Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Flowers for Snabbynon

Well, it looks like the election is finally getting underway, and this is all I intend to say about it.

I'd like to welcome Mr. Snabby back to Snabulusland and congratulate him on getting through his surgery by [nasal voice] talking about a flower [/nasal voice] that I know he has always appreciated. It has also long been a favorite of mine.

Anyone who has ever hiked or camped in the forests around Mt. Hood knows the trillium well. It is a delightful, unassuming, little flower which grows in colonies very close to the ground. Its delicate, white color stands in pleasant contrast from the dark green mosses and ferns with which it shares its habitat. Its name comes from the fact that its structure consists of threes (three leaves, three petals, three stamens).

The trillium is a hardy plant which is easy to grow, but only if it is left alone. It is uniquely designed to stay alive for many years by recycling its own leaves. Unfortunately, since its stem is remarkably short, giving in to the temptation to pick the flowers inevitably means taking those leaves, too, which fatally damages the plant. Considering a trillium is normally not only able to bloom many times in its natural lifetime, but takes several years to produce each such bloom, that amounts to a senseless waste. I strongly urge you to enjoy the beauty of the trillium by leaving it alone.

The law apparently urges the same thing. I've heard there is a fine for picking trillium in Mt. Hood Natl. Forest.

It is possible to cultivate trillium at home using commercially purchased seeds. They are easy to care for and endure for a long time if allowed to follow their natural cycle. As they are at home in rain forest conditions, they prefer damp, nutrient-rich soil of neutral pH. If properly cared for, they will endure for a long time, eventually developing into a ground-hugging colony. Having trilliums in your garden does require patience. As stated before, it takes a number of years for a single bloom to develop.

As for me, I will always prefer trillium as a simple treat for the eyes on those rare occasions when I'm able to go out into the forests of western Oregon.



Now, get well, Snabby!

4 comments:

DewKid said...

I picked a whole bunch of trillium for Snabby, and sent them to his house. I put them in a beautiful Ivory vase I bought from African traders, interspersed with blue whale baleen, and Bald Eagle feathers. The head of a spotted owl attached to the side of the vase holds a note made into paper from real old growth trees which says (written in ink from a giant squid) "Get well Snabby!"

Now it's time to finish my Bison sandwich. Mmmm. Meat.

DewKid said...

Seriously though, I hope you have a speedy recovery!

Don Snabulus said...

DewKid, the Trillia were lovely. They go so well with my stuffed passenger pigeons, dodo birds, and a saber-toothed tiger still hanging around (not anymore, ha ha). Well, thanks to all for the wishes, but Ladybug has cooked up a nice marbled murrelet casserole in a tufted puffin demi-glace and we mustn't keep her waiting.

Yum!

Seriously, I am doing better today, have fun all.

Anonymous said...

The JUDGE:

You're all going to burn so sloooooooooowly....