1. (botany) the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.

By adding an ‘e’ to this, do we get a verb? Anthesise!

More from Wikipedia: Anthesis is the period during which a flower is fully open and functional.

Obviously this is ripe for the … *drum roll* … metaphorical picking.

See also, though, my earlier post on parallels between romantic love and picking orchids, which leads me to a post about how lust corrupts power, not love, and from there onto displacing the shame of impotence with our old friend, awareness. Be careful, it’s a rabbit warren in here sometimes.





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