Episode 9 – Why Men Cultivate Their Masculinity When They Grow Flowers - And It's Christian To Do So

This is a discussion sparked off by my teasing of Charlie for his very East-Bay business venture, The Funky Chicken Coop. He creates coops for suburban chicken rearers. I remark on how the growing of flowers is not valued by all the back-to-the-land enthusiasts of the modern era.

There is a deeper message connected to this for our interraction with Creation is governed by our understanding of mankind’s place within it. The thrust of my argument is in a past blog post too, which you can find here.

Pictures that illustrate the points we make are:

 Juan de Flandes, Noli me tangere. Flemish 15thC. Mary Magdalene mistakes Christ as a Gardener (the artist even gives him a spade).

Juan de Flandes, Noli me tangere. Flemish 15thC. Mary Magdalene mistakes Christ as a Gardener (the artist even gives him a spade).

 Hortus Conclusus, ‘A Garden Enclosed’, Illuminated manuscript, gothic, anonymous

Hortus Conclusus, ‘A Garden Enclosed’, Illuminated manuscript, gothic, anonymous

 Gerard David, The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor. Flemish 15th century. She is shown in a garden enclosed, echoing the Song of Songs

Gerard David, The Virgin and Child with Saints and Donor. Flemish 15th century. She is shown in a garden enclosed, echoing the Song of Songs

 Robert Campin, Madonna-and-Child-with-Saints-in-an-Enclosed-Garden, Flemish 15th century

Robert Campin, Madonna-and-Child-with-Saints-in-an-Enclosed-Garden, Flemish 15th century