Imagine an early nineteenth-century glass house filled with camellias. Camellias placed there in the mid-1800s in the belief that the glass house replicated the best conditions for these Asiatic plants. Inside the plants flounder, sicken. Black aphids fester upon the leaves, buds of flowers die and drop off before they can flourish and bloom to their full beauty. The few that flower normally do so without the usual heavenly scent.
What are the camellias’ stories? What are the emotions felt by visitors to the glass house?
Wollaton Hall in Nottingham was built in the 1580s and it is home to the glorious glass house. Today the hall houses a natural history display and the grounds include a 500-acre deer park and stunning lake. The Camellia House is one of the earliest cast-iron glass houses in the UK and was built in 1827.
In a unique experiment in 2019/2020 musician, beatboxer, and composer Jason Singh was commissioned to create a musical composition using ‘biodata’ of the plants. With sensors placed on leaves he captured the electrical signals from the camellias. These were then converted to midi signals and thereafter generated into music and sounds.
Jason was surprised by the depth of his emotions during the project, at times feeling physically unwell, as well as suffering from anxiety and agitation upon listening to the plants.
He gives an evocative voice to the plants, a sound enhanced as musicians on xylophone and harp responded to the plant sounds and added their interpretation.
Where once visitors walked quickly and disinterested through the Camellia House, during the installation they sat, listened and contemplated.
Hopefully many will have added their thoughts to the sight and music before them. Through the melancholic, entrancing tones Jason Singh wanted to stimulate feelings within visitors about the plants, environment, our place in the world as well as conservation and people’s wellbeing. Furthermore, he hoped to raise questions and exploration of our inner selves and our global position within the natural world. In the process, he unexpectedly tapped into his soul and undoubtedly others experienced the same whilst listening to this most original musical installation.
A final word. I had meant to visit this installation last spring but for obvious reasons this was not possible. However, it’s a joy to finally be able to share about it here on my blog!
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What a fascinating project! The music is so compelling & haunting.
And I did not realise camellias came from the East.
Ju-Lyn, it’s one of those projects you just want to see expanded across other plants, locations! I’m so glad you enjoyed learning about it and listening to the music. Definitely haunting! There are quite a lot of plants which originally came from South-East Asia and now popular in the U.K.! I’m always impressed by how well they flourish in these damp cold condition!
It is fascinating and I love it when worlds collide: in this case, music & horticulture!
Plants are hardy, adaptable and will take root to flourish! Fortunate for us!
Thought-provoking post, Annika, especially your phrase “…without the usual heavenly scent.” Fascinating about the electrical signals from the camellias. Tapping into his soul and likely the listeners experiencing something original. You remind me a little about a show/movie/documentary from years ago “What the bleep do we know.” Controversial yet thought-provoking. I appreciate the video at the end. A fascinating post!xx
Erica, it is very much a mutual experience between the technical expertise of Jason Singh, the creativity of the musician and the listener … and I like how it raises so many more questions about our existence, the planet, our relationship with nature. I’m glad you enjoyed the video at the end, I felt he explains it so well and is a chance to see the experiment from the start. I seem to be stumbling across music-related topics recently! 😀 Hope you’re having a great week and that things are improving in Canada. Take care, hugs xx
🌺 Beautiful flowers 🌺
Absolutely … alas not in my garden!😀
Thank you! 😀
What a fascinating post, Annika. It reminded me of my high school, an old building that was demolished a month after my class graduated. It had been built around a beautiful inner courtyard with a fountain at the center and camellia bushes all around. I often picked a bloom to wear in my hair and it pained me to know that these bushes were also destroyed that July.
Have you read The Overstory by Richard Powers? It’s an incredible novel about the life force of trees and how the health of our earth is dependent upon the magnificent old growth trees we’ve allowed to be cut down in the name of corporate greed. Powers did a ton of research about trees, including the facts that a forest will sway as if it’s a singular body, and that trees communicate with each other to warn of predators. I will re-read this book one day – so much to think about.
