3.23.2008

Sunrise 7:08AM

The fog sat blue-tinged and heavy on the meadow which was crossed in circuitous fashion by the wide gray road. Driving in, we craned our heads around to see the moon, pale and full against the dark blue sky. Noga is the Hebrew word for the concept of light that emanates from it's source. Like the pre-dawn sky is lit before the sun rises, or the penumbra's halo-like circles around the sun; sunrise at Henry Cowell meadow followed by cherry scones and coffee at our house was a grand way to begin our Easter day.
Last night I found an Army & Navy hymnal on a shelf, and started flipping through it. I don't remember where I got it, though on the inside cover are the following stamps:

BAYVIEW CHAPEL
FREEMAN & COX-ROACH & LEONARD
2414 GROVE STREET
BERKELEY 4, CALIFORNIA

another says:

LIBRARY
U.S. COAST GUARD
MANHATTAN BEACH
TRAINING STATION

(I've never been to either of these places, but who knows how I came about it. My hymnal hoarding has become a bit unwieldy, even after off-loading a box onto Camille's Dutch at a White Elephant party last Christmas.)

Anyway, I found this great hymn by John of Damascus
c. 700. (Especially vs. 2-3)

'Tis the spring of souls today;
Christ hath burst his prison,
And from three days asleep in death
As a sun hath risen.
All the winter, long and dark, is flying
From His light, to whom we give
Laud and praise undying.

Now the queen of seasons,
Bright with the day of splendor,
With the royal feast of feasts,
Comes it's joy to render;
Comes to glad Jerusalem,
Who with true affection
Welcomes in unwearied strains
Jesus' resurrection.

Reminds me of MacDonald's Lilith.......

Garden Work
I've got the week off work so I'm thinking about lots of projects, and one of them will be the coldframe in the garden. It's the dead wrong time to be overhauling it. The coldframe should be in full swing right now, with lots of little seedlings in it that are just about ready for transplanting. Instead it sits forlornly, with one pane missing, empty and petulant, ready for someone to come and put it out of it's misery. I'm replacing all the panels with Visqueen (sp?) and painting it an interesting dark hydrangea blue. It should help to tart up the garden a little bit. But, oh frabjous day, the hostas I planted with G are starting to cooperate and actually pop up above the black earth, and we've been staring fixedly at all the new red and gold shoots of the peony for which we've been most eagerly searching the soil.

Plant wants:

deciduous azalea
strawberries
astilbe
hops

Quotes:

Scene: G is dancing around the living room singing the old Sunday School refrain,

'God is so good
God is so good
God is so good
He's so good to me.'

and then,

'I am so good
I am so good
I am so good
I'm so good to God.'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

G is good to everyone. Love the poem. So glad that you have added the Thomas Merton to your blog.
eleven

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.