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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


“gray” being Asa Gray (1810-88), botanist : wikipedia
Georg Engelmann (1809-84), botanist : wikipedia

16 October 2022