Birthdays and Collywobbles

So today is my birthday. I am staunchly thirty-something. (Let's just say that the seventies produced many amazing things: leisure suits, the Hustle, Shrinky-Dinks, and me.) We made our way through Zoccoli's sandwiches, Bargain Barn's finery (including the salmon/tangerine floor-length Chinese housecoat-I am so stylin'), and then we found the ocean, right where we left it, underneath the pier,
bumping against the sand outside the Dream Inn.....
We've had guests. My little sister Jessica just finished an Art History degree at Cal State Fullerton and was finally able to break out of Orange County (or the Orange Curtain, as some call it.) She's bound for Sydney, Australia, and we'll be seriously missing her. And counting our frequent flyer miles. So, here's to you, Jessica Jessica Dragonette, aka Mildred Pierce. Don't ask me why. It's our grandpa. He gave all of us really goofy nicknames....our brother Ben became Benjamin Bun from Wilmington. But Amy & Matt..? No idea.

(And thanks brrtha, for the pic!)


Esther Montgomery said...






From Esther (et al.)

jessica said...

happy birthday to you yesterday! hope you have an equally pleasant today.

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.