I more recent times, made some readings on "Plants" and "Depression". It can be called cross and transitive readings. One focus on the tension and excitement of human life, and the other on the existence and perceptions of plants that are living and organisms outside of human beings. I learned a lot, got new inspirations. One of those readings was Daniel Chamovitz's “What a Plant Knows". There, he was simply trying to understand and explain what mechanism plants had. Daniel's a biologist professor. I want to add some excerpts from the book. For this purpose, we present to you an Indoor Plant Vase product that we designed with Aesthetic, Modern and Minimal concerns. Please, take a look at the book I mentioned, a few quotes here will guide you.
"Indeed, we tend not to pay much attention to the immensely sophisticated sensory machinery in the flowers and trees that can be found right in our own backyards. While most animals can choose their environments, seek shelter in a storm, search for food and a mate, or migrate with the changing seasons, plants must be able to withstand and adapt to constantly changing weather, encroaching neighbors, and invading pests, without being able to move to a better environment. Because of this, plants have evolved complex sensory and regulatory systems that allow them to modulate their growth in response to ever-changing conditions. An elm tree has to know if its neighbor is shading it from the sun so that it can find its own way to grow toward the light that’s available. A head of lettuce has to know if there are ravenous aphids about to eat it up so that it can protect itself by making poisonous chemicals to kill the pests. A Douglas fir tree has to know if whipping winds are shaking its branches so that it can grow a stronger trunk. Cherry trees have to know when to flower." "Plants don’t have a central nervous system; a plant doesn’t have a brain that coordinates information for its entire body. Yet different parts of a plant are intimately connected, and information regarding light, chemicals in the air, and temperature is constantly exchanged between roots and leaves, flowers and stems, to yield a plant that is optimized for its environment. We can’t equate human behavior to the ways in which plants function in their worlds, but I ask that you humor me while I use terminology throughout the book that is usually reserved for human experience. When I explore what a plant sees or what it smells, I am not claiming that plants have eyes or noses (or a brain that colors all sensory input with emotion). But I believe this terminology will help challenge us to think in new ways about sight, smell, what a plant is, and ultimately what we are."
"We are utterly dependent on plants. We wake up in houses made of wood from the forests of Maine, pour a cup of coffee brewed from coffee beans grown in Brazil, throw on a T-shirt made of Egyptian cotton, print out a report on paper, and drive our kids to school in cars with tires made of rubber that was grown in Africa and fueled by gasoline derived from cycads that died millions of years ago. Chemicals extracted from plants reduce fever (think of aspirin) and treat cancer (Taxol). Wheat sparked the end of one age and the dawn of another, and the humble potato led to mass migrations. And plants continue to inspire and amaze us: the mighty sequoias are the largest singular, independent organisms on earth, algae are some of the smallest, and roses definitely make anyone smile."