Plants know things. I know this because I study them.
I want to know What a Plant Knows.
I have read a book by that name written by Daniel Chamovitz.
I also took the Coursera class from Tel Aviv University by that name.
Plants know where they are and the seasons and what they are close to.
I am trying to learn from them. They are teaching me.
This Epiphyllum Orchid cactus never bloomed.
I researched its native habitat.
In Brazil it hangs from the trees.
So I hung it from a tree.
Now it blooms every June.
Humans don’t know everything, but we can learn things
even from plants.
Especially from plants… and animals.
They are the ancients.
It’s much too hot for me out there, but the cacti don’t care.
They keep on growing without slowing.
When the sun is blazing they are amazing.
They tend to thrive where no others survive.
They get dry but do not die.
They think it’s fun to sit in the sun.
I’m no fool. I am in where it’s cool.
This is an Easter cactus, Rhipsalidopsis.
It is finally blooming mid-June.
Maybe we should call it an Eid cactus,
since it is neither Easter nor spring right now.
Its blooms are pointy and sweet.
A cactus by any other name…