studying roses considerably as he journeyed
Although he delighted in the “gorgeous flowers” of Colorado, he was not able to do much in botany — “the scientific interest comes afterwards,” he said, and did what he said Gray called “puttering” — wondering the while...
ex preview snippet, Andrew Denny Rodgers, American Botany, 1873-1892 : Decades of Transition (1968) : 150 : link
my own slow “puttering” course which if it does not accomplish much has its attractions
what he said Gray called “puttering”
still puttering away at plants