The magnolia’s seed pod and fallen leaves speak out
There were many questions from Day 1 at Winter’s Design Week, UK. This one was duly noted:
When the coolest of the air meets with sun on the surface, how do you plants cope?
Magnolia: “Firstly, this is not the end of life. It is only the end of the cycle. All plants regroup to come back for next year. As for our form, well it’s pretty “top notch”. We have to accommodate second by second to deal with the changing climate and light. We have gone from soft and colourful to strong and woody. Our tensile strength is amazing. We can survive coldest frost, because we work with it, but watch us go from hard, dry strength to soft pliability with water resistance through the season. Even we are excited about it.”
Leaves: “Magnolia is right. The world thinks once we have fallen, we are doomed, but that isn’t the case. And we would just like to request, please don’t rip us off from our branches and stems literally. People have a habit in their gardens of removing us manually to “tidy us up”. It is rather impolite. Don’t do it. It isn’t good for us as we can not further our cycle efficiently, and furthermore, ladybirds and their insects lose their sheltered accommodation.
As for our form and structure, we are born with very high flexibility, even when dry and brittle. As with brown leaf here, he is a quite dense material, but can curl inwards and create pockets of air to sit tight in branches to reflect on the world as it suits.
For us flat leaves, who are now yellow fellows, we lose water weight during Autumn training. Once we become lighter. and float to the ground, our drier forms allow us to twist and turn in the wind very easily, then we can race to meet up with our friends when the wind blows. Winter, it’s all positive.”
© 2014 La Floralie