The Great Northwest Secession

"Worra Worra Worra", said the leprechuan to Casper the Friendly Ghost, "I've lost me pot of gold."
My heart! I don't know how it can hold all this sweetness and sorrow at once. My head! Och aye! The people, the parties and manifold partings of friends! A week's worth of merry meetings with all these lovely friends and sisters; ending in frantic waving from the porch, the car window and the departure terminal. It's all I can do to keep from quoting some of Jeremiah's laments: "This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit." (Lamentations 1:16.) I am instead choosing to be buoyed up by this little snippet from Proverbs, "....there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." And it's not that bad really. I know it's ridiculously easy for me to paint melancholic pictures, and I obviously need a big dose of perspective here, but I will say that it's been a heartful, busy, driving sort of day, and 15 Forest Rd needs a revolving door permenantly installed.
Comic Relief
You never know what a day will bring. Monday brought Tim, our favorite Boiseian (what are citizens of Boise called? Boysies and Girlsies?) rolling into our driveway in his '82 camper, with four beat-up, one-speed Schwinns & a shopping cart strapped on the back. He was accompanied by Nate, Ben & Sam, members of The Great Northwest Secession, which is a great name. We met Tim back at the Seamill Centre, and had some great adventures together, like at the Ritz Cafe in Millport on the isle of Great Cumbrae. (It's an old post of mine about Cumbrae.....) We had a thoroughly satisfying night of chili, birthday cake and the Tim Tam Slam (do not try this without a skilled Australian.) We ended up sprawled around the living room: mandolin, djembe, ubiquitous ukulele, et al, trading songs and trying to sing Sufjan's 'Casimir Pulaski Day. A nice night. It sounds like they mean to be on the road until December, across the country and back, quite Kerouacian.....I set them on course yesterday morning towards Steinbecktown and Big Sur, and felt that I had done my duty as a Central Coastian. The travel blog so far has some good prose, here's the link. Tell them rosa sent you.....oh! And I got a CD from Tim's brother Nate-an official rosa salute!

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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.