Monday, July 26, 2010


Perhaps you remember when the earth was flat, Galileo and Copernicus.
That is regarding the church,  in terms of god, his court, and the creation of the whole wild world.

What you are about to read, ranks among transcendental issues that changed the views imposed on the herds arbitrarily. They  and every juan else were expected to follow them  or  to be burned accordingly.

In the summer of 1716, Thomas Fairchild took a feather and gently brushed the stigma of a carnation, so that  the dust-like pollen crossed from one flower to the other. The work was quickly accomplished. Now he had to wait.

Over the following months the seeds ripened inside the carnation, each containing its parents' traits.  But it was only when spring came and those seeds grew and then flowered that Fairchild could see his creation: a pink flower that melded the carnation's double blossom with the clustering flower heads of the sweet William. It was the world's first man made hybrid.

From 'The Brothers Gardeners', by Andrea Wulf.  

So what you may wonder? Well, if you are the classic gardener, at least around these prairies, buying common place plants in your neighborhood nursery, it should mean nothing.

However, if you, like your humble servant, collects plants, seeds, stems that have some interest for any arguable  reason; gardening/horticulture acquire another dimension beyond digging, planting and pruning.  The pleasure of propagating successfully, with or without rooting hormones has no comparison in horticulture.

Jasminum laurentifolium changed pots. It went from the rectangular one used for to propagate, to its own.  Soon, it will go to the ground by a window in the north garden, to enjoy its fragrance at night with the soothing breeze.

Two Mesquites, propagated from seed are now in bigger pots. At about two and tree feet respectively, both look great with that grey/blue color, healthy and rare.. Both from Guanica, in the south of Puercorico, almost a desert town with spectacular views, vegetation and beauty.

Two Oreganos and  one Basil went to the ground in the west garden.  The Cosmos sulphureous have gone their life cycle and will be removed soon.   

Finally, the compost was turned. After  15 days of rain, it smells like unwashed homeless butt in a New York Subway car.  That was for poetic effect. It really smells like a mangrove.


Went to check some gardening, horticultural blogs.
The most absurd.
Some pale female from Phoenix, AZ, a desert,  shows pictures of her flower arrangements in containers.

The fool thinks that her gaudy
installment is cool.  Yours truly notices a LAWN in a desert...Telling the FOOL, what she can do with the container and her lawn.
Apaga i vamonos.


  1. Hello antigonum! Thanks for your advice on how to find plant ID.

    I have just repotted some plants yesterday. It was tiring but nonetheless necessary to get the plant to grow better. I am sure your Jasmine is going to grow well and reward you with nice scents later.

  2. That is a very interesting story I have never heard before Antigonum. I'd always thought that Mendel, an austrian monk, formalized all we know about genetic traits in his experiments during 1858-1866.
    I'll definitely start looking more into it.

  3. Greetings,


    There is no conflict, Fairchild was not into the rigorous, painful research of Mendel.

    He felt guilty the rest of his life for doing something only God was supposed to do.

    This also created problems for those refusing to accept the sexual life of


    Congratulations for your research. You will feel
    a great satisfaction. I do.

    Thank you both for the visit.

  4. Nice post. In reading it, I can't help but be reminded of the Divinity in each and every one of us. All work that we do is sacred. We would do well to be more conscious of it, but without the "guilt" of ol' Tom. :) Peace.

  5. Hi Antigonum cajan; Antigonum leptopus had a wonderful time, letting its tendrils freely reach over other plants, make room here I come. Flowering with abundance, silvery pink, enchanting. I grow Mirabilis, four o clock plant. Closes its flowers like it had enough for a day. They are always around, silently doing their bit to keep going. I have always grown cosmos pink and white. I received a orange one. the lady yanked a big plant from her garden bed and gave it to me. I was wondering if the poor thing would take the chance and grow, as it is an annual. I planted it, it made a tiny flower and said I will make some seed and next year we will be many and beautiful. It is still flowering hanging in there little cosmos.
    Your question, yes I use hormone powder, as you say they grow better roots.
    I love the wild flowers and have started to scatter the seeds in my native and wild garden. Last spring I planted many more trees and they do well.


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