1.14.2007

The White Witch's power is weakening.


1'13'07 Seen blooming on la madrona: chaenomeles japonica, the flowering quince, my favorite (and earliest) harbinger of spring. There is nothing like it's deep pink cherry blossom flowers blooming on bare wood to quicken the winter-drugged mind. And so Japanese. An appropriate moniker. Confession: I found a specimen nearby that had layered on it's own ( my favorite means of vegetative propagation) and I dug it up when no one was looking. However, a more truculent quince I have yet to see. Perhaps it still resents it's ill-gotten beginnings.......
SIGNS & SYMBOLS
(aka excuse me while I gambol)
I am so hooked on the symbols and stories of spring. Even now, scarcely a week gone from Epiphany and I am looking ahead, scanning the heavens for a sign.
I beheld His natal star and with it came the scent of violets.
"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the very gates." -Jesus (Matthew 24:32-33)
Aslan is on the move.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is the first comment! i am happy to be the first.

Anonymous said...

how good it is to read your words. On screen and off, you are a delectible(?) writer.

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.