Shari, you must have been heartbroken by the demolition of your wondrous courtyard building filled with camellias. What a loss of architecture and flowers. Ahh … what a beautiful action to pick a flower for your hair before class … it paints such a vivid image!
Wow! How have I never heard of The Overstory?! It sounds like an amazing book and has wonderful accolades from other superlative authors. I’ve read about the communication about trees, warning each other etc and the whole story of the book sounds fascinating and gripping. One I look forward to reading this year! I can well imagine it is worth re-reading and finding new thought-provoking elements within the book.
Shari, it’s lovely to connect again and I hope you are doing well. xx
What a unique musical experience Annika. I’ve been watching posts about how tress communicate with each other and even telepathically with humans so I guess it’s very possible that plants can too. Nature really is quite amazing. Thanks for sharing this. 💚
Miriam, it is incredible and I believe we are in the infancy of understanding and communicating with trees, plants etc! I’ve read about trees in contact with each other through root signals and the sounds captured of the camellias here hint towards so much more! One day no doubt our future generations will be flabbergasted at our ignorance and naivity! A delight to share here! Hope you’re all well and enjoying your Autumn! hugs xx
A fascinating post Annika. Its amazing what goes on in nature and we are only just scratching the surface it seems.We have a couple of camellias near us which bloom every year and they seem OK. I would like to know if they have tried to change anything in the glasshouse to make the plants more cheerful!
Thank you so much, Mike and it’s lovely that you see these plants close to your home! 😀 I agree that we are only just at the very beginning to understand and communicate with plants — it will be interesting to see what develops in the next few years. As for this glass house, I do hope changes are made and look forward to visiting later this year! I’ll report back … so far I haven’t had any email by return from the owners of The Camellia House.
What an interesting idea, Annika – I have no doubt the plants and flowers were making all kinds of powerful sounds.
Barbara, I love how you felt that plants and flowers were communicating all the time … and maybe one day will be able to capture and translate their stories! 😀
That would be very interesting!
What a fascinating project, Annika.
We have a massive Cammelias tree in our yard, but I guess the warm climate here suits it.
At one time a Granadilla plant grew and it clibed the entire Cammeliastree,all the way to the top. We would collect the fallen granadillas by the box 🙂 While it lasted, for it died as strangely as it appeared.
The Cammelias are fine though 🙂
Pat, how wonderful to have such a large camellia in your garden and wow, amazing that it supported another fruit bearing tree! It fascinating when this occurs and I just saw something similar whilst out on a woodland walk! Enjoy the beautiful flowers of your camellia – is the scent heavenly?!😀
This is mind-blowing. Electrical signals from plants. Communication with the flora! Incredible. I must tell my son as he is a musician and will be interested.
Amanda, snap! 😀 I bet your son will find it fascinating and my musician, computer scientist and nature-lover son was very taken with the project! Your reaction mirrors mine on hearing about Jason Singh and this installation. Mind-blowing indeed!
It really is mind-blowing! Such innovations are to be admired!
Jason Singh’s project is fascinating, Annika. Thank you for the introduction!
Lavinia, a delight to share about a project that captured my imagination – incredible to merge music, computing and nature into one unique art installation!
This is fascinating Annika and the music is beautiful and otherworldly. I have no doubt plants communicate, we just don’t know how to listen.
Andrea, sometimes I imagine the plants find us humans as imbeciles and in disbelief that we haven’t learned how to listen – yet! Maybe this is a beginning …
Whoa, Annika, you and I are on the same “page,” so to speak in wonderful ways. I’m late to your post because I was away last week visiting family several states away. On the way my guy and I stopped at the incredible Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, where acres of tulips of every color bloomed, and trees sang out in harmony with their pink and white blooms. Paired with this, one of my friends who is a therapist just told me about some new therapy she’s learning for her clients called SSP – a sound healing modality for the nervous system and therefore emotional well-being – all through the use of music. Isn’t it wonderful, how gardens and flowers and music can heal?
