Fortunately the writers are
not bashful, and plunge into descriptions using whatever comes to mind
to illustrate their point. And there is always a great satisfaction
in reading the words over and over again when a plant is being described.
until finally some phrase or word hits the right synapse and I can see
the plant in question, and come up with a name for it..
Of course, I have to remember
as I write this, that I do have the occasional senior moments when my
mind might as well be drawing its inspiration from a cup of mushroom
soup as from my brain. Perhaps the descriptions are pretty good, and
I draw my own gauzy curtain across them from time to time.
Be that as it may, I decided
to try to present a framework for plant descriptions, both for people
needing plant identifications, and for those who need to specify the
part of their plant that is turning red/brown/black/yellow/upside down/inside
I don't usually use this space
for a "what is in the magazine." I have too many axes to grind
and causes for which to plead to waste a possible audience, but I realise
that the world of plants is an alien one to most people, and this is
my attempt to remind myself and you of the basic symbols and gestures
that will begin communication.
Keep those letters and postcards
E-mail to email@example.com
is the quick and easy way.
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