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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Flower Clocks: Flox, er Phlox?

     An Horologium Florae or flower clock, featured last week in The New York Times, intrigued me. And, of course, flower clocks would also be known as flox, er, phlox:



      As I am having internet connection issues today, I am relying on the Flower Clock Link to tell most of the Horologium Florae story. Essentially, gardeners plant a variety of species that bloom throughout the day and night. One can tell "garden time" from the clock but not close enough to catch the 4:06 bus. When you're gardening, though, who cares about 4:06 -- a.m. or p.m.?

       Enjoy reading and a few timely flower photos:







Any flower clocks in your past, present, or future? With or without Roman Numerals and/or upside-down clock faces?

Steph



And speaking of Eire:


26 comments:

  1. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. But I don't think a dead plant is much use. And that's how my plants tend to end up.

    I've had a small vegetable garden out back from time to time, but generally things tended to ripen while I was away, or else they got eaten by deer, rabbits, etc, so I gave up on that.

    I tell people I'm not a vegetarian because I love animals, I'm a vegetarian because I hate plants! (Actually, I'm not a vegetarian.)

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    1. The bugs and bunny problem gets us here. We are looking into getting a large supply of ladybugs for the garden.

      So satisfying to eat those just-picked veggies, though! Even if you hate them ;-).

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  2. How does one set flower clocks ahead or back each spring or summer? Must one twist their stems? Or does the great atomic god in the mushroom clouds above just do it automatically for one... to two in the spring, and one to noon (or midnight) in the fall?

    "Phlox" is my favorite phlower, just because of its name. Merriam Webster gives "phlox" or "phloxes" as plurals, but the one I use is "phloxen," which was almost a word in a lyric to the title song in a "time capsule" late-1960s' musical known as "Hair".

    jan, because I hail from (and snow from) Minnesota and Wisconsin (dual statesmanship), I love animals... mounted and hanging in my den, and processed into venison jerky. But I also love plants... big black-soot belching coal-fired power plants that are sooo much better than solar panels and windmills (except that windmills do harvest birds {Yumm!}).

    I am sure my former U.S. representative Michele Bachman would Bach me up on this, but she is now keeping a low profile. But she still has a million-plus in her campaign coffers/war chest. The Gopher State's gain shall be America's loss when she takes the presidential oath of office a little less that two years from now.

    LegoStateOfPhloxAndBagels

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    1. You say phloxon, I say flaxen. Great Hair Clip, Lego. As to changing clocks and phlox, perhaps you can avoid those during the growing season. Hard to write so much with your tongue in cheek?

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    2. Phloxen! The clip made my morning--never saw that version.Oh, the Cowsills!

      Century Link--what customer service?!

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    3. Just trying to go with the phlo here.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkLLZpTg00k&spfreload=10

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    4. Even better in 2013. "Flowergirl" was a sweet way to celebrate return of internet service. Thanks, Paul!

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    1. I didn't know there was a "Junior Dictionary". Somehow it takes me back to a Thanksgiving dinner ... about fifty years ago.

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    2. Is there more to that story you'd care to share, Paul?

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    1. Uh oh, has the uncommanded reposting bug made its way to PEOTS? I knew I should have had that vaccine ;-).

      The most annoying predictive spelling fix is its to it's. I meant its!

      And happy Saturday from 70°+ Denver.

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    2. And speaking of Éire (see above). . .

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    3. Ok. . .it still made me laugh. :-)

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  5. How about your man purse?

    Pretty wild that it languished in a closet for so long.

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    1. Not wild at all. I've got closets like that.

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    2. But, I put my moon stuff in a special spot.

      What's special in your closet?

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    3. Who knows? I'm not venturing in there!

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    4. Probably covered with moon dust anyway.

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  6. New post on ice calving is up (down?).

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