Wow! Pam, spooky indeed how we seem to be heading in similar directions! 😀 It’s brilliant that you and your guy were able to travel to see family and enjoy the beauty of nature along the way. Longwood Gardens looks AMAZING! I’ve just spent ages on their website, the tulips are nearly too perfect and must have been astonishing in real life. Tell me that you are going to share about your trip on your blog?! Also, I read a heartfelt article by a young horticultural student and how this year has affected her and her studies. Very erudite, learned and self-aware. My husband and I took a few days away last week, staying in a canal boat and spending days visiting beautiful serene gardens – I came back bouncing with energy. As for energy, I am intrigued about SSP therapy. Have you experienced this? It sounds amazing and yes, life is glorious how everything is disparate yet united! We can’t escape it, nor should we! Here’s to embracing the inter-connectedness of it all! hugs xx ❤️
It’s amazing how a trip away can energize, isn’t it? I hadn’t thought of writing about our trip to Longwood and family… hmmmm. Glad you looked up the website. When I lived in the area with young babies (many moons ago) I was a member and strapped the babies in a backpack and stroller and walked for miles amongst the flowers. “Flower bathing,” I suppose. 🙂 (No, never tried SSP, but listening to a Yo Yo Ma short memoir on Audibles currently, interspersed with his cello playing, and that sound certainly heals!) ❤
Oh Longwood Gardens – that’s what you mean, right? Such a beautiful place!
Yes – love love those amazing acres of floral/tree grace. ❤
Annika, thanks for bringing this study to our attention. How powerful and fascinating! Depending upon the time of year, I spend two to four hours gardening on the weekends. All my anxieties and concerns just fall away. I become totally engaged with each plant. I respond to their energy and they appear to respond to my touch and voice. Yes, I’m one of those plant whisperers 🙂 As urban dwellers, I believe that we very much need to reconnect with the plant life around us.
Rosaliene, I love that you’re a ‘plant whisperer’ and I truly believe that your nurturing is not only beneficial for the plant but for yourself. From your comment, I sense your harmony and peace within you as you garden. It is so restful to the soul to engage absolutely with a garden task, out in nature and physically, mentally and emotionally feel the weights and worries dissipate. Jason Singh’s work takes all this to a musical and scientific level and I feel this is only the beginning of this kind of research!
It’s rather sad and evocative, isn’t it? I wonder if they opened the roof to allow air and sunlight to stream into the building if the plants might flourish?
Jacquie, one does rather wonder if that wouldn’t help a lot! I totally agree, the music is very evocative, sad and incredibly haunting …
This is so cool, Annika. What a lovely place. I’ve listened to recordings of plants before and some are quite musical. I do think that plants are expressive and sensitive to the “vibes” around them. I know that’s true of trees, so why not camellias. I hope that you get to visit the installation sometime. A lovely post, my friend. ❤
Diana, it’s great you’ve listened to plant recordings before – this was new to me and only when researching the post did I come across similar projects. I agree, I’m sure plants can pickk up on the atmosphere of moods etc near to them and react accordingly. Yes, trees are amazing how they ‘communicate’ and we are only in the infancy of studying this topic. So glad you enjoyed my post! 😀❤️
Have you seen Emoto’s studies of the way water reacts to emotion? This is an amazing planet.
Wow! Diana, I had never heard of Emoto and incredible. Almost hard to believe that water is so reactive … how little we know about this planet!
The videos are beautiful. 🙂 So get outside and spread those good feelings to the flowers. ❤
We visited Wollaton Hall some time ago, Annika, and the camellia weren’t in bloom, sadly. It sounds like an interesting project. 🙂 🙂
The house and park are wonderful though and the glass house would be even more spectacular with flowering plants in it! I wonder if the new attention lavished up on the camellias made any difference!
nearly every bigger hall and we have lots of those in Norfolk, has a house for camellias. You are right the plants don’t look happy in there.
During my Hippie time, I lived in a farm commune in Vermont where we all read “The Secret Life of Plants” about music and other communication with plants.
Thanks for sharing your informative post.
Wishing you a great rest of the weekend
The Fab Four of Cley
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Hi Klausbernd, I had not idea that Camellia Houses were so common and although I might have come across them before they have not registered in that case. The only big hall I’ve been to in Norfolk is Blickling Hall. Are the plants faring well in the glass houses you’ve visited? I wonder if the ill-health seen here at Wollaton is atypical?
