7.27.2010

Okay, so I came to a decision. There are things in my life that have brought me life and joy in the past; 
I have let them get subsumed by the rest of my world. And truth be told, I've found life and joy in other ways, but now that some things have subsided I have decided it is time to return here to rosa-sinensis, to write. 
My original plan was to leave rosa-sinensis to the garden prose genre, and to continue to write on rosa bird. What I didn't account for was that now I had two blogs to maintain, when I hardly had time for one.
So I am chucking rosa bird (chuck!) into the Slough of Old Blogs and am returning, flags waving, to rosa-sinensis. Good job keeping up.

"Life, with its rules, its obligations and its freedoms is like a sonnet: you're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself."-Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle In Time.

2 comments:

Camille said...

Wow, I am so out of touch! I had no idea about Rosa Bird. I have had fantasies about starting other blogs, like a tea blog or a soup blog. And you are right 2 blogs are twice the work.

rosa said...

I don't know what I was thinking.

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.