First flower from Iris 'Clarence' -- in November!
"Like the opposable thumb and language, emotions are tools for survival,
forged and refined over hundreds of thousands of years of evolution to
protect and ensure that humans can thrive. They do this by providing two
things: information and preparation." --"How to use Anxiety to your Advantage"
Emotions as evolutionary tools developed for survival, rather than as problems: a way of looking at emotions I've never considered.
Love of plants, happiness at the sight of them--something that evolved over hundreds of thousands of years. According to science, an emotion that helps us survive. How exactly does that work?
Love for, and happiness about, a plant's food potential--sure. But what about love of their beauty? Happiness at the thought of their existence? The joy of seeing them and watching them grow?
Every time I see a beautiful plant--either in my garden or anywhere--I'm instantly happy.
New growth on Podocarpus elongatus 'Icee Blue': happy to see you!
A mature specimen of Podocarpus elongatus at the
Pretoria National Botanic Garden in South Africa. Photo by "JMK":
Photo by Commons.wikimedia.org User "JMK"
Wow. What a thrill of a tree. Some creature might think it merely delicious. For plant lovers, something more. The thought of a little tree I planted potentially being someday a glorious mature specimen makes me happy.
Does happiness contribute to survival? Perhaps a happy person is a stronger, more resilient person better able to survive.
Mmm...this reminds me of lemon cake...
Or maybe plants just look edible, even when they are not.
This past week, not an overly productive week in the garden. Dental emergency (resolved). Covid-booster side effects endured (not fun, but better than Covid). Then I fell injuring my wrist and had to go get x-rayed (nothing broken, it's recovering). The green waste bins got emptied of Pittosporum choppings, and then filled again with more. One more week should get rid of the rest.
Nice surprise: down in the back gully, Lagerstroemia 'Cherry Mocha's foliage suddenly colored up. The coldest air that settles in low places in hilly areas did it.