I am not all surprised you were a hippie and imagine a lot of that time is retained. Oh, you must have so many stories from your time on the farm commune. ‘The Secret Life of Plants’ sounds fascinating and scientific – I do believe plants can absorb the vibes from around them, including humans and that trees can communicate with each other. It is amazing how Jason has tapped into the sounds from the camellias here … only the beginning of this kind of research, I hope.
Thank you, it’s been a lovely weekend and sorting out after our first trip away for nearly two years. It was amazing and emotional! Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! Annika
with the book about my life in the North-American farm communes I became known in Germany. That was published in the beginning of the seventies, a time when people were curious about the so called counter culture. Within one year I changed from a university career in America to media career in Europe and became an author and guest to many talk shows. I liked it but at the same time I missed the university ever since.
I agree, the camillias in the their big houses like in Felbrigg didn’t really look healthy. I read that most camellia houses in Norfolk were orangeries in the beginning. But that didn’t really work and so they used them as camellia houses. Nowadays with large glass sheeds citrus fruits do very well here because we are top on sunshine hours in Europe. Camellias seem to be out of fashion. In all the large modern glass houses you don’t find them anymore.
The garden part in Blickling was restorated in the last years. It was run down before and closed to visitors.
Dina was out fotografing our white owl here. She will feature in our next post. I was working in the garden with Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma and writing about AI, a topic I am interested in and we just blogged about.
Wishing you all the best, have a great, happy and healthy week to come
The Fab Four of Cley
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I look forward to Dina’s white owl photos – she has a special touch and captures the characters of the animals within her amazing photos. Oh, it is perfect gardening weather and this year we have more birds than ever!
I did see your most impressive and excellent post on AI. A superlative article; I have not heard of any of the books you mentioned. However, it is a topic that interests me too as my son is studying computer science and AI at university – ultimately wanting to work for a company that uses AI to develop and supply clinical software around the world. The coding looks incredible and is yet a world away from all the other computer languages!
Wow! Congratulations on your immediate success of your book. That must have been fantastic! Is the book still available? I am intrigued.
my book “Landkommunen in Nordamerika” (Farm Communes in North Amerika) is out of print for many years now. I see it nowadays as a youthful sin but it started my writing. I see it as sin because of the presentation, very freaky 😉
Well, it not really started my writing because my scientific book about reception analysis of the late lyrics of Bert Brecht was already published by a publisher of a Swiss University. This book was based on my lectures at the McGill University/Monteal.
You can be proud that your son is studying AI which is the future. This coding will be the language of tomorrow.
Dina just saw the owl again, jumped out of the car to photograph it whereas I drove home with Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma.
With lots of love from the sunny sea
Truly beautiful. Am enjoying. Camellias in all the local gardens. They seem to thrive well here on Pennine slopes.
Georgina, thank you and wow, how wonderful that you see so many camellias locally. 😀 I only know a couple of bushes nearby. Hmm … I don’t remember seeing many when I lived in the Pennine’s but there again as a youngster these might not have been on my radar. Glad they flourish there and I’ll look out for them next time I’m up!
Yes, I was always worried my one in Spain would suffer from the frost! Red ones here, almost a fashion!
Makes you think on a totally different level. Thank you for sharing.
Absolutely, Erin! 😀 A delight to share here!
I love Camelias and wished, I could take care of them. Thanks for your beautiful post, dear Annika.
Sovely, camellias are amazing plants and must admit I’ve never dared to have them in the garden! I fear I would do something wrong! Luckily my neighbour has a large beautiful camellia in her front garden and I’m able to enjoy seeing it every day! So glad you enjoyed my post! Wishing you a lovely weekend! 😀
Lucky you, yes, Camelias are true beauties. I’m always delighted whenever I see one. Lucky you, you got it close by. Lots of love from Germany. Yours, Sovely
How interesting, Annika, and I found the music haunting, too. We actually have a magenta camellia right outside our front door. It’s mainly in the shade with a little sunshine, but it blooms and thrives each year. 🙂 Wonderful post! ❤️🌺
Lauren, how wonderful! 😀 it sounds like you’ve found the perfect place for your beautiful camellia with the ideal combination of sun/shade location. I bet at this time of year you pause every time as you leave or enter the house to take in the beauty and scent of your plant. I wonder what its music would be and imagine one of light and lilting joy!
