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Congratulations to the winners of Name That Plant Ticket Giveaway #2 —

Karen W.
Leslee B.

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.

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Tonight is the first time we’re showing the full (almost) piece.  I’m thinking we might need to change ‘days’ to ‘minutes’.

Pic is by Paula Court.  She shot the show 2 days ago.  I love Paula Court.

I have so many great pics I can’t even begin to pick selects.


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The Voynich manuscript,  a 500 year old book of strange and unclassifiable plant drawings and a text which has still not been deciphered.

From Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book Library (click for more!):

“Written in Central Europe at the end of the 15th or during the 16th century, the origin, language, and date of the Voynich Manuscript—named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller, Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912—are still being debated as vigorously as its puzzling drawings and undeciphered text. Described as a magical or scientific text, nearly every page contains botanical, figurative, and scientific drawings of a provincial but lively character, drawn in ink with vibrant washes in various shades of green, brown, yellow, blue, and red.”



I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this has something to do with the code Ilan is trying to decipher.

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Gladiolus alatus —
Kalkoentjie (turkey) flower —

(“resembles a turkey from the front”)

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Coming home from DJ Mendel’s “Dick Done Broke” last night (glad to finally see it 10 years late) and noticed that there’s a mimosa pudica plant on Smith Street around the corner from our house.  Pointed it out to Amy who was basically flabbergasted that I knew what it is and would be able to recognize it and point it out.  She’s always been the person in our family with the plant knowledge.  I was a complete idiot about plant in general and in a lot of ways I still am.  But mimosa pudica is a pretty special plant and that’s why I know about it.  It folds it’s leaves in half essentially along the leaf’s stem tightly at night.  Or more dramatically, when it’s touched:

As we walked on, her still trying to process the fact that I had just pointed out a plant to her and correctly identified it, and me trying to reassure her that I was still a doofus on that front, I pointed out the croton codiaeum in front of the restaurant next door…

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Working out some kinks on the player showing up in the post itslef, but here’s a quick vid from last Saturday’s window event.


1029 Window



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