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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Our friends, the plants: how we can grow them and what they can do for us,   pp. 498-507 PDF (3.3 MB)


Page 498


OUR FRIENDS, THE PLANTS: HOW WE
GROW THEM AND WHAT THEY CM
FOR US
being living, breathing things exe
e, almost personal influence upon the
of the home. Your interest in indoor
f necessity be something quite differe
vhich you feel in your furniture, ri
ul ornaments-one you like as a p(
              tmle otliaer as a friena. As a matter of tact it g4
further than this. It is because plants demand so much of (
it is important to have them growing wherever it is cor
indoors. There is the same question of responsibility and
between you and your plants that there is between you E
human being with whom you come into intimate, friendly ,
Your association with all plant life must be mutual. Yo
give your thought and wisdom and care and effort for the life
plant and in return a plant will give you beauty and fragra.
joy. A beautiful peachblow vase may give you a great
interest, but it demands nothing from you for its growth and lo,
and for that reason it cannot, except in a very vague way ho
interest, because interest must be a living thing, a thing tha
with the demands made upon it.
   Take, for instance, the cut flowers 'that we buy by th,
or by the box from the florist's. They may be full of charm a
add just the needed touch of color and fragrance to our
But somehow, with all their richness, with all their highly eu
beauty, the product of years of professional experiment ar
they lack that peculiar intimacy, that friendliness which is on
most lovable qualities of the home-grown plant. The flow
we ourselves have sown or planted, tended, watched in each
its development and unfolding up to the time of blossoming,
quired an individuality that no outside product can possess.
same way, the wildflowers that we used to gather when v
children were invested with the special halo that clings to
eagerly waited for, lovingly sought. Half the pleasure of th4
of arbutus that we buy today from a vendor on the city s-
early spring, lies in the fact that it recalls so poignantly ti
when we wandered through the woods in search of the tiny p
white blossoms, half-hidden among last year's leaves-e:
starlike faces whose tender perfume well rewarded our carefu
   Rooms without growing plants are never really perfeetlt
factory in spite of the change of furniture from one place to a
its readjustment with fresh color from time to time. Thei
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