The Reason for Flowers

Once the flower is exposed to ethylene, it aborts its petals and the tips of the sexual organs shrivel. The surviving ovary expands as ... Other orchids such as hybrid cymbidiums, with their tough, almost woody 136 THE REASON FOR FLOWERS.

The Reason for Flowers

Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs. Flowers, and the fruits that follow, feed, clothe, sustain, and inspire all humanity. They have done so since before recorded history. Flowers are used to celebrate all-important occasions, to express love, and are also the basis of global industries. Americans buy ten million flowers a day and perfumes are a worldwide industry worth $30 billion dollars annually. Yet, we know little about flowers, their origins, bizarre sex lives, or how humans relate and depend upon them. Stephen Buchmann takes us along on an exploratory journey of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, perfumes, while simultaneously bringing joy and health. Flowering plants continue to serve as inspiration in our myths and legends, in the fine and decorative arts, and in literary works of prose and poetry. Flowers seduce us—and animals, too—through their myriad shapes, colors, textures, and scents. And because of our extraordinary appetite for more unusual and beautiful “super flowers,” plant breeders have created such unnatural blooms as blue roses and black petunias to cater to the human world of haute couture fashion. In so doing, the nectar and pollen vital to the bees, butterflies, and bats of the world, are being reduced. Buchmann explains the unfortunate consequences, and explores how to counter them by growing the right flowers. Here, he integrates fascinating stories about the many colorful personalities who populate the world of flowers, and the flowers and pollinators themselves, with a research-based narrative that illuminates just why there is, indeed, a Reason for Flowers.

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The Reason for Flowers
Language: en
Pages: 352
Authors: Stephen Buchmann
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-09 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

An exploration of the roles flowers play in the production of our foods, spices, medicines, and perfumes reveals their origins, myriad shapes, colors, textures and scents, bizarre sex lives, and how humans-- and the natural world-- relate and depend upon them.
The Reason for a Flower
Language: en
Pages: 46
Authors: Stephen Buchmann
Categories: Flowers
Type: BOOK - Published: 1988 - Publisher:

Brief text and lavish illustrations explain plant reproduction and the purpose of a flower and present some plants which don't seem to be flowers but are.
Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board
Language: en
Authors: United States. National Labor Relations Board
Categories: Labor laws and legislation
Type: BOOK - Published: 1980 - Publisher:

Books about Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board
Language: en
Pages: 466
Authors: Judith W. Liberman, Laura Liberman
Categories: Poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-01 - Publisher: iUniverse

"REFLECTIONS" includes works written or adapted from writings created over a period of more than half a century. This anthology contains poems, lyrics, and stories, each written by one member of the mother-daughter team of Judith Weinshall Liberman (mother) and Dr. Laura Liberman (daughter). The vast majority of the works
The Cut Flower Patch
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Louise Curley
Categories: Gardening
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-03-06 - Publisher: Frances Lincoln

An inspiring guide to transforming a small patch of ground, be it on an allotment or in a garden, into a cut flower patch which produces flowers from early spring to late autumn. Louise Curley looks at what makes a great cut flower, ideal conditions and soil and the tools