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By Larry Rettig on September 29, 2010

In a previous Cubits article I explored with my readers one kind of relationship we can have with plants, that of likening flowers and flower parts to objects we’re familiar with in the real world. In this article, I’ll explore ways in which flowers and plants evoke emotional responses.

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Imagevalleylynn
Sep 29, 2010 12:48 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Larry this article gave me great joy in the reading of it. Thank you so much, especially for the ending. Lovey dubby
ImageLarryR
Sep 29, 2010 1:05 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
You're most welcome, Lynn. When I sat down to think about how plants influence our lives, I was truly astounded. And I haven't even mentioned their role in providing us food, clothing, and shelter.

There are so many beautiful plants in the world of gardening, that I sometimes wonder if they haven't got us trained. The more beautiful the plant or flower, the more apt we are to plant it and thus we increase its numbers! Smiling
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Imagevalleylynn
Sep 29, 2010 1:14 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Two plants that have great memories for me are Johnny Jump-ups and Geraniums. The Jump-ups were the first seeds I grew as a child, I will never forget the wonder of watching them come up through the soil, growing and then blooming. I just think the work geranium and I can smell their scent filling the summer air with perfume. They grew like weeds where I grew up. What a heavenly scent they have for me.
ImageLarryR
Sep 29, 2010 2:17 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Floral scents do trigger memories, don't they. Some time ago on a trip to Minnesota, I was taking a stroll through the Mayo campus at Rochester, when I was suddenly transported in my mind's eye to the home where I grew up. Thinking that somewhat strange at first, I soon realized that it was the fragrance of the petunia bed I had just passed. My mother always had petunias in a raised bed close to the entrance of our house. On a summer's afternoon, the fragrance was warm and inviting. I played near that bed a lot when I was a child, because it smelled so good.
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
ImageRetSgt
Sep 29, 2010 2:55 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Larry,

I really enjoyed the article on Plants and Their Relationship to Human Emotions. Uncannily I find myself drawn to plants that folks tell me are not for my area, that I cannot grow, the unusual one’s , and deadly ones that can kill. Most are simply not suppose to grow in my area in Tennessee or survive outside of a cultured /lab/controlled environment.

I do like Roses The unusual ones and other flowers but do not have many. A friend of mine sent me two 50 year old (in her family) Double headed Amaryllis bulbs they are growing very well (not at bloom yet) but close. And I have several of the “Death Lily’s” growing some I have added different minerals like iron, cast, alum, and black food coloring to the soil to change the colors or see what the plant will or won’t do (interesting results).

One’s plants could or do give others a concept of your emotions. However, they also give one the ability to challenge one’s self to grow outside the box and the norm of what others say is possible.

Sarge

ImageLarryR
Sep 30, 2010 11:10 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Hi Sarge--Glad you enjoyed the article. I see that you like a bit of a challenge in your gardening. So do I. I'm currently experimenting with perennials whose northern limits are zones 6 and 7. I garden in the northern portion of zone 5, but for the past several years, we've actually had zone 6 and 7 winters. Global warming? Hmmm...
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


Website: https://cottageinthemeadow.plantfans.com/
ImageRetSgt
Sep 30, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
I do like a good challenge Larry , as for Global worming ! Not in my pocket Brother !

Sarge

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