8.14.2007

Room! Give me room!


'O all wide places, far from feverous towns!
Great shining seas! Pine-forests! Mountains wild! Rock-bosomed shores! Rough heaths, and sheep-cropt downs!Vast pallid clouds! Blue spaces undefiled! Room! Give me room! Give loneliness and air! Free things and plenteous in your regions fair.

O God of mountains, stars and boundless spaces!O God of freedom and of joyous hearts!
When Thy face looketh forth from all men's faces;
There will be room enough in crowded marts;
Brood Thou around me, in the noises o'er; Thy universe my closet with shut door.'
-George MacDonald
(Photo taken in Northern Scotland's Grampian mountains, not far from George's hometown of Huntley, Aberdeenshire. A lovely and wild land indeed. Och aye!)
By the by, I discovered this bit of verse in one of my favourite little books, The Country Diary of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden. This is a fascimile reproduction of a naturalist's diary for the year 1906. Edith Holden recorded in words and incredibly detailed paintings the flora and fauna of the British countryside through the changing seasons of the year. Both her botanical and ornithological drawings remain unparalleled. A good cozy read.....)

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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.