My New Neighbors

G and I set up the worm bin last week and I can almost hear them in there some nights, burrowing and tunneling and working their way through the old celery tops and carrot peelings that I gave them as a housewarming present. This is my first attempt at vermicomposting, it's taken a good little while to even find a pound of red worms to colonize my 'Can O' Worms (TM) from the county. Which is too small, I'm afraid. Especially because our CSA with Two Small Farms starts up at the end of the month, and we're going to have a whole lot more veggie scraps.
So far, the bedding material is peat and shredded paper, with a shovelful of soil thrown in, just to make it nice and cosy. I'm just off to feed them now, and to keep up on all the neighborhood gossip.
I joined up with something called
Blotanical, which I'm still figuring out. I thought it was just a garden blog reader, but it seems to have a whole other component (accruing points for different things) that I don't think I have time for. So, there's been quite a few garden bloggers visiting Rosa-Sinensis lately, and I just want to say welcome.I don't always talk about gardening here, but it is always something I come back to.


Esther Montgomery said...

I noticed you'd joined 'Blotanical' and decided to do the same (trusting that if your'd joined, it must be ok!) - but it wouldn't accept my address. (Presumeably 'England' isn't a state? I don't know. Couldn't work it out!)

After a couple of goes, I gave up.

Retrospectively, I'm quite glad.

I put my details on a couple of general directories when I wrote


- and the email address attached to that is the only one I get spam on. (Euch!)


rosa said...

that's strange. there's all sorts of UK blogs listed on blotanical, so you'd think there was a way to do it! Esp. because the guy who started it is Australian....

I thought of inviting you to join, and I think all the garden bloggers out there would really get a kick out of esther's adventures. And you might get some garden advice! (Maybe more than you want!)

Esther Montgomery said...

Well, perhaps I should have another bash!

I took a look on Blotanical's map and it was clear there were people from all over the place - so it's definitely me being thick!

Humm! ! !

About John Steinbeck (sort of) . . . Our local literary celebrity is Thomas Hardy but not much is made of him.

He was an architect before he was an author. One of the buildings he designed is now a trendy bar . . . and the small house he lived in when he was first starting out is just an ordinary, place in a very dull row . . . hardly anyone even knows it's there.

The reason may be that, once he'd made his money as a writer, he rather scorned the company of his less sophisticated, less affluent 'country' relations . . . and the 'atmosphere' lives on . . .

A friend has a handwritten letter written by Thomas Hardy to our friend's grandfather - or great grandfather, can't remember which. Anyway - he brought it over to show us. We sat at our kitchen table gazing at this small piece of paper in a sort of awe! Funny how these small connections with the past mean so much!


rosa said...

that's so funny-Thomas Hardy is such a seminal writer of the English countryside genre, and he doesn't sound very loudly heralded (at least locally). If his house was in the US it would have a gift store, interpretative center and (perhaps) children's playland adjacent. It reminds me of the time B and Mum and I were over staying at a hostel in Jordans (is that in Bucks?) and we passed by a big red barn. We wandered over and there on the side-a small plaque that explained it's significance. It had been built with wood left over from the Mayflower! That's all, no theme park, no audio-animatronic Quakers. It was very strange to us....
And whenever I think of Thomas Hardy, I think of this trick from one of his books (don't remember which one); for some relief on a hot day, take a cabbage leaf and wear it under your hat. (It works!)

Ferne said...

I found you from Blotanical also. I am enjoying Blotanical because I like to read garden blogs and have actually made a few internet friends there. I am not into getting the points, but the resources are endless with some fun thrown in kind of like you and Esther's blogs!

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.