KRAMER: “The pig-man! I saw a pig-man! He was just lying there and then he
woke up. He looked up at me and made this horrible sound” (MAKES SOUND).
George: “Kramer, what the hell are you talking about?”
KRAMER: “I’m talking about the pigman, George. I went into the wrong room
and there he was.”
George: ‘A pigman?”
KRAMER: “Yes, a pigman. Half pig, half man!!!!”
A chimera is an individual or organism consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution. A classic example of a chimera in literature and film is the Centaur, a mythical human-horse hybrid found in stories dating back to ancient times and recently characterized in the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling. Centaur’s are endowed with wisdom in stories, but also have the reputation as being bold and somewhat fierce when threatened. Not all chimeras involving human genetics are easily recognizable. Could you tell that Star Trek’s Mr. Spock was Vulcan at a glance if he was wearing a beanie to cover his pointy ears, when in fact, Spock is half human and half Vulcan. Agents Scully and Mulder had great difficulty identifying the Human-Alien hybrids in the X-files, though Cosmo Kramer easily identified the Pig-man on a visit to the hospital with Jerry, George and Elaine. These are just a few examples of chimeras in pop culture. In horticulture, we have our own chimeras, and some of them exist in production right here at Little Prince! No, Mike is not a mad scientist experimenting with plants in some dubious effort to take over the world, but he is growing a really cool plant that’s on our availability this week. Echibeckias are genetic crosses between plants of the genus Echinacea and the genus Rudbeckia, and they are a beautiful combination of traits of both flowers. They may not be quite exciting as a Pig-man, but they will behave much better on garden center benches! Make sure you add them to this week’s order, as our supply is limited, and once we’re out, we don’t have additional crops in the future.
We have so many cool plants that are looking great this week! If you have not ordered a collection of our indoor tropical ferns, you should do that right away, as they are super popular and selling fast. Also, there are still some really nice rex begonias left. Frankly everything is looking really nice, which is no surprise given that we’ve have a perfect run of growing weather for the past month, and of course the fact that we are Little Prince! Check out all the new photos this week and we look forward to your orders.