Lead­ing us down the gar­den path

Gar­den’s show-offs, beau­ties and flirts lure us with their own spe­cial lan­guage

Grand Magazine - - FEATURE - Story and pho­tos by David Hob­son

THERE ARE PEO­PLE who talk to plants, but it’s un­likely to be a re­cip­ro­cal dia­logue. Af­ter all, plants evolved mil­lions of years be­fore hu­mans — and got along quite well with­out us — so there’s no rea­son for them to com­mu­ni­cate.

There are plants, how­ever, that do make a state­ment by their very pres­ence, as in: “Stop right there and look at me — yes, me.”

Some of th­ese plants de­mand at­ten­tion with­out even try­ing. A glo­ri­ous rose bush in full bloom eas­ily catches the eye, call­ing out, “Get over here right this mo­ment and bow down be­fore me.”

And peo­ple al­ways do, be­cause if the pure per­fec­tion of the splayed pe­tals don’t get you, the fragrance will, and be­fore you know it you’ve agreed: “Yes, you are gor­geous.”

Sim­ply look­ing gor­geous cer­tainly helps, but it isn’t just the pretty ones that at­tract at­ten­tion.

Like guys in a gym pump­ing iron to get a body that says “I’m da man,” there are mus­cu­lar plants that take on a ma­cho per­sona. They’re big, bold, ar­chi­tec­tural

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