Thursday March 15th 2012 Tim
call today, Forsythia Day. It's yellow, and I remember well some
years ago, how the fashionable liked to put Forsythia in the same
category as things like giant satellite dishes. It was
reckoned common, I guess. And I remember the bright eyes of one
particular customer, showing me a plant catalogue that contained a
picture of a white Forsythia and a white Redbud, both of which she
believed only proper for the flavor of her garden.
Bloom is a relationship
with pollinators. Creatures that fly or crawl, and many of them bite.
Some say the color we see as yellow, insects see as a blue. And
it is a true thing, that of those blooms that have been hybridized to meet
the needs of the fashion market, insects have found them increasingly
confusing. What we see as a blue flower, insects can hardly see at all,
which is why so many blue flowers when they are pollen rich, cleverly hint
at purple. Vipers Bugloss is my favorite of these, and for them, we have to
wait for Summer.