Some Small Points

Epiphany & Pruning
In the midst of all the Epiphany hoopla (you know-watching the Macy's Epiphany Parade & the crowning of the Epiphany Queen, fighting the crowds at the mall while doing my last-minute Epiphany shopping, etc) I managed to find time to give my pruning tools a good drubbing. They needed it! I started the yearly Pruning of the Fruit Trees in my MIL's garden, which resulted in 3 1/2 out of 8 trees done and a very tired (but satisfied) me.
In Which Spring Is Thinking About Coming I've been noticing the subtle changes with some of the more herbaceous plants in the garden these days. Our climate here on the central coast is decidedly mild & known for its Mediterranean sensibilities, and we rarely see the underside of 32F. However, most would refer to the past week as bitterly cold, and a few things have been killed by frost, not the least of which is any inclination to be outside.
That said, my early spring bloomers have that little twinkle in their eye that says spring is approaching.
Harbingers du jour include: the upward tilt to the leaves of the ubiquitous forget me not, and the swelling flower buds on the quince that borders the driveway.
Plants for Which I Am Nursing A Passion
-Hamamelis mollis (Witch Hazel)-I want it, and I want it now!
-Just about every plant exhibited in the Annie's Annuals spring catalogue. I must go and visit this place soon!
Books That Have Made Me Happy Of Late

Armadale by Wilkie Collins-I just finished it and it was deeply satisfying in that Wilkie way. G got it for me for Christmas (really!) and for a 6 year old she really knows her Victorian serial novels.
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon-the latest Father Tim novel. Ta, mum! A good read.

Sorry for the listy type post, but that is the mood I am in. I just went with it!


Mum said...

I like listy!

Lucy said...

I'm wondering if you have ever read 'Moonfleet' (which is set along our coast here).


rosa said...

Lucy-no I haven't, but based on the synopsis (from Wiki), it is going to the top of my list.
Your area seems like it has played its part in the literary world-Thomas Hardy & that poem by Edna St Vincent Millay, and this as well!
We've got, let's see....John Steinbeck, and some of the Beat Poets (I think Santa Cruz is mentioned in 'On the Road')....
What are you reading these days?

Lucy said...

Reading 'The Life of Bees' by Sue Monk Kidd. (If you've not read it, I recommend it.)


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.