by germinatrix | May 21st, 2010
Plants have sex.
Flowers are organs of sexual potential – they are there to attract pollinators to come and eat their goodies. Once inside, the pollinators gorge themselves, rubbing and cuddling up on the flower. Fertile pollen grains from the stamen hitch a ride to the next flower, and while the pollinator is feeding again, the pollen attaches itself to the receptive flower part (the stigma) and plant sex occurs. It’s an inter-species surrogate sex, but sex nonetheless. Procreation results. More plants; more flowers. It’s a thing of beauty.
Even in the desert, plants have sex.
This video was shot at The Huntington Gardens during the Aloe bloom extravaganza 2010.
Everywhere you turn, you are confronted with shapes that immediately take your brain to those kinds of thoughts. There are the sturdy, upright blossoms of aloes covered in tight buds, and then tall, dominating cactus with red protrusions that erupt into bloom, or the small, undulating paddle cactus whose curves draw your eye into its dark places…
or is it just ME who thinks like this?
I don’t think it’s just me – gardens get action all the time, right under our noses.
And that is EXACTLY how it should be!
Relax and enjoy…
The song – “Gold For The Price of Silver” by Kings of Convenience