The secret knowledge of psychobotany
Another new discovery while reading a book. This time a short chapter in the book “Datura, Or A Delusion We All See” by Leena Krohn (which is an amazing book BTW that will require a separate entry in my blog soon) about a completely new concept for me — psychobotany. I already am well familiar with psychogeography as an intellectual idea and literary genre and something that I actually define my walking experiences by. Now psychobotany at first seemed like a made-up term just for this book, but in actuality, it isn’t. There is a whole field of study of this concept with books and videos and scientific papers and weird blogs about it. In a nutshell — the whole idea is that flora is conscious, not on the level of humans but also not just on instinct level. Trees communicate with each other about insects and sunlight, plants cooperate with each other and fungi, flowers respond to not just light (which is rather obvious) but also to music. Of course, the plants and trees contact and response time is so slow that is unnoticeable and beyond our real understanding. Well, except for Tolkien — he knew his trees very well and knew what he was talking about when he created Ents in the Middle Earth.
There is also something deeper about the interaction between plants themselves and between plants and humans — our mood can be affected by plants and our behavior can affect plants around us. And I know how I can check it myself by a simple experiment. I have a beautiful Poinsettia that is growing and expanding taking already most of the space on my windowsill. The leaves are strong lush green most of the time, but once in a while some of them quickly become yellow and wilted, and then just as quickly it goes back to opulence. The plant is always in the same spot, it is being watered regularly and there shouldn’t be a reason for it to change that quickly from green to yellow back to green. I wonder if it reacts to my mood changes (that are still very frequent) — and it should be easy to keep track of my moods in comparison to the color of my Poinsettia. And I quite wonder if there will be any correlation between those two?