I'm actually incredibly disgusted by the taste of Scotland's national beverage, but we spoke with a friend of ours over there (see Tunnock's tea cake on the side bar)this morning, and so I've got Scotland on the brain....and here is the debut of YouTube on rosa-sinensis. (sigh.....it's all downhill from here....)


rosa said...

er-just realized that this makes it sound like I think all blogs with YouTube clips are somehow "downhill" of this one, like r-s is a cut above or something. Not true!
Several of the blogs I read have frequent You Tube clips, and they have made the experience all the richer. I'm thinking of Franny's, Jon's, & Joann's particular....so an apology to them.

franny said...

Wow ! I try to stay away from the YouTube clips, unless they're really important. So thanks !

And man, I LOOOVE the taste of Irn Bru. I always want one when I open my cell phone bill (I have AT&T, their logo and packaging is orange and blue like the Irn Bru can).

Also, it really is a great hangover cure. Tastier than oysters, at least.

Mum said...

I have to confess-I hung around and watched ALL of the Bru adverts-ingenious! I loved the Goth kids at the beach. Gosh only 2 weeks in Scotland and I feel kind of homesick. Guess its the roots thing. Thanks Rosa!

rosa said...

Yeah, the Goth kids advert was great. And funny, since there is such a huge Goth presence in Glasgow & Edinburgh. That was an actual Irn-Bru roller coaster from Blackpool, btw, I was reading about it on Wiki.

Franny-I tried hard to like Irn-Bru. But a drink that people variously describe as tasting like
bubblegum, cinnamon, and seaweed can only be horrible.
I'm also prejudiced against it b/c of the stories from inner-city Glasgow of mothers giving it to babies in bottles b/c it contained "iron"! (And subsequent stories of high percentages of rotting baby teeth...not that we don't have our own sugary teeth rotting swill here too...)

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.