Sometimes, School Can Be Fun
I don’t want to think about school too much. Because I still haven’t got the results from that mess of an exam, and I should write stuff and I feel like I don’t know how to, so I put it off day after day, and… Well. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about.
But we had two days in early June that were pretty fantastic, on new plants in floriculture, taught by a university professor from Berlin – I found the topic interesting, and he was a good teacher.
Usually, I don’t like group projects much. But the one we did in his class, where we were given a plant, and then had to do research on it and come up with ideas how it could be grown and sold, was pretty fun.
This one – Talinum paniculatum – was ours. We considered uses as filler for bouquets and as a garden plant that is also edible, and made up a ridiculous name for it for that purpose.
The teacher told us that the flowers would open in the early afternoon, so when we got back from lunch, we kept checking on it. Finally, around 3 o’clock they did open, and we all stopped whatever we were doing to look at them.
X Ruttyruspolia ‘Phyllis van Heerden’ (Yes, that X is supposed to be there, it’s not a typo but the sign for an intergeneric hybrid.)
And then my notes also list Russelia tomentosa and R. equisetiformis, but I don’t have pictures of those.