The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

2/4/2022

history of Edward Ler

Lers bionic vegetables

This book is about plants surviving the evolution

300,000 plants make up the earth’s flora

what do plants want? Start with plants in caves

do plants have intentions?

plants don’t need us like we need the plant world

plants are furniture of the planet (location 110)

plants have significant of size

How to See a Plant

ethical principle, Leafs self-clean

Chapter 1: Symbol of the ice

a handful of images 1500 BC was discussed

curves on images relate to creation (ice age art)

cave art is made of animals

plants are like landscape. Not alive!

these images were tied to creation (self-awareness)

Chapter 2: Bird’s Eyes

After Plato was a bird in the wind for a picture in a book

Learn how to picture plant

we see think through our imagination

plants have slow growth for painting and photography

time changes evaluation

Tony’s photography shows something that’s not there

the Author now sees what the photographer saw when he took a picture

2/5/2022 @ 14:19

talk about “primrose of the rocks”

Wooden manikins: the cult of trees 10%

talk of the spiritual cycle of death and rebirth. China has the Kien-mou the 100,00-cubit tree of life. The Buddhist tree of Wisdom has 4 rivers.

talk of trees for Noah ark, the cross

The tree of life becomes the tree of death

talk of Darwin and bible trees

are natural signs of aging related to disease?

Chapter 3: The cult of Celebrity

Yews had grown for millions of years ago over in Norway

there are churchyard yews

yews keep cattle out of church yard maybe 200,000-year tree (myth??)

tree grows 3 stages

5-100 grow quickly

101-500 crown stabilize. and rings become thinner

old age: the tree shrinks

Yews are different. 400-500 grows normally

is the yew a sign of natural religion?

Yews take cutting from itself

Chapter 4: The Rorschach tree

turned it topsy taurine for vanity (myth)

then you have resting places or bars for hollow trees or could be a prison!

Chapter 5: The Big Tree (Sequoias) Red Wood National Monument

cash in on lumberjacking the tree while it was shipped from California to New York

Were they the oldest tree on earth? 1862.

Chapter 6: Methuselahs

4846 years old read from the rings

Bristlecone was found with 5,065 annual rings

climate change, bristle rust causes issues

sex + eggs=gene swapping

In 1960’s dates were planted that 1 shoot sprouted after 2,000 years old.

Chapter 7: Provenance and Extinction

humans can intervene to assist

Trees are living artwork

2.4.2022

Chapter 8

From Workhorse to Green Man: The Oak

between 400 to 600 species of oaks

heartland of oaks is in Mexico

trees bare fruits for animals

provides fire wood and building “goods”

Oak trees are very diverse needs

The height of an oak is equal to the trees thickness

living plant have many stresses

leaf cluster is a family affair

Myths of Cultivation

for aplant it was a mixed blessing

20,000 types of apples

could lose disease resistance, or sense

most of the millions of modern cultivated plants would become extinct within a generation is a human were to vanish from the planet (location 1481).

Chapter 9 The Celtic Bush: Hazel

there is always a retreat after some type of cultivation

as climate warms all species adapt or change to the weather

Start of the Elm decline now hazel pollen is about 50%

Myth of a tree/fish/nut/hazel bush was discussed

Chapter 10 The vegetable lamb: Cotton

is the lamb of God an eatable vegetable?

cotton was a pod bearing plant

was used for fabric

there are four members of the cotton plant, goes back to Ester in the Bible

cotton was used Across the Atlantic 2000 years before Asia

talk about the botany of the US

All flesh is a grass***

the vegetable lamb was like a beast then died after losing/exhausting its resources

Chapter 11 Staff of Life: Maize

Hunters moving towards agriculture (Indian famers)

crops needed cultivation to survive

sweet corn could turn into beer?

maize gene

bulk of Mexican corn was white (maize has a 10,000-year history)

Chapter 12 The Panacea: Ginseng

mind can play tricks with brain?

is the purpose of plants used to help relieve pain

The Roman God of healing Panacea

Used by Jesuit used for sexual drive or fatigue

It’s all about natural selection. “Sympathetic magic”

a walnut looks like a brain….self healing

talk about ayahuasca rituals (2058) vomiting is a sense of rebirth

DNT lets you talk to plants. Do plants have spirits?

ginseng has been put into everything

Ayahuasca – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a South American (pan-Amazonian) psychoactive brew used both socially and as ceremonial spiritual medicine among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. 

