Japanese scientists have genetically engineered a chrysanthemum flower that is “true blue” — a color that has long eluded flower breeders and researchers.
Blue has proved a challenge to produce in many other popular flowers, including roses, carnations and lilies.
It hasn’t happened until now in chrysanthemums due to the “recalcitrant and unpredictable expression of introduced genes,” Naonobu Noda from Japan’s National Agriculture and Food Research Organization tells The Two-Way. Noda is the lead author of the paper released today in Science Advances.
When scientists tried previously to introduce genes to create a blue color, Noda said, the flower would “shut them off by as yet unknown mechanisms.” Other attempts produced violet flowers, not blue ones.
His voice rippled through the atmosphere, softly spoken but strong as if lightning struck. “My dear.”
His daughter was lying in a field of color shifting flowers- a meadow of red, purple and blue chrysanthemums slowly twirling in the breeze. Her rich brown eyes shined at the sky, hearing her father call for her. Black hair fell down her shoulders like silk, positioned away from her warm, copper skin.
He flew down to her and lifted her above his shoulders. She giggled as he took her high above the ground, showing her all the sights.
“Follow me, child.”
She laughed. “I’m here, baba.”
It was music to his ears. He was invisible to her, but he took the form of wind and carried her far and wide. The skies were a bright baby blue with clouds floating gently on the current. He shaped them for her and watched as the excitement bloomed in her eyes.
“That one looks like a butterfly!”
“And that one?”
“Like a deer!”
“What about that one over to the right?”
“ … Is that me? I look pretty!”
Then he carried her to a mountain range. On the top of the highest one, he sat her down. Clouds floated around her like cotton, deeply knotted into one another.
“My child, tell me everything you see.”
“We’re on top of a mountain. There’s a big blue sky, a bunch of clouds … um.”
“Do you see something else?” There was a faint heartfelt chuckle in his voice. “Beyond your mountains and blue skies and clouds?”
“No, baba,” she said with a wry smile. “But you can.”
“You can go there and see, my child. You can go anywhere and see what you wish. Knowledge is here– from me and from my art. You’ve seen Soma, haven’t you, sweetheart?”
“The earth beyond the borders?”
“It’s yours. It’s yours to enjoy and explore and build and create.”
“I can learn anything I want to?”
“Yes, my dear. But heed this. Stay away from any person who claims to have seen me but has not been with me. This person has knowledge and wishes to share his knowledge for all the wrong reasons.”
“Okay,” she said, squinting her eyes in the distance. “Baba, how far do the mountains go?”
Her father laughed, picking her up in the air again. As wind, he carried her across the clouds, letting her run her hands through them.
And the mountains– they went as far as she wanted them to.
Chapter Two: Soma will be released Sunday, September 3rd. If you enjoyed this, please share! Follow @the-raven-series for more.
Just gathered some information about the flowers that senbatsu members are holding all thanks to my mom and some Japanese wotas on twitter, including meanings of those flowers. If there’s any mistake please inform me because I may get some flowers wrong.
Shimazaki Haruka: Blue baby’s breath (青いかすみ草) Flower language: dearest wish/desire, dearest joy, pure heart
Yokoyama Yui: Blue chrysanthemum (青い菊) Flower language: please trust me, noble, true love
Note: for YuiParu’s flowers, because they are blue which are not natural colors of their flowers => the blue color is artificial. And usually in Japanese hanakotoba, artificial flowers like that share 1 meaning “dream comes true”.
Kitahara Rie: Allium (アリウム) Flower language: deep sadness, eternal sadness, kind, courageous Purple Agapanthus/Lily of the Nile (紫アガパンサス) Flower language: arrival of love, intellectual outfits
Could you do some fluff with prompt number 4 and Gruvia pleease? :D (and thank you ;) )
I sure can!
Prompt 4: I’ve Never Heard That One Before
“Last round of the night guys, then I’m closing up.” Laxus stated to the ‘boys’ who were seated along the bar, having got to the bar Shonen, two hours ago.
Natsu sighed and pushed off his stool with a yawn, “I have to head home now anyway. Lucy will start to get worried if I keep her waiting.”
“Say hi to my future wife for me,” Leo smirked and Gray rolled his eyes at Natsu’s answering shout, “She is not your future wife!”
All three of them knew Leo was already happily married to Aries, who happened to work at the daycare where Lucy did but it didn’t stop Leo from getting Natsu revved up.
Leo’s smirk widened and he said nothing, continuing to slurp his beer with a wicked glint in his eyes. Natsu stewed in his own juices for a bit before Gray groaned, “He’s just goading you, get out of here, flame brain. Your face is giving me the shits.”
Natsu glared at Gray in challenge, “Your own shitty personality gives you the shits stripper, so bite me.”
“Kinky.” Leo snickered into his fist and both men glared at him, from where he sat in between them, smartly placed there by Laxus to avoid the usual fights.
Natsu shared a few more passing smart remarks before leaving the two.
“Coming over to my place for Sunday night dinner? Aries cooks a mean casserole.”
“I thought she didn’t like lamb.” Gray finished off his beer, leaning back a little when Laxus filled it back up. Then he began shifting seats and wiping over tables, getting ready to close.
“She doesn’t. But the baby is giving her an insane craving for it. She cried for an hour last night while eating a lamb cutlet. Says she’s eating her family.” Leo shrugged and Gray hid a smirk, amused by his lovely wife’s antics.
“I think I can come.”
Leo took a long gulp of his beer before asking with an air of obvious non-nonchalance, “Should we be setting another place for Meredy or…?”
Gray grimaced and Leo sighed, “You guys broke up already?”
“We were never really together.” Gray defended as Leo shook his head, clapping his hand on his friend’s shoulder.
Grow a garden with Blue Bells, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Apple, Grapes,
Plantain, Basil, Parsley, Carrot, Mushroom, and Spinach (You may
purchase starter packets from the store but may only plant 5 different
types of plants obtained this way. Any extra will need to be thrown
away, ate or otherwise disposed of. The rest you will need to find on
Get married, but no woohoo before marriage (you’re parents were old fashioned and so are you)
I finished this painting! It took a lot of work but I’m very happy with how it turned out. It’s titled Chrysanthemum, it’s an 18″ x 24″ acrylic painting on wood panel, and it’s for sale! PM me for details if interested.