Beewatching’s Blog

What might have been
March 3, 2009, 10:54 pm
Filed under: 1, Garden, Growing things

When my younger son was about ten, he decided he wanted to cross pollinate a violet with a chrysanthemum. I tried to explain that it was unlikely anything would result, but if he wanted to collect pollen in the spring when the violets bloomed, and save it until fall until the chrysanthemum bloomed, he could try it. What? Wait six months? No surprise here, he dropped the notion. Back to the Legos. That old maid of a chrysanthemum is still with us, a burst of pale pink flowers late in the summer. The violets show up reliably every spring. The two might-have-been parents of a new species have never met. It’s just as well. They’d have argued every year about when their progeny should bloom.


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