Apothecary Garden

I am rolling up my sleeves in anticipation of some work on a new garden, still in the design stages. The coffeehouse at church is shedding it's disco-tinged name ('The Brickhouse') and becoming 'The Abbey'. It's finally opening to the public this summer, so we're working on getting the courtyard seating open as well.
It's going to be heavily plant-inspired (yay!) and in keeping with the monastic theme, we're thinking of modeling it loosely (key word!) on an apothecary garden. I can't wait......


Mum said...

Why does Brother Cadfael come to mind? Can't wait to see what you do with the space! I greet you from B.C.
Miss you all-
Love Mum

Franny said...

GOOD ! I always hated that name. Brickhouse... sounds trashy.

rosa said...

Yeah, I agree. I hope you like the garden. I can't get some of the old herb names out of my head now, although I'm not too sure what they are. Betony, Rue, Tansy. Good names.

rosa said...

Mum, I'm going to rent some Bro. Cadfael from the library to get inspired. Give love to Prima, et al from us, we miss them....and could you bring back some bickies for us?

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.