I suppose if I had taken a botany class and put my head into the taxonomy thing I might have more interest. But that's water that never got over the dam.

Still, I find it interesting how deeply some folks go into flowers -- literally and figratively. (Hey, life without hobbies can be pretty dull.) At Roozengaard's I saw several guys and at least one gal hefting big Canon and Nikon cameras with telephoto lenses carefully snapping away.

Me? I'm more into geology. Did you know that rock formations can be really interesting?



posted by Donald at May 2, 2009


You and I have a lot in common - a love of cars for example, but here we have a basic difference. Not so much that I love flowers and you don't, more that I love flowers but don't feel the need to attend classes or study the subject at all.
I love flowers in much the same way that I love to look at women. I don't pretend to understand them or want to know how they came to appear the way that they do - I'm just glad that it worked out that way. In fact, I think that my lack of understanding only adds to my appreciation.

Posted by: Random on May 2, 2009 3:23 PM

I garden a little bit. (I've taken charge of the small garden beds outside my 6-unit coop building.) I also have some amaryllises in pots in my apartment. (I was given one, and later divided it into three.) I don't do much except water and weed.

But when the flowers come...

The amarylisses flower once a year - each producing one or two clusters of enormous pink flowers.

There are rose bushes, peonies, lilies, violets, and flowering shrubs in the beds.

Even some of the weeds (dayflower, dandelion) can be pretty.

God (or Nature) gives us so much for nothing!

Posted by: Rich Rostrom on May 2, 2009 3:31 PM

My wife and I went to the tulip festival in the Willamette valley during a return from the Oregon coast a couple of years ago. I'm not much of a "flower person" either, but still found them to be quite attractive and worth looking at.

Posted by: kurt9 on May 2, 2009 4:06 PM

I'm not much of a flower person either, I have a brown thumb that keeps me from developing a strong interest. More of a birder, really.

Posted by: Spike Gomes on May 2, 2009 10:29 PM

Flowers? They are the sex organs of plants. Nuff said.

Posted by: Lester Hunt on May 3, 2009 2:34 AM

But Lester, some of us *like* looking at sex organs! ;)

Posted by: anon on May 3, 2009 6:26 PM

Geology is fascinating. I never much appreciated flowers until I visited ... Butchart Gardens.

Posted by: Nina on May 4, 2009 6:04 PM


The previous owner of the house we bought last year left a dizzying assortment of flowering plants-- wisteria, azaleas, two kinds of daffodils, five kinds of roses, tulips, irises, marigolds, daylilies, "surprise" lilies-- all thoughtfully planned to bloom in perfect succession as the seasons progress.

From the time the first daffodils poke out from the snow till the night of the first hard freeze, there is something blooming.

I'm not sure I'm really up to the challenge of properly maintaining this wealth, though.

Posted by: omw on May 4, 2009 9:38 PM

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