June Lake Annals

G up at 7:30 this morning, "My tummy's hungry!" Snuck out into the kitchen, cut up a banana nut muffin, brought it back to bed. G sat on bed & ate while I moaned quietly into pillow. Turned light out & she cuddled up, trying to be quiet, but singing to herself. Thought it was nonsense, realized despite non-morning person/feeble-minded self that it was the last refrain of 'Teddy Bear's Picnic." D & S up next, 10 minutes later-took G to local coffee shop (like she needs the caffeine) & I am alone. B & K still somehow asleep on sofa-bed across the room. All this before 8:30. How does B do it? Morning people are amazing. Of course, I'm now contemplating going for a run, so maybe I'm turning into one too.
Must remind B to water honeysuckle, rhodies on hillside, smoke bush.


Mum said...

Think there's any chance of teaching G. to phone and quietly order room service before our trip? That would saving us getting up to dispense muffins. Just a thought..........Miss you girls!

Camille said...

missing you, too!

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.