Annika, Sights and sounds merge here to produce a mesmerizing atmosphere. I wanted to reach out and touch as well as inhale the scents. Very lovely post. The exquisite beauty of the camellias is simply magnetic. Thanks for sharing this glass house and post with us. If and when we can travel again, this is on my bucket list. Be well and have a great week.
Mary Ann, as a musician and someone passionate about the natural world, I am not surprised my post has touched you deeply. 😀 It is incredible how Jason has blended the scientific with nature to create a haunting musical experience. I love how it has created such a strong emtional reaction within you so that you want to actually reach out and touch the plants, to be there in person. Yeah! Great that this place is on your list to see when possible … I’m not allowing an if to feature in my thoughts! Wishing you a special and relaxing weekend! 😀
Annika, thank you for such an insightful comment about my response to the post. Nature and music are near and dear to my heart. Both have been known to elicit goosebumps when I see and hear. Be well, lovely lady and enjoy the weekend. oxox
A fascinating post, especially with the both those thought provoking videos.
Thank you so much, Margaret! I found the videos fascinating and glad you enjoyed them too.
This really is quite amazing, Annika. The music is very haunting.
Robbie, definitely haunting and almost ethereal! I wonder what differences there would be in the sound from plants around the world.
Annika, thank you for this fascinating and beautiful post. Wollaton Hall is so very beautiful even in winter when I once visited. What you tell and show here brings it totally to life.
The Camellias’ song caught by Jason via bio data carries a shivering beauty. I knew that plants emit sounds that e.g. bees can here but to hear their sounds put to music is ethereal. Many of us talk to plants and trees ( I do ) and somehow I felt they can respond to my joy of them being.
Listened to the links you provided a number of times and hope he compose more,
maybe also from flowers in the wild.
Miriam, wow! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and a delight to hear your close relationship with flowers and trees!😀 With nature at the heart of many of your poems, your love for the natural world shining strong, I am not surprised you talk to plants and trees. I bet they flourish under your care! 😀 How could they not have such attention, care and love lavished upon them.
Blimey, I had no idea bees could hear the plants, that is incredible and makes sense seeing and hearing Jason’s experiment and installation. It would be incredible if he could capture the biodata of wild-flowers – I imagine a bubbling and lively tune! Hopefully he will extend this fascinating research.
Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend, my friend! xx
This is a wonderful story! I hope these beautiful flowers can live outside. The music is very interesting.
Jennie, it is most unusual and intriguing… I was smitten with the idea after just picking up a leaflet about it, and the result is even more incredible that I would have imagined! I’m writing to the owner’s of the Camellia House to ask why the plants are left in the glass house when they are obviously not well. There must be a good reason!
Yes, it’s most unusual and intriguing. I hope you get an answer about the plants.
This was a fascinating post and rather upsetting, actually. It has always pained me to see diseased plants. I wasn’t surprised to hear Jason describe how he felt unwell during his project.
Liz, I didn’t want to make you upset! But yes, it is sad to see the diseased plants and I’m writing to the owners of the Camellia House as I am intrigued why the plants have not been moved outside. I’ll let you know what they say.
Jason’s reaction was so genuine and he was so surprised himself… it really brought home the effect of the sound, music and the power it has to touch us. I would love to see this experiment on a much wider scale with different plants across different countries … that would be an amazing project!
Annika, your post was a true joy to look at (such a gorgeous photo of the flower) to read and to listen to.
I have a friend who used to be a florist and when his plants at home were not doing well he would scold them and move them away from their “friends” and eventually the plant would behave!
I also do yoga in a room surrounded by plants and when I do certain poses that either make me look at them or even touch them I thank them for cleaning the air in my room. These plants are flourishing!
