2.04.2009

In Which I Talk About the Weather


Living in here on the central coast of California means that our winters, though usually very wet indeed, are fairly mild. Rarely does it snow;and most winters all we can boast of is a week or two that leave car windshields covered with a light sheen of frost. This year our sylvan burgh woke up to a covering of hail, that took the better part of the day to melt. That's our winter. I've spent most of the last few weeks in T-shirts and light sweaters, and am tempted to start putting seeds in the ground. In January there were two weekends in a row that we went down to the beach, tidepooling and canoodling around in the sunny sand and driftwood. Nice. I think I've ordered iced coffee drinks twice in the last week. Not only the quince, but the ornamental plums, almonds and a magnolia or two have been brazening forth with pinks and magentas as if April were just days away.
But in the midst of this, I'm thinking about the wildfires throughout last summer, when the air crackled with heat and dryness and the police stood guard over the beach on the Fourth of July to keep revelers from setting-off firecrackers. I'm hoping for rain this weekend, for the plants' sakes and mine: I finally found my own copy of Tolkien's Roverandom and I really want to read it curled up, tea at hand, listening to the rain. Is that too much to ask?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rainy enough for you yet?
Eleven

rosa said...

You're my favorite anonymous commenter, Eleven! And no, it won't be rainy enough until I see you and Mr. Eleven in your waders rescuing horses from a flooding stable and then hitching a ride home with the volunteer fire trucks....

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.