July 15, 2017

Categories: Displays & Specialty Exhibits, General

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For my talk on bulbs last night I used the following abstract. I thought it was quite good myself and you are welcome to use it.

The Story of Bulbs
Bulbs store beauty that stimulates our senses from taste to fragrance, from sight to touch. Some fill and some can kill. Some smell grand and others are only good for flies. Some have enchanted the poets and composers, others have challenged the hybridists. The story of bulbs begins in the wild and finishes in our own backyard.


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3 Responses to Introduction

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    July 15, 2017 at 4:57 am

    Very nice, David!  It reminds me of a quote I use at the end of my Master Gardener botany presentation by Brian Capon from his book Botany for Gardeners:

    Plants purify the air we breathe,
    plants convert sunlight into food that sustains all animals,
    plants provide shade, shelter, materials to build buildings,
    plants are used to make cloth and paper,
    plants are used for medicines,
    plants are used for the sheer delight of our senses with their colors, tastes, textures and smells.

    I’m curious which bulbs you find are “… only good for flies.”

  2. Marcello Pasini. Italy
    Marcello Pasini. Italy
    July 15, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Lovely words!

  3. David Adams, New Zealand
    July 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Some fritillaries have a revolting fragrance. When transported to a show the driver travels with the window open. On one occasion I went into our show hall in the evening. The whole hall reeked.