The Crud

Today we are feeling a mite sick, of the sore-throat, snarfling, crud-hacking, lethargic variety. Outside, the temperature is dropping and seeds still need sowing, and the apple tree wants transplanting. Cleaning & child-rearing, my constant companions, also beckon. About all I want to do is drink tea, read, (currently Jan Karon's Mitford novels, one of my ultimate comfort reads), and Christmas shop on Etsy. But the soot sprites and dust bunnies are having sock-hops on every surface in our house, and I can't find my laundry basket to fold all my clean clothes-I think it's under the pile of coats that need to be hung up in the moth aviary we're calling our closet. Clearly, I need to suck it up, or G will be raised by the cast of Sesame Street, and I will end up like some sort of Dickensian Miss Havesham, with cobwebs stretching from bookcase to bookcase, bent over a dim laptop, feeble fingers pecking at the dust-strewn keyboard. Up! Up!
Here I go.

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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.