The Hills are Alive.......

So my daughter has a new obsession, very specific and perseverative, which is not unusual for her age (4 at the end of the month.) Her obsession is not with Dora the Explorer or Elmo or even the Disney Princesses. Our little Miss G has got it bad for the Sound of Music. It's still in its nascent stages, only a week old or so, and she's been waking up with different lines from the movie on her lips, dancing around like the children in the 'So Long, Farewell' scene, and discussing the whys and wherefores of the German invasion of Austria. Tonight she was the helicopter that soared through the Alps, filming the Von Trapps as they escaped from Austria. "When Daddy gets home he can be the Captain, you can be Maria, and I'll be the children." I'm lobbying for a sing-along Sound of Music night at the Abbey, our church's coffeehouse. I've resumed work on the Abbey Garden, by the way, and I'll be publishing an update soon on its progress. The Abbey Garden is actually the courtyard seating area that will be more garden than courtyard, especially if the Abbey Gardeners get their way. Also soon to come is a rose pruning primer, since rose pruning season is fast upon us. One of my favorite times of year!


Camille said...

My Mexican grandma (1900-1962) was an avid gardener, and she taught my dad to trim the roses way back in the winter time. He always did it to our roses when I was growing up, and it was so shocking to see them reduced to a few prickly sticks poking up from the ground. But come spring, wow-wee.

heidi anne said...

sound of music! yes!! joey's family has a mild obsession, and it's one of my favorite married-into traditions. it's just a stepping stone to the swiss family robinson and my fair lady.

rosa said...

the general pruning rule is 'the harder you prune' the more dramatic the response. If your dad pruned them hard come winter, it makes sense that the plant would explode with growth in the spring. Of course if you do really extreme pruning (what my gardening guru would call 'pruning with a spade') you don't see the same kind of growth response....all things in moderation!

Jonathan Assink said...

I'd lobby for Dr Horrible, but I don't think the church would go for that... unless maybe after hours. :)

Actually though, I'm a closet musical fan. Wicked, Evita, Oklahoma, Grease, South Pacific, Meet Me in Saint Louis, etc.

smalls said...

OMG - I would SOOOOOO show up at every musical sing along or old-time-movie-night at Vintage... Maybe we should just do it at one of our houses?!?

Swiss Family Robinson is STILL a favorite of my brother and mine - we can recite the whole darn movie together... ;o) so annoying, I'm sure. And, OH! Meet Me in Saint Louis!!! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Heaven!

rosa said...

Guys and Dolls, Singing in the Rain, Thoroughly Modern Milly (B's fave), 42nd Street, West Side Story, these are a few of my favorite things......
I agree about Dr. Horrible, might not fly at the Abbey although it IS a great addition to the musical genre.

Anonymous said...

We're all for a sing-along!
The Elevens

Blessed said...

How funny--all 3 of our girls were over at the Cromptons the other night and I heard they took turns standing on chairs being the kids and dancing beneath being the puppets from the "girl and goatherd" song in Sound of Music. : )

For the second musical sing along, I'll bring Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as suggested by smalls!

mum said...

The great thing about a sing-along is that you can turn it into a "big event". Costumes are almost manditory and of course that means a costume contest. When I went to the "Sing Your Own S.O.M." the winner of the costume contest was the "Bowing Lady" from the musical festival scene. It was a riot! People immediately recognized her character and went nuts. I say bring it on!

Miz Melly said...

A sing along sounds fabulous! Why did we ever come back to Dublin? Life over there is SO much more fun! Missing you, Miz Melly

Anonymous said...

High on a hill stood a lonely goat herd, yodelayhee yodelayhee yodelay-hee hoo!

Fertilize your roses with a pile of goat terds, yodelayhee yodelayhee hoo!

I ain't no mathemetician but ain't it derring-do?

I also ain't saying my name cause I defiled your movie and roses with a poo joke and then questioned your spelling.

rosa said...

Hey Anony Anony!
I tried to think of a clever ryhming couplet for you, but I'm not feeling very clever today. Don't worry about poo on rosa-sinensis, fertilizer happens. And I guess I've never seen 'derring-do' written down, and was surprised to look it up and discover-you're probably right! What a blow to my hubris. (Thank you!) It's funny that this hasn't been noticed before-either by myself or someone else....I'll get around to changing it sometimes soon. Feel free to edit again!

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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.