So, it’s so fascinating that plants could emit sound and I loved what the second video said about climate change.
What a beautiful place, this Camellia glass house! Thanks for sharing this fascinating post, Annika.
Carol, wow! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and it’s wonderful to hear your personal & close relationship with plants. How special to practice yoga surrounded by plants – the soothing tranquility of them perfect for you and your presence helping them to flourish! Yeah!
Haha! Your friend’s scolding of them had me smiling and blimey, it seems to work!
We really know so little about the natural world and I feel one day people will look back at us and wonder how we treated nature is such a shambolic inept way. You two have it sorted though! Makes me wonder if the camellias were reacting to being ignored by all the visitors – maybe they need more tlc? It is amazing how Jason has drawn a global link with climate change and other serious issues from this single experiment … truly makes one stop and consider our behaviour in depth!
Carol, I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and found it fascinating on so many levels. A joy to chat away here! xx
Blimey…now that’s a word we don’t hear around here. It’s so amusing!
You’re so right about how we ought to be more respectful of nature and I wouldn’t be surprised if the camellias felt ignored. Which reminds me of the photo of the camellia you posted. It took my breath away with awe.
Jason is amazing and incredibly talented and inventive – I’m so glad you posted this. I knew nothing about plants inspiring musicians with, I suppose their vibrations but it might also be some other force which Jason seems to have tapped into.
It makes me want to listen to the plants in the yard and the surrounding forest, Annika. A number of the conifers are dying because of the drought. I can’t imagine them very happy. On the other hand, the white oaks seem to be thriving. And they already have so many secrets. What would they be saying. Today I was cutting out poison oak plants along a nature trail I am building through the forest behind our home. I suspect I wouldn’t want to hear their conversation. A fascinating post. Thank you. –Curt
Curt, I think many will hesistate for a millisecond before cutting away plants now, wondering what they are saying! 😀😀 The poor conifers must be suffering – is it a natural landscape for them as I imagine California to often be drought-ridden? Good news about the flourishing white oaks! I would love for this experiment to be practised on a much larger scale, see the difference between plants, healthy and poorly ones. The results would be fascinating … I hope someone carries out this kind of in-depth research in the future. In the meantime we have to use our own imagination with the plants and trees near to us! 😀
The Douglas fir are happier living close to the coast where there is much more moisture, Annika. I suspect that someone planted them here in hopes of harvesting their lumber. Ponderosa pines are much more drought tolerant. White oaks seem to thrive. At least so far.
Imagine if a plant could tell us its problems. I’ve no doubt that they are sentient in their own way. And we are learning more about how they can communicate with one another. A paint in an area is attacked by an insect and other plants in the neighborhood start cranking up their defenses. 🙂
Curt, I’ve read about animals changing their behaviour and looks to try save themselves from being hunted but never about plants reacting to another being attacked and adjusting accordingly! Fascinating! Many thanks also for the interesting facts about the trees!
The science on plant reactions is relatively new.
Just this morning I was reading an article in Natural History about how spices evolved as a mechanism to discourage animals and insects from eating them. We certainly see that here. The deer herd tends to stay away from any spices we grow outside.
Another interesting point was that babies begin to develop their future tastes while in the womb. If mommy likes certain spices, it is likely that the baby will like those spices as well once it is born. –Curt
I think camellia is a slow-growth plant that lasts for ages. I have a camellia plant about four feet high but I have it for more than ten years. They bloom in the late winter and seem like the cold weather. I have two flowers left on the plant.
I don’t understand the original intention to have a glasshouse for the camellia because the plant seems to grow well in cooler weather and does need to be in a warm room. I imagine the glasshouse keeps it to a certain temperature.
The experiment is fascinating and it reminds me of the movie Avatar.
Just let you know I finished reading Oskar’s Quest and will post a review on Amazon soon. It’s a delightful book, Annika. I would like to read the Story Teller and post both reviews on my blog after I’m done with the tour.