Does Aspirin slow the growth of cancer? (2187)

The vegetable mudfish: Samphire

Author wrote her first book Food for Free

THE SHOCK OF THE REAL: SCIENTIST and ROMANTICS

Newtons thought of a rainbow as a prism 2nd law of thermodynamics

Chapter 14: Life versus Entropy: newton’s apple

why does an apple fall directly to the ground?

history of apple generation

sprout of the railroad apple from a thrown-out core, or by birds?

Chapter 15 Intimation of Photosynthesis: mint and cucumber

air is repaired by vegetable planting

book the economy of vegetation

most life on earth is all about photosynthesis. (2522)

Talk about bees pollinating flowers (2528)

talk of “fly traps” (2538)

catch fly trap, Venus fly trap/mouse trap (2586)

Chapter 17 Wordsworth’s Daffodil

most popular flower of the world****

use of plants as metaphor

believes that nature and the human spirit move to the same rhythm (2762).

Chapter 18: On being pollinated: Keat’s Forget-Me-Not.

5 men in bed with 4 wives! **** (2898) 6-12″ tall

18th century the thought of self-pollination

Phillip Miller was on top of bee pollination

nectar attracts bees to flowers

forget me nots are pollinated by flies* (bee-flys?)

flower can use smell pulses, electrostatic charges, or reflecting sound waves, and trapdoors, one-way tunnels, and chemical handcuffs (3020)* to tempt pollinators (3008).

Insects also discriminate between pollinators

talk of nectar and insects

talk of painting of flowers/insects back in the early 1700’s

Chapter 19: Jewels of the Dessert Starfish and the bird of paradise

6 feet tall of the bird of paradise. each flower takes a week to bloom (unfurl) (3184)

they grow on riverbanks, it’s a magnet for birdss*** (3196)

Chapter 20 Growing Together

Establish a “stock” of botany 1700-1800discussed water Chesnuts (3245)

Chapter 21: The Oliver Line

talk of “painting” the tree in watercolor in 1839

Chapter 22: Local Distinctiveness

the native flora has 1,735 species

Lots of plants live on chance

The Victorian Plant Theatre

it all had to do with glass

Glass was great for plants

plant enclosed in a self-sealed jar (glass case) will sustain themselves (3474)

the glass house was 277 feet long, 123 feet wide, and 67 feet high

there were about 50,000 people attend the glass farm

Chapter 23: Vegetable jewelry “the fern craze”

Ferns were even pouched, there was a fern cult

Chapter 24 The queen of Lilies back in the 1830’s

Chapter 25: The Stink bomb the Titan Arum

talked all about painting

Chapter 26 Harlequins and Mimics

more talk about painting and flowers

talk of orchids for cloning

Thailand produces $250 million plants per year

talk of pseudocopulation 🙂

insects use many more senses and cues to navigate

male bees use special stigma to attack a mate

Darwin married his first cousin (4013).

Orchid porn like the rolling stone logo (4059)

orchids died in hot houses for storage (used hot compost)

Reeal language of plants, these can mimic according to the environment

Chapter 27 The butterfly effect: the moonflower

more painting of the moon flower

artist became a political activist

talk of the cactus flower (4297) reminds me of a Tai-Chi pose

when pointing at a plant, she would point and hang onto a straw hat like a anchor (4320) Her English hat grounds her painting

Author was worried that humans could be interfering with pollination (Margaret Mee’s)

Chapter 28: The Canopy Coopertive (air plants)

growing tips have a growing “space” for growth (4462) in /amazon

Chapter 29: Plant intelligence

need to catch insects Venus fly trap

Do you need a brain for intelligence??

CIA with plant intelligence. (4550)

Chemical communication between plant warns other as predators

“the fungal network” between trees

next phase could be the cellular, or sound benefits. It;s documented those plants (beans/corns) selected audio noise.

plants solve problems and adapts to different variation (neurotransmitters (4619))

Epilogue: The tree of after Life

Plants are never simple victums, passive objects, but vital, autonomous beings, and that listening to and respecting that vitality is the best way we can co-exist with them, and inn their difficulties, learn to help them.

