Letterman, Jon & Kate +8, Roman Polanski,
Sorry I donÂt follow entertainment news other than my opinion that PolanskiÂs Painted Bird was one of the most gripping and intense books I read as a young woman, I donÂt know enough about the details surrounding these peopleÂs lives to comment . So you may be asking yourselves if you donÂt follow the entertainment news how do you know there are issues surrounding their private lives. The answer to that is simple I donÂt live under a rock. Every newspaper, tv news, and radio (yes even npr) seem to believe that the hobby of examining every nuance in the lives of entertainers, professional athletes, and politicians is so hugely popular among Americans that these details should be conveniently available to hyper evaluate, for weeks on end.
We have noted here on more than one occasion that the hobby of gardening never seems to stir much interest in most of our neighbors let alone the mass media (ie put the G back in hgtv). So I am here to ask you what does Letterman, Jon & Kate +8, Roman Polanski, have that gardening does not?
For those interested in the salacious sexual details of LettermanÂs personal life I propose for your entertainment the far more sexual Aristolochia gigantea (Pelican flower).
For those interested in the lives of Jon & Kate and how they produced many babies (eight) then the drama which ensued when they drifted apart from one another, I would suggest that you take a look at any plant growing in a region that has offered it the opportunity to become classified as invasive. Now if you really want to get down and dirty join in on the discussion of bordering states that donÂt agree on a individual plants invasive tendencies.
For those interested in Roman Polanski who had sex with a child (why anyone would ever want a young girl to flower before her time) then fled from being incarcerated. Fortunately for the world of horticulture I am hard pressed to come up with a correlation of equal horror, but I do wonder why no one seems to be watching the hen house in terms of new plant introductions. There does not seem to be a standard set for evaluating the attributes of new plants prior to marketing, the plant Echinacea seems to be a great example. Which raises the question why are plants now being trademarked and what do we expect that means in terms of future introductions?
So what do you think it would take for plants to get a little press?