Friday, August 20, 2010


ONE irritating aspect of the futile attempts of understanding the other, is that he/she wants without any justification, history of planting, collecting, propagating plants in pots, ground or virtually to impose theoretical
views from books or stupid meaningless actions 'pro environment' with the oxen   behind the cart.

Shut off the lights at home, do not mind the excessive ones in highways, roads, buildings.  Or turn off the water at home.  It is not important that thousands of leaks in every Puercorican street and road are there to see.  SCREW YOU.

Clean the beach, plant the mangroves in the San Juan estuary, do not mention the ECHOLI, in many streams, rivers, lakes, and salty waters around the isle. Same as above.

With that intro lets go to 
a new book:

Diana Wells
One Hundred Flowers
Algonquin Books

It does not matter if you are the week end warrior or mudblood environmentalist, if you live down here
or any other tropical site, most of the named flowers will mean nothing since the majority grow in template climates.

But NOMENCLATURE matters in gardening, since everything has been said/written.  But people do not pay attention, and everything has to be repeated.

At this time I would like to share from this nice book: size, font, illustrations and paper, Gardenias. 

BOTANICAL NAME:  Gardenia: FAMILY: Rubiaceae

John Ellis, who was a merchant and botanist, insisted that Linnaeus call the Gardenia after his friend, Dr. Alexander Garden.  Ellis first suggested that Linnaeus call the Carolina allspice after Garden, but when the Gardenia or "Cape jasmine" as it was then called, arrived in London, he wanted that named for him instead.  Linnaeus objected, saying that an American plant, discovered by Garden, would be more suitable, and that he was being criticized already for naming plants after his friends.  Ellis simply told him that Dr. Garden already thought the plant had been named
in his honor and it was.

Linnaeus was right about its unsuitability, because the gardenia, far from being American, came from South Africa.  It is a member of the same family, Rubiaceae, as the madder whose root yields a red dye, but its closest relative is the randia, a tropical shrub named for Isaac Rand.

The gardenia was discovered, in 1754, by Captain Hutchenson of the Godolphin, en route to England from India.  Hutchenson said he had gone for a while on shore, become aware of a sweet, heavy scent, turned around, and seen a mass of huge double white flowers.  Even if you know what you are getting, a gardenia in full bloom is breathtaking.  It is hard to imagine what it would be like if it seemed to have dropped from Heaven.  Hutchenson dug it up and took it back to London.  This time carrying the vision home worked; the plant survived and was propagated.

Dr. Garden was English but settled in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1751.
He worked as a physician, collected plants, and kept in close touch with European botanists.

That is that...If you have no credentials, do not propagate, collect or plant, why should you ignorant fool
bother to question, provoke yours truly..SUCK YOU! 






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