Miriam, it’s wonderful that you have a camellia plant and there seems to be a lot of these smaller ones as well as the much larger sized one. Our neighbour has a giant one across the road and it is still full of blooms and a delight to see. The flowers are extraordinary! Enjoy yours! You are right about the time of flowering and also that glass house are not ideal for them … I think the time it was created and the plants imported they meant well and had no idea the plant would flourish so well outside in the UK weather. What is less clear is why the plants are still there and I’m trying to find an answer to this question.
Wow! I had no idea you were reading Oskar’s Quest and so happy you’re enjoying the book. Thank you so much for the upcoming book reviews – it means a lot to me! xx
ps. Hope you’re having a great time on the book tour – I’ve seen you around but not had time to answer as I’ve been away! Amazing feeling after 21 months at home and I feel rejuvenated and refreshed!😀
My sister-in-law has a big camellia plant in the back yard, about 3’x6′. It must has been there for years. The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden here in town has a camellia garden, rose garden, Chinese Garden, Japanese garden, desert garden, Australia garden and more in addition to the art exhibits.
I bought both of your books long, long time ago, along with my other books in the growing Kindle.
Don’t worry about the book tour. I’m happy to hear you’ve been away and enjoying yourself. We finally went to see our granddaughters in March for Nora’s first birthday. We’ll go again for the Mother’s Day week.
Take care and have a wonderful time! 🙂
Wow! The Huntington Library and Botanical Garden sounds amazing and I imagine you are regular visitors there! I’m imagining all the scents … heavenly!
Yeah! So glad you got away to see your grandaughters — precious times! hugs xx
I used to live by Huntington Library back in the days with no admission fees. Some students sneaked in from the areas with no fences and studied there. We had never finished walking around all the gardens in one visit.
Enjoy your getaway, Annika! ❤
We’re back now … it was heavenly and look forward to sharing a bit about it soon! xx
That’s lovely, Annika. I’m sure you have a lot to share! ❤
This is fascinating, Annika – but why are the poor camellias still stuck in the glasshouse? Can’t they be moved outside?
Mary, absolutely! I’ve tried to find the answer to this as it seems so obvious but assume there is a good and sensible horticultural reason why they have remained inside. Is there concern of their disease affecting others outside? Still interesting project and hope to see the glass house for real sometime!
If you ever find out, do let me know.
That was exactly my reaction, Mary. Why are these diseased plants being kept in there to suffer?
Wow. So interesting. I would like to visit there too. I hope that musician finds flowers that evoke happier music sometime.
Betsy, that would be fascinating to see how the music differs with different healthier plants etc! I see an extension to this project is necessary!
This is so fascinating! What a gift to get to experience this first hand, Annika. The music reminds me of the Stevie Wonder album, “Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants.” Thank you for sharing!
Jan, it is amazing and I hope there will be many more such installations across the country and I manage to experience one myself! I’ve never heard of the Stevie Wonder album but I’m intrigued and will try to find it. Sounds like he was way ahead of his time!
Jan, I’ve listened a couple of times to the album and wow, it is amazing! Love the music, psychedelic nature of some of the tunes, gentle harmonious of others. Wonderful listening – thank you for pointing me to the ‘Journey Through The Secret Life of Plants’ — it’s now on my playlist!
Lovely flowers and what an informative post! Music and nature has an age-old connection. Thanks for sharing Annika.
Exactly, Balroop! 😀 And that connection with plants and music has here been directly linked, expressed and shared with a wider audience. Quite dazzling when one really thinks about it!
Thanks for sharing this story Annika. The glass house, plants, and music experiment are fascinating. The music sounds disharmonious to me, maybe due to their health and general climate issues?
Brad, I think you’re right about the disharmony within the music and imagine it is a reflection of the ill health of the plants… one wonders what the sound of healthy plants would be like? Hopefully there will be more studies within this area as it is a fascinating topic and one can see it having far-reaching results!
Never knew that plants too could produce music and could make sounds. Awesome videos and post, Annika.
Kamal, the wonders of nature will never cease to astonish us! It is a matter of tapping into their magic and finding a way to ‘hear’ them! This is only the very beginning, I imagine!
