It's weird to have several different strands of thought that I'd like to develop and then find myself unable to write about any of them. I don't know if its because my brain is full of other stuff or because I find my writing getting more and more self-conscious the more people I know are reading what I say. (How many people will read this word? Or this one?) As nice as it is to have readers, I find that I write much better when no one's watching. A few days ago I re-read a few posts from the early days of rosa-sinensis, and I liked them far more than anything I've written lately. Even this is feeling too introspective and self-conscious! Okay, so here are some of the strands of thought.
1.) Our oak tree. Its death seems iminent. It has Sudden Oak Death syndrome. A few days ago I noticed large brown clumps in the upper canopy. I hope it lasts into the rainy season, I want to see the viridescent moss glowing just one last time.
2.) Compost. A few people have been asking me composty questions so I thought I'd do one post and just direct them to it.
3.) Last Sunday's talk at church. It brought up so much in me that I didn't know was there. It's interesting what gets dredged up. I guess I have a story that I need to tell, if I can find the words. I predict a circuitous route. Which will be something entirely new for me!
4.) How I finally figured out what all the hoopla concerning Death Cab For Cutie is all about. They're great. I ended up with a copy of Narrow Stairs, and wow, it is good. It reminds me a little bit of The The with a little Sonic Youth sprinkled on top. I don't know why. I don't really have enough here to make a real post. So maybe it doesn't need to be included. Too late.
items of note:
- 327 market
- a paper elephant::heidi
- an organic experience::the other
- aunty suzanne brewer
- bbc 4:: gardener's question time
- bricks in the cave::children's adventure story
- dani the poet
- esther in the garden
- esther's boring garden blog
- etsy::all things handmade
- garden rant: garden blog for the courageous and dirty
- i like it::scotland as few have seen it
- let them parachute in
- lizzy cantu
- loose and leafy::lucy
- mayor of dannyland
- neal breakey
- nori::seaweed girl
- o.t. girl::my favourite anonymous o.t.
- pictures just pictures
- polar goldie cats: (secret: i am tam's little sister)
- sarah::appearing as herself
- sir gibby::b'liciousbennet
- the molly
- vintage faith church
- YWAM Seamill, Scotland: dearly missed
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
- 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.