Secret Garden

It's the secrecy of this particular garden that I admire. Actually, it's not secret in the least-as many as 4 windows look out on it, and the walls are only about 6 feet high around it. But this morning as I surveyed the work at hand, the paths couldn't be seen for the fireweed, spurge and wild cranesbill that sprawled out over the packed earth. The fruit trees hung heavy with apples, plums, pears and apricots that all wanted thinning. The blackberries had joined hands with the rock rose across the path and played a sort of 'London Bridges' with each other in the breeze. G & I cut a swath through the herbage and picked lavender blossoms, agapanthus flower heads (*sniff of disdain*) and immature apples to lay in the small bowl that the sculpture girl held in her lap. Later I made my first lavender wand since we lived in Scotland, and I made one from the lavender at Seamill. It was thoroughly restorative, and I looked up and caught a glimpse of the afternoon light on the Santa Lucia Mountains. It did seem secret today, I think because the little black rain cloud that has set over me this past week couldn't find me in my secret garden............

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honour; no good thing does he withhold from him whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11. Today, amongst malus, acorus, and lonicera, under a sky traversed by both tree and leaf, I experienced Yahweh my bright Sun, bringing light into my dark places. Here enclosed amongst the green growth of June I found Him to be my shining Shield giving me shelter from all that threathened to assail me.
And I sang as I dug in the hot earth:
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
The King of Creation.
O, my soul praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear-
Now to His temple draw near,
Join me in glad adoration!"

photo credit: o_o mars

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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.