File Under:New Things, Sub Category: Rosa Bird

I started this blog over three years ago, at a time when I felt like I was just beginning to lift my head above the waters of life at home with a small child. Many things have happened since then, including the birth of another 'Little' and I have somehow managed to hang on to rosa through it all. I've made some cherished friends along the way, something I didn't expect, and have solidified what I have long felt: I love writing. Under the banner of 'faith, poetry & horticultural derring-do' I have covered everything from compost to pruning primers, seasonal reports from the garden, travelogues, recipes, 'life with g & h' anecdotes, poetry archives, book reviews, theology and the odd strange dream. And then there was the post about the door to door meat salesman.....
I still inted to write about such varied topics, but I have decided to try an experiment. For the next year, I am going to leave Rosa-Sinensis to the garden prose genre. I need the discipline to write about one subject, purposefully. So I've started a new blog, one that will include all the fun bits that have been found on rosa. So, dum ta dum! Here it is: Rosa Bird.
Please stop over and say hello! We'll see how this goes.

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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.