One thought on “The Cabaret of Plants by Richard Mabey

  1. Started listening the 2/4/2022 and finished this morning at 6:40 on 2/12/2022. As you all know, I like to give the book of the month a score (1-5). Note: 1 book has received a 5, and no book has received a 1 My average is in the higher 3s. For this book I will score it a 3. Below explains my grading. There are saome goods stats., facts, and thoughts this book provided and some are listed below:
    1. 300,000 plants make up the earth’s flora
    2. what do plants want? Start with plants in caves
    3. do plants have intentions?
    4. plants are furniture of the planet (location 110)
    5. a handful of images 1500 BC was discussed
    6. cave art is made of animals
    7. plants have slow growth for painting and photography (throughout the book)
    8. talk of the spiritual cycle of death and rebirth. China has the Kien-mou the 100,000-cubit tree of life. The Buddhist tree of Wisdom has 4 rivers.
    9. talk of trees for Noah ark, the cross
    10. The tree of life becomes the tree of death
    11. Yews had grown for millions of years ago over in Norway
    12. yews keep cattle out of church yard maybe 200,000-year tree (myth?)
    13. tree grows 3 stages: 5-100 grow quickly: 101-500 crown stabilize. and rings become thinner old age: the tree shrinks. Yews are different. 400-500 year old grows normally
    14. Methuselahs 4846 years old read from the rings, Bristlecone was found with 5,065 annual rings
    15. sex + eggs=gene swapping
    16. In 1960’s dates were planted that 1 shoot sprouted after 2,000 years old.
    17. Provenance and Extinction: humans can intervene to assist
    18. between 400 to 600 species of oaks
    19. living plant have many stresses
    20. 20,000 types of apples
    21. most of the millions of modern cultivated plants would become extinct within a generation is a human were to vanish from the planet (location 1481).
    22. there is always a retreat after some type of cultivation
    23. is the lamb of God an eatable vegetable?
    24. cotton was used Across the Atlantic 2000 years before Asia
    25. All flesh is a grass***
    26. Crops needed cultivation to survive
    27. sweet corn could turn into beer?
    28. mind can play tricks with brain?
    29. is the purpose of plants used to help relieve pain
    30. Used by Jesuit used for sexual drive or fatigue
    31. talk about ayahuasca rituals (2058) vomiting is a sense of rebirth
    32. DNT lets you talk to plants. Do plants have spirits?
    Ayahuasca – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayahuasca
    Ayahuasca is a South American (pan-Amazonian) psychoactive brew used both socially and as ceremonial spiritual medicine among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.
    33. Does Aspirin slow the growth of cancer? (2187)
    34. Newtons thought of a rainbow as a prism 2nd law of thermodynamics
    35. Life versus Entropy: newton’s apple
    36. Intimation of Photosynthesis: mint and cucumber
    37. Wordsworth’s Daffodil most popular flower of the world****
    38. believes that nature and the human spirit move to the same rhythm (2762)
    39. nectar attracts bees to flowers
    40. forget me nots are pollinated by flies* (bee-flys?)
    41. flower can use smell pulses, electrostatic charges, or reflecting sound waves, and trapdoors, one-way tunnels, and chemical handcuffs (3020)* to tempt pollinators (3008).
    42. Insects also discriminate between pollinators
    43. 6 feet tall of the bird of paradise. each flower takes a week to bloom (unfurl) (3184)they grow on riverbanks, it’s a magnet for birdss*** (3196)
    44. the native flora has 1,735 species
    45. Lots of plants live on chance
    46. Glass was great for plants
    47. plant enclosed in a self-sealed jar (glass case) will sustain themselves (3474)
    48. Ferns were even pouched, there was a fern cult
    49. talk of orchids for cloning
    50. Thailand produces $250 million plants (orchids) per year
    51. insects use many more senses and cues to navigate
    52. male bees use special stigma to attack a mate
    53. Darwin married his first cousin (4013).
    54. Orchid porn like the rolling stone logo (4059
    55. talk of the cactus flower (4297) reminds me of a Tai-Chi pose
    56. when pointing at a plant, she would point and hang onto a straw hat like a anchor (4320) Her English hat grounds her painting
    57. Author was worried that humans could be interfering with pollination (Margaret Mee’s)
    58. growing tips have a growing “space” for growth (4462) in /amazon
    59. Plant intelligence: Do you need a brain for intelligence??
    60. CIA with plant intelligence. (4550) Chemical communication between plant warns other as predators
    61. “the fungal network” between trees
    62. next phase could be the cellular, or sound benefits. It;s documented those plants (beans/corns) selected audio noise.
    63. plants solve problems and adapts to different variation (neurotransmitters (4619))
    Epilogue: The tree of after Life
    Plants are never simple victims, passive objects, but vital, autonomous beings, and that listening to and respecting that vitality is the best way we can co-exist with them, and inn their difficulties, learn to help them.

    It was an ok read at first, but enjoyed listening to the plant intelligence and the sound sensation. You can learn from history, but the stats rendered had no effect on my gardening☹. Thhough, I’m a little interested in the neurotransmitter effect on plants?

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