File Under Fingers In Pies:
Somehow I ended up collaborating with B and our friend Cheryl on the play that our church put on around Christmas time: 'NorthskyFlight 465'. We're entering it in a radio playwriting contest at the end of the month put on by a small mom and pop syndicate known as the BBC World Service. Perhaps you've heard of it? What we are thinking, I don't know. But it's been heaps of fun adapting it for radio, and collaborating with other people. I like to write prose mainly, so it's been interesting to work on a piece of writing that is dialogue-driven; where you must reveal who the character is by what they say. We've had to strip it down to what feels like very bare bones indeed, and are constantly going over lines to see what is clunky or over-explained. This is a new experience for me, as I usually err on the side of too many words, like my good friend Elvis Costello. (Really, we go way back.)
File Under: Pin Money
So a friend of ours offered me a little research job that I just couldn't turn down. She, a graphic artist, has a client who has written a children's book about a mouse living in a Depression Era house, who finds some seeds in the attic and plants them in order to help out the family he lives with. She wants me to research Depression Era recipes, sustenance farming and common seed varieties of the time period in order to add some historical accuracy and interest to the book. It sounds totally interesting, and like something I'd research just for fun anyway. Any ideas on where to start? The region is rural California.
File Under: Assorted Geekery
I'm not sure which type of geekery to file this under, but when I found this on You Tube, the top of my head tingled and I got unreasonably excited.
So my favorite garden tools are the fork and spade that I bought as an Apprentice at UCSC's Farm & Garden program. And it turns out that they are made by Bulldog Tools at Clarington Forge factory in Wigan, England. Founded in 1780, the factory is built on a site previously used by Cistercian monks.....who also made garden equipment! How's that for cool? So here is the clip, proving that you never know what will pop up on rosa-sinensis.........

(.......and for finding this, my thanks go out to B, my go-to-YouTube-guy.)


Anonymous said...

You are fun and silly.

(Apparently I am now employing a comment style based on Fortune Cookie sayings... hmmm)

Anonymous said...

previous comment by eleven of course

rosa said...

who else?

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.