Because the end of the semester is quickly approaching, I forgot to post a plant fact for the past two weeks. I am incredibly sorry for those of you who’ve been dying to hear more about plants… But to make up for my folly, I decided to make this post a two-for-one, with another post on the way either tomorrow or Wednesday.
This week’s two-fer is brought to you by the genera Hamamelis and Prunus.
PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK V: The Japanese cherry blossom tree (in the genus Prunus) blooms only for 3-4 days, which is a relatively short flowering period. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom tree (or as they call it: sakura) is a metaphoric representation of life because of the short (and spectacular) flowering time.
PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK VI: I don’t know how many of you have seen the movie Coraline, but in one of the scenes, Coraline is walking around the property of her new home with a “dowsing” rod. A dowsing rod is said to be used to find precious resources like things that are lost, oil, or most importantly: water. Normally, it’s an L-shaped or Y-shaped branch. When Wybie appears, he informs her towards the end of the scene that her dowsing rod is (now this is where my memory gets fuzzy… it’s either poison oak/sumac), which then causes her to throw it away in fright and disgust.
But back to the original matter at hand, witch hazel (Hamamelis) was(is) a popular source of wood for divining water…and the divination of water has been around for quite a long time (just Google it and see how many hits you’ll get)!
Plant Fact I: http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/article/Japan/Japanese-Cherry-Blossom-Trees/1582
Image I: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https://topruneornottoprune.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/cherry-blossoms.jpg?w=300&imgrefurl=http://www.solifestyle.com/2011/04/cherrywatch-2011-brooklyn-botanic.html&usg=__xOA6oLobgRumYsKNF-Y5vY17ezc=&h=1200&w=1600&sz=641&hl=en&start=154&zoom=1&tbnid=2pybjQOBzfWOZM:&tbnh=159&tbnw=210&ei=6LTCTb_iLIbk0gHp1IzvAw&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dsakura%2Bfestival%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D909%26tbs%3Dic:color%26tbm%3Disch0%2C5030&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=561&vpy=372&dur=167&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=158&ty=114&page=8&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:154&biw=1280&bih=909
Plant Fact II: http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/dowsing.html
Image II: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/files/library/a53a5f68bc5861d2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/page.php%3Fid%3D856&usg=__q5F9Lz4ozIwPLUTSd7jV2gAM8OI=&h=426&w=568&sz=41&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=xXfTgM0YdresWM:&tbnh=141&tbnw=188&ei=NEPITazdIYXVgAf88uDOBA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dwitch%2Bhazel,%2Bdivining%2Brod%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1280%26bih%3D909%26tbm%3Disch&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=497&vpy=400&dur=102&hovh=194&hovw=259&tx=181&ty=85&page=1&ndsp=31&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:0