Plant blindness? This term was coined in 1998 by a couple of American botanists, James Wandersee and Elizabeth Schussler. What does it mean? In the simplest of terms, it means that we just don't seem to notice plants! Our brains, you see, just tend to lump them all together into one great blob of green and we have lost the ability to appreciate not only the beauty of them but also the importance of them.
I read about this in a BBC article. You may read it just here.
Please read it! It is fascinating! You will be tested on it at a later date, just so you know.
Oddly enough on the very day that I read this article, one of my co-workers brought his children to see me. The baby girl came straight into my arms. (This surprised the parents, they told me she very rarely does this. Babies love me!) The little boy...I showed him the photos of flowers on my calendar. His Dad said that he doubted as an adult that he could name that many flowers! (Plant blindness!) The little boy told me that they had blueberries beginning to grow and that HE was going to make medicine from them. "That's right", I told him, "a lot of medicines are made from plants and flowers. So...
when I read this BBC article, I now know that there are more than 28,000 plant species that are used for medicine.
Once again, on this very same day...I came home and brought my mail into the house. All at once, I had a sharp pain on the side of my arm...I looked down and my arm was beginning to get red. Thinking I had gotten bitten by an insect, I didn't think much of it but as the evening wore on, and there was this unbearable kind of itch, I knew that I had somehow made the acquaintance of poison ivy. My friends, I have managed to live all these years in Georgia and this is the first time that I have been so afflicted. The interesting thing...it was Wednesday when it suddenly "came out" and I could only have been exposed to it during the weekend before! I looked up photos of poison ivy rash and trust me, they look very scary. Mine is really not that bad, it is that I am such a big baby! (That must be why babies like me.) I have it on my right arm, my left thumb and on the side of neck. How in the world? The plant has Poison ivy...leaves of three...let it be! That is the little rhyme that you must remember. But wait, I MIGHT have gotten into some Poison OAK! Oh dear, I will have to fight against this plant blindness. It can be very dangerous!
At the beginning of this post, I showed you a fringe tree that is planted near the entrance at the Monastery in a most formal landscaped setting...but the fringe tree also grows at Arabia Mountain and it is not maintained or trimmed by anyone! The blooms are so lovely that I think that those who design bridal gowns should mimic those blooms on a dress!
Hope you are all are well and enjoying the beauty around you.
Don't have plant blindness!