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Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mud, Mud, Glorious MudIn New England, spring means rain and snow melt, which translates into the unmentioned fifth season, Mud Season. I am aware that Mud Season is present in many parts of the world, but of course, my memories of the countless times my power wheelchair gut stuck in mud, or worse, was unable to manage the common mudi-tidotes: gravel, wood chips, or grass. Mud Season results when the ground is still frozen deeper down, but temperatures remain above freezing long enough for snow to melt and surface water to thaw. Large piles of snow melt, with no place to drain; the ground deeper down is still frozen and cannot absorb more water. This is particularly a problem in my home town of Milton, where the water table is very high and everyone has a pump in their basement. I won't miss Mud season either.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Thursday, February 14, 2013
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"We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses." This quotation has been definitively attributed to either Abraham Lincoln or Alphonse Karr. It reminds us of the cruel fact of thorns on roses, or the blessed opportunity that roses exist; it has long been symbolic that roses have thorns. Roses are known for their sharp thorns, but.....
There's a church where they do things a little differently. The church has a Naming Ceremony instead of baptism for new babies and a Coming of Age Ceremony for young people turning 18 and graduating from high school. At both junctures, the child is given a rose to symbolise growing throughout life's journey and the web of life of which we are all a part, or maybe it's the beauty in life, or the fragility. Whatever the symbolism is supposed to be, the infant's rose is supposed to have NO thorns, and the teenager's rose is supposed to have thorns, to represent the loving embrace of childhood and the cold hard reality of adulthood. Whatever they were supposed to represent, the minister made a long speech about the challenges of adulthood...some of the kids were going on to college, some to vocational school or training and some already had jobs, and each path held rocky spots and pitfalls as well as beautiful sunsets on the beach, falling in love and finding four-leaf clovers. Then each person stepped forward to take his or her thorny rose. Pretty soon there were teenagers with bemused frowns all over the sanctuary. You see, the roses had no thorns. They don't even sell cut roses with thorns any more. Where did the thorns go?
My husband disagrees with this premise. He has found cut roses to be thorny.
Roses evolved with thorns
Juliet said "that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Shakespeare said that it doesn't matter what e call it, a rose will still smell sweet. Luckily William didn't make it to the 20th century, when roses started losing their fragrance and thorns in favor of exotic colors, habits of growth, or disease resistance.i
What is the thorn?
Thorns aren't really thorns at all, they're prickles. I always thought a thorn was a modified leaf, or a modified hair, but they are, technically, a modified stem or a "pointed branch." Spines are made of modified leaf parts, or extensions of leaves, whereas a prickle is "a sharp pointed outgrowth from the epidermis or cortex of any organ" There is bark tissue ... involved in the prickle of a rose, Peter Sengbusch said. A thorn can be a "bristle, a barb, feeler, fiber, point, prickle, quill, spine, stubble, vibrissa, whisker ?
The cut-flower trade
American men have been conditioned to send (or bring) roses, preferably long-stemmed roses, for Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day, February 14, is the enire Christmas season for a florist. I have heard of one man who planted a dozen rose bushes for his wife to enjoy all year long, or at least, all summer long. But American men (I can't speak with certainty about other countries) have been conditioned by florists to purchase cut roses for St. Valentine's Day. In fact if you do a search for the words "rose" and "thorn" or even just "rose," you will be besieged by online florists. But like tomatoes, roses aren't grown near where they're purchased. And like tomatoes, they do not store or travel well. Compare the fully open Rosa 'Double Delight'photograph at the beginning of this article of the perfect cut rose, at maybe half flowered, with the fully open rose at left.
There are several problems with this arrangement for the rose growers, or plantations, as they have become. Most species roses are comparable to determinate tomatoes; they ripen all at once, or bloom all at once. And like tomatoes, roses don't store well or travel well. Indeternimate tomatoes produce some tomatoes all season long,instead of a glut all at once. Except for Valentine's Day, when it would seem that a glut is what's wanted.
. It is sort of like planting Determinate tomatoes or Indeterminate ones. Determinate ones, all ripening around the same time, are perfect if you're canning or preserving. You want your whole crop to be ready at the end of August so you can can them all at once. Determinate tomatoes produce a few tomatoes at a time throughout the season. This is the type to plant if you want a few tomatoes at a time to eat in salads or sandwiches all summer long. Not all crops come in Determinate vs. Indeterminate. Beans and peas generally all ripen at once, which is why you have to plant them every two weeks to ensure a continuous supply. Cut-and-come-again crops like certain lettuces, zinnias, basil, spinach, If you've grown roses, you may be aware that roses tend to produce all the roses at one time of year, like a determinate tomatoes, or a few all season, like indeterminate tomatoes
About those thorns...
In order to make roses harvest, groom, cultivate, easier to package, handle with machines, etc., many have been bred without thorns. They are picked at a semi-open stage, and most never open more fully. Considering with the fungicides and other chemicals they encounter on the way to the florist, it may not be wise to take that first, deep breath inhale of the flowers themselves; although it seems to be instinctive to smell flowers, it may not be good for your health.
However, apparently American consumers miss their thorny roses. We may expect thorny roses to make a return to the marketplace, unless it stops being good business..
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
galileo and bible vs religion natural laws