naked flowers

Judy Glattstein
Sun, 03 Aug 2003 17:43:07 PDT
An old common name for colchicum was "the son before the father" since
people were confused by flowers in fall but seeds in spring - thinking of
the cycle as one that followed the calendar year. So we are not the first to
be puzzled by which came first, the flower or the foliage (more euphonious
than flower/ seed.) Though you would think even if they wanted to call seed
= son it should have been flower = mother.

Judy in thunderstorm New Jersey where surely my salvaged Lycoris squamigera
will decide it's now time to wake up and flower

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