Fascination of Plants Day, 2022

Fascination of Plants Day is May 18th every year.

Steve, from ‘Portraits of Wildflowers‘, alerted me to this date the other day, which I must admit I had not heard of before. I don’t feel guilty about that though, as there is zero awareness of it in Germany. All the more reason for writing something to mark this day. 🌷

 

First, a definition:

The sixth international “Fascination of Plants Day” will be launched by plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO).

The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture and sustainable production of nutritious food, as well as for horticulture, forestry and the production of plant-based non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

As a gardener and plant lover, I find plants fascinating full stop.

But as a vegan there is the additional interest because they form the basis of absolutely everything we eat. We substitute oat and soya drink for milk, coconut milk for cream, and use nut ‘milk’ for sauces. We eat products made with wheat, lupin, pea and soya protein. Amazing… meat alternatives made out of lupin protein… 😃

We consume leaves, fruits, roots and tubers, seeds, vegetable oils, pulses and grains.

Like many Germans, we heat with wood in the form of wooden pellets. We all wear clothes made of plant fibres.

And since becoming vegan I use far more herbs and spices for flavouring than before.

To put it in a nutshell, plants are our life, and not just for vegans!

But as I said, I am a plant lover at heart and the flowers that I grow fascinate me for so many reasons…

Their shapes..

Their resilience…

Hellebore on a frosty morning

A couple of hours later

The way they produce pollen and seed…

 

And their ingenious strategies for surviving…

For example, this year has been a mast year for spruce, which means they are producing more flowers/seed and hence pollen than usual, rather than putting their energy into new growth.

Spruce this spring

This is often considered to be a reaction to drought or disease; to reproduce as quickly as possible to preserve the species for the future. It does happen at irregular intervals regardless of climate or environmental conditions though.

Here a few fun facts I found while thinking about what to write for this post:

  • The average strawberry has 200 seeds. It’s the only fruit that bears its seeds on the outside.
  • Peanuts are not nuts! They are in fact legumes, related to beans and lentils.
  • It can take up to 50 years for an oak tree to produce its first acorn.
  • An estimated 100 billion bananas are consumed worldwide each year!

What fascinates you most of all about plants? And have you heard of this special day before? Maybe a botanical garden near you is marking this day in some way. Why not check and see. And if you know any unusual facts about plants, do share in the comments below! 😃

I will certainly be giving plants a bit more thought today while drinking my coffee, picking my radishes, or cooking some vegetable or other with herbs for dinner!

 

Have a great day and happy gardening!

42 thoughts on “Fascination of Plants Day, 2022

    • Thanks, and you’re right. We take it all for granted. This day prompted me to think about how important they are for us all. 😃

    • There are even yoghurts, milk type drinks, desserts and ice creams made with lupin protein. 😜 We don’t eat that kind of stuff normally, but good to know there are alternatives!

        • Yummy! The big revelation last year was discovering a vegan version of sheep’s cheese (feta). Maybe it doesn’t taste like the original to a cheese eater, but since we hadn’t eaten any cheese for several years this was a treat for the tastebuds! 😉

  1. What a lovely post! But no, I have not heard of this day but its aims are admirable. I think a lot of people think the vegan choice is a personal choice for perceived personal health benefits and are not aware of the environmental impact of it. I have just read that if everyone had one meatless day it could decrease deforestation by 20% (I think it was on the BBC web site). Amelia

    • Wow, that would be such a massive difference! There are a lot of misconceptions about why deforestation takes place and very few people realise it is to mainly to make agricultural land for cattle feed.

  2. I hadn’t heard of the day either, but every day fascinates me when it comes to plants. I’ve never noticed the flowers you pointed out on a spruce, for example. How much we miss of what is in front of us.

  3. I hadn’t heard of Fascination of Plants Day either until I saw Eliza’s post and yours. It appears to have low exposure in the US too but I’ve marked my calendar so I don’t lose track of it next year. I love your spruce flower photo but all your photos support the theme. Should you have an interest, I’ll offer the same book I mentioned in response to Eliza’s post: ‘Around the World in 80 Plants’ by Jonathan Drori.

    • Thanks for the book recommendation Kris. The flower I showed is actually a larch flower, but the spruce are very similar, just a bit larger. The trees look so dark when covered in flowers, but finally a few of them are producing a little fresh new growth.

  4. I had not heard of this day, either. Thanks for the information! I’ll have to join in next year because I’m so busy with the Garden Bloggers Fling this year. Fascination of Plants…yes!

  5. What an interesting post Cathy. Thanks for spreading the word about Fascination of Plants Day. Fascination was a great word choice in naming this day. Loved your writing and photos. Happy weekend.

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  7. I’ve never before heard of Fascination of Plants Day, but I sure do celebrate the idea! I love plants and flowers, and think that the joy is compounded when we really pay attention to more than just their beauty, but also the way they propagate, sustain life of insects and pollinators, and sometimes offer us some nutritional benefit. I was so interested in your “fun facts,” including the fascinating lupin protein! I really did love all the beautiful photos, Cathy. So interesting!

    • Glad you enjoyed it Debra. I agree with the paying attention idea… I feel my world is getting smaller as I grow older, but there is so much going on it if we look closely! 😉

  8. your plants are beautiful, I love plants my yard is a veritible please plant some plants, this year I was able to have the energy and strength to have a few gardens, growing o nions of 3 types, corn,, beans of two varieties, butternut squash one of my favorities, watermellon for the first time, see how that goes, and canteloup too. also have developed the succelent/catcus bug or something and also trying to grow moss roses which I had tried before did not work out so well, plus a bunch of different annuals and perreinials and we are looking at getting some vines for the new fence I am leaning toward false hydrengea and akebia and maybe wisteria?

    • Lovely to hear you are planting more plants Roberta! I love butternut sauash too, and this year I am growing sweet corn for the first time. 😃 Wisteria is a great idea. My garden is too exposed for it, but it does grow in sheltered spots in our region. Good luck with your garden and thanks for commenting! 😃

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