1.31.2008

Now We Are Three


Happy Birthday, little G!
She turned a big THREE years old yesterday, amidst much hurrahs and general celebration (aka cupcakes and birthday crowns.) This Saturday will be the finale in the week-long birthday festivities-a fancy dress do...........based on an old-timey popular children's song which is full of that delightful creepiness that songs of that time period evoked. Should be fun!

1 comment:

Mum said...

Rosa-Don't know if I have ever shared how significant this song is for me. When I was very wee,( early 1950s-pre-TV) on Saturday mornings, I would huddle in my nightgown, robe and a blanket in front of our big ol' radio and listen to a program call 'Big John and Sparkie-No School Today' The theme song was 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'. I can remember how excited I became whenever I heard that song. It was a great show (do a google search on it when you get a chance )and I may have to purchase some of the episodes for G to experience.

Hope you have a blast tomorrow with the little girls!

XO-Mum

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.