Plantidote of the Day 2011-02-14
Cliche alert: It's the obligatory Valentine's Day rose, here to remind you that today is the day to remember a certain someone. Roses, as you've probably noticed, are actually very expensive right now. But no worries! You can fan those flames and make your next car payment by using "floriography" -- the language of flowers. It's like texting, but with plants.
A good place to start is with a website like the Victorian Language of Flowers, where you'll discover that an azalea, for example, symbolizes passion, lavender represents devotion and even a simple cactus sends the message "My heart burns with love." Or you could just email a shirtless picture of yourself -- oh, wait ... never mind.
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Readers, please send twig (firstname.lastname@example.org) images and stories for the ongoing Plantidote of the Day series. In exchange, you'll win undying fame in the form of a hat tip! Plants growing in your garden, your house, or neighbor's yard, plants from the forest or farmers' market, plants you preserved, plants you prepared (wine; cider; tea; dried beans), plants you harvested (grains; chanterelles), plants you picked (flowers), plants you dried (herbs), plants you covet or hope to grow someday. Herbal remedies, propagation tips, new varieties, etc.. And if you can, include some solid detail about the plant, too -- a story, the genus and species, or where you got the seeds, or the recipe, or your grandmother gave it to you. Or challenge us with a "Name That Plant" mystery entry ... And please feel free to add corrections and additional information in the comments.
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