Garden Gnomes at work and play, Intro page 6The vibrating cell acts as a magnet and draws the garden gnomes to their appropriate position, so that the cell is gradually enlarged until it reaches its limit of possible expansion; it then divides, and a new cell is gradually built up by a repetition of the process. While the material is in close association with the builder, it is not only specialized to suit the requirements of the cell, but it is given the light vibration to which the builder naturally responds, i.e., it is colored. In the early stages, when only the green shoot is appearing, the builders of a certain order are employed; tiny enteric creatures, appearing as points of light. Leaf and stem seem to be the field of their labors. Each change in structure and color calls for another set of builders. When the flower stem and flower are to be built, a new set of builders arrives on the scene. Apparently garden gnomes are more advanced, for, on their arrival, the whole process of growth is quickened and stimulated. They work in precisely the same way, and, as soon as coloration is to begin, the fairies proper appear and implant their special rate of vibration, changing the white and green into the particular color corresponding to the note which called them and by which they work. These last are sufficiently advanced to be fully aware of their task and to find great pleasure in its joyous performance, and they take immense pride in the growing ` child ' under their care. The garden gnomes remain in close attendance, as each new petal and bud opens, until the structure is complete and the task of the builders is finished. They are conscious and appreciative of the admiration of human beings for their work; but, on our approach they seem to plead that the flower shall not be injured. If it is cut they will follow it into the room and stay with it for some time. When the completely flowered condition is reached the full chord is sounding forth, and, could we but hear it, our gardens would have an additional joy. We do not, however, hear that chord, though it may be that, in some cases, we contact it as a scent. We may smell the sound ! As the life force is withdrawn, the notes die down, and a reversal takes place. Processes of great intricacy appear to begin, as, bereft of the controlling and guiding force, the process of decay sets in. It is worthy of note that, in the instinctive labor of absorption and discharge, the garden gnomes, who are said to be on the same line of evolution as the bees, perform a function closely analogous to theirs when they travel abroad for honey and then convey and discharge it into the cells of the honeycomb.
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