[CAM] Floral clock

masanger at kwm.sca.org masanger at kwm.sca.org
Thu Apr 30 17:54:48 CDT 2009

If you ever get to the Niagara Falls area,
go to Queenston Park on the Canadian side (across the Niagara River from
Lewiston on the American side. A few miles North of the actual Niagara
Falls area.)

They have a very nice floral clock. It's a showpiece of the park.

Rose Marian

> It's not particularly period, but the gardeners in the Barony might
> have some fun with this anyhow. :-)
> -Bill
> http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/28/guest-column-lets-hear-it-for-the-bees/?em
> In “Philosophia Botanica” (1751), the great taxonomist Carl Linnaeus
> proposed that it should be possible to plant a floral clock. He noted
> that two species of daisy, the hawk’s-beard and the hawkbit, opened
> and closed at their respective times within about a half-hour each day.
> He suggested planting these daisies along with St. John’s Wort,
> marigolds, water-lilies and other species in a circle. The rhythmic
> opening and closing of the plants would be the effective hands of this
> clock.

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