Friday, September 23, 2011

Odds and Evens

Last evening, out for our walk about sunset, we picked a star of jasmine flower off a bush at the top of the hill to savor the aroma on the way back down.
Have you ever noticed that flower petals come in odd numbers?
We started looking at the flowers we passed. The hibiscus, the periwinkle, the bougainvillea, they were all odd numbers. Made us wonder about daisies, you know the "he loves me, he loves me not?" If the petals are always odd numbered, it just depends on which phrase you start with.
Many of the flowers have many petals, too many for us to count on our walk without pulling each one apart.
No intention of this being a scientific study - just something to think about and appreciate the beauty around us, noticing the details.

Animals have even numbered legs: two, four, six, eight. Isn't it interesting that plants are odd and animals are even?
 Again, nothing proven or scientific,
Just wondering.
Can you find any flowers with even numbered petals?


  1. Never know what discoveries there are to be made in nature...surprises are all around us.

  2. There is so much we take for granted, "Oh yeah, I know that." Do we really? Some of the little, usually unnoticed details can be the most interesting. Thanks.