1) Finally, the verbascum blattaria looks as if it were beginning to consider thinking about settling down in the garden. This plant originally came from the Chadwick Garden @ UCSC. I haven't seen it for 5 years, and then last summer it was found happily colonizing the driveway. I moved some of it up to the main garden, where it has definitely been making itself known.
2) First strawberry from the garden has been eaten. "A rousing success!" says G, age 2.
3) Clematis jackmanii is finally blooming, this is it's happiest year yet. We've got it growing up a climbing rose, and it's large purple blooms are very sweet indeed.

The garden really is too lovely right now to even write about with such regimented prose. It deserves languid words such as dozing, drooping & well, languid. I find myself bustling out of doors, seed packet in hand or watering can at the ready, only to rediscover myself some 10 minutes later, on my knees amidst the echinops ritro & achillea filipendulina murmuring to myself about plant spacing, and root runs. I sit and dream amongst the foxgloves and giant alliums, joined by the dusty carpenter bees with their taut shiny abdomens, brushing over the fuschia-coloured rose campion, also known as Maltese Cross.

Everyone else seems to be expending comsiderable energy; even G is all industry out there, with her water table and mini-watering can, she is making birthday cakes out of twigs and bark for the plaster angel under the azalea. It's getting harder and harder to pay attention to what needs to be done, I just want to get lost in the smell of the sun-warmed mulch and the feel of late spring in the air.


Gibbytron said...

Ok, I am still confused by the tag thing? I lose. Sorry. Can we play a different game? Um, Ms. Pac Man! http://pac-man.classicgaming.gamespy.com/Pac-Games/MsPacMan/

Shannon Marie said...

Birthday ? Happy ? Yes ?

Rosa said...

all is forgiven! I think I might stink at Ms. Pac-Man. Ever play speed Scrabble? And patty-cake. I'm GREAT at patty-cake.

Shannon-you are so great! Thanks for the post. I'm all vaklempt. (*sniff*)

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.