Yes Annika I completely agree with your valuable feedback. That is the beauty of nature. It’s a God given gift. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
I have heard this before–believe it–but never seen it discussed to this depth. Loved both videos. I was hoping Jason’s music would somehow heal the plants!
Jacqui, looking around I see this has become quite a popular experiment with plants and it is exciting to see the different music as a result! Jason’s reaction is intense and it’s wonderful to see the audience and their emotions! Yes, it would be great if the music healed the plants but maybe this is more a case of giving them a voice!
Very enjoyable post, thanks, Annika.
Thank you, Elizabeth! 😀
Fascinating. Love the flowers.
My miniature camellia tree, instead of flowering as usual, died this January, even though I had re-potted it in 2019, which produced an abundance of flowers in Jan 2020.
Oh, Ashen, I’m sorry to read about your beautiful camellia tree. How strange and I assume nothing unusual happened to it, such as severe frost. You must miss it a lot. I had no idea there were miniature versions – how special. Will you be buying a new one?
Thank you Annika. I’m thinking about getting a new miniature camellia tree. Presently I admire the tulips opening. They make me smile, so hesitant during the still cold mornings, wrapping up for the night, but unfolding every day a little more.
Fascinating, Annika! Thanks so much for sharing. ❤
Bette, a delight to share here and one I’ve wanted to for a long time! I was holding out hope to visit the glass house first but no such luck! Hope you’re having a lovely week. Xx ❤️
Intriguing post, Annika! I would love to visit that glass house and Singh’s installation too. 🙂
Jennifer, glass houses are wonderfully evocative and uplifting places, albeit very hot in summer! 😀 This glass house seems like such an original one and to hear the music within must have been amazing! Hopefully this is only the start of such installations for Jason Singh and we will get to see some in the future!
This is fascinating! Thank you for writing about this.
Rachel, I picked up a leaflet about this early last year and I’m glad to finally share here! A unique and incredible music experience!
What a beautiful building. I feel like the camellias are well represented with this haunting and uplifting music. Very cool
Ally, the building is glorious and I imagine I would be torn between looking at this and the camellias! 😀 It was so well meant when created for these beautiful plants. It is amazing to think how they have now been given a voice and yes, definitely haunting and uplifting music! I’d love to hear what other plants are ‘saying’.
Thinking outside the greenhouse takes thinking outside the box to a whole new level and shows us how interconnected we all are. Thanks for sharing this treasure with us.
Pat, it truly is a treasure and I hope they bring the experiment / installation to more plants, settings around the country. I agree, it is wonderful to see, hear the interconnection between all living things on the planet! Quite reassuring in many ways!
Fascinating, but weird! All it needed to complete it was a voiceover by Prince Charles talking to the plants 😉
😀😀 Clive, I can’t get this image out of my head now of Prince Charles walking around the glass house, all somber, sharing his wisdom! 😀
He was reported as doing it some years ago, so I’m surprised they didn’t ask him to add the vocals 😉
This is such an interesting experiment, Annika. Thank you for sharing this. ❤️
A delight to share, Jill … just wished I could have heard it myself! There are so many unusual cross-over experiments with the modern and the natural world. Fascinating!
That’s quite an amazing experiment and story, Annika. Perhaps the plants feel more than we usually give them credit for. It sounds like Jason was tapping into that and feeling empathy for their displacement and melancholy.
Norah, listening to Jason talk he was genuinely shocked at how the plant sounds affected him, something he had not counted on at all. One almost senses their suffering, forlorn existence… or perhaps I’m reading too much into the sounds? It is proven that trees ‘communicate’ with each other through root vibrations … why not plants and their leaves!?
Yes. I’ve heard that before. I think we humans have a lot to learn.
What a strange experience – I imagine the camelias are saying let us out of here! Hopefully they are enjoying the music. I over glass houses.
Janet, the thought did occur to me too! 😀 One does rather want to see them prospering de but there must be a reason this has not been carried out. The installation is an unusual project but part of a series of events called Plant Blindness, bringing awareness to the natural world through different means!