Congratulations to the winners of Name That Plant Ticket Giveaway #2 —
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest.
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.
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…
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.