There And Back Again
Well, we've been down in L.A......sweltering, traffic-ridden L.A......but somehow, I really liked it. My youngest sis graduated from USC with a lovely little BA in Classics, and my older brother is keeping 3 feral kittens in his 1920's bungalow kitchen in Silverlake. B and I ended up in San Diego, trawling through the Old Town's kitsch and then took G to Legoland. Much fun. And so good to see family.
Anyway, that's why the silence here at rosa-sinensis. We've been away. And now we are back. Driving home last night, we saw the marine layer coming in over the Gabilan Mountains as we made our way down Hwy 152; we both gave little hoots of joy. The fog threaded itself through the oaks and golden hills in that particularly Northern California way that makes my heart beat a little faster. During our whole drive down I had California Stars by Wilco in my head. "I'd like to rest my heavy head tonight on a bed of California stars......"


Esther Montgomery said...

Glad you had a good time.

Glad you are back too.

It hasn't been that long - but I enjoy your posts so much, it seems so.

I notice there's something missing from my ordinary routine when there are no Rosa Sinensis postings.


rosa said...

Awww, thanks, Esther! SO glad to be a part of your ordinary routine!
How are things in your part of England?

Mum said...

I too missed your musings and Horticultural Daring-Do. (as well as just plain missing you) I always love to read your perspective and views on your life and just life in general. You are a wonder.

Thanks for including me yesterday and, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!
XO Mum

Anonymous said...

your post reminded me of this quote by good ole kerouac...

...but it was that beautiful cut of clouds I could always see above the little S.P. alley, puffs floating by from Oakland or the Gate of Marin to the north or San Jose south, the clarity of Cal to break your heart. It was the fantastic drowse and drum hum of lum mum afternoon nathin' to do, ole Frisco with End of land sadness--the people the alley full of trucks and cars of businesses nearabouts and nobody knew or far from cared who I was all my life.


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.