Pelargonium and Matisse ,brother gardener and Van Gogh

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Botanical garden in Leiden was the first garden in Europe to grow geraniums.Later the name pelargonium was introduced,after Greek name for stork-this plant forms stork-like seed heads. Most of home grown pelargoniums today are cultivars ,in many colors, shapes and with interesting fragrances possible ,developed in more as 400 years since the plant arrived in Europe, spreading from botanical gardens to gardens and homes, I guess even to artists studios,capturing attention of the greatest masters.What a view into history of art do these painted geraniums bring together with the eternal smell of hot summers,blue shades,some fragrant broken geranium leaves and memory of a boy to become a gardener …………………….. 

Artist Henri Matisse
from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Still_Life_with_Geraniums

Rembrandt Peale, Rubens Peale with a Geranium, 1801, from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rembrandt_Peale

Geranium in a Flowerpot  - Vincent van Gogh

Artist: Vincent van Gogh

from:http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/vincent-van-gogh/geranium-in-a-flowerpot-1886

Geraniums
P. graveolens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiospermae
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Geraniales
Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Pelargonium
L’Hér.
Species
About 200:
Pelargonium asperum
Pelargonium capitatum (L.) L’Hér. ex Aiton
Pelargonium cotyledonis
Pelargonium cucullatum
Pelargonium drummondii
Pelargonium graveolens
Pelargonium grossularioides
Pelargonium insularis
Pelargonium littorale
Pelargonium peltatum
Pelargonium quercifolium(L. f.) L’Hér. ex Aiton
Pelargonium radens
Pelargonium rodneyanum
Pelargonium scabrum
Pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium triste
Pelargonium vitifolium
Pelargonium ×domesticum L.H. Bailey (pro sp.)
Pelargonium ×hortorum L.H. Bailey (pro sp.)
Pelargonium ×nervosum Sweet
et al.

from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelargonium

A Gentle Wave Goodbye

tamara:

A sad story……

Originally posted on Secret Gardener:

For the first time a BBC film crew has captured footage of a rare frog waving, wrestling and courting.

The Panamanian golden frog communicates with other frogs by semaphore in the form of gentle hand waves. It has evolved the mechanism to signal to rivals and mates above the noise of mountain streams.

Just after filming was completed in June 2006, the location was overtaken by the chytrid fungus.

The global trade in frogs, toads and other amphibians–begun in the 20th century– may have accidentally helped create and spread the deadly fungal disease, chytridiomycosis, which has devastated amphibian populations worldwide.
“It’s likely that the amphibian trade has allowed different populations of the fungus from around the world to come into contact with each other, allowing recombination to occur,” says Rhys Farrer from Imperial College London and ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, lead author of the study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Ribes rubrum on a first summer day

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In my grand grandmother’s old cookbook there were few color illustrations I as a child looked again and again, sitting in the kitchen, watching my mother baking some pie or “potica”.The illustration I liked the most was the one with ribes, strawberry and pumpkin,admiring all these summer fruits while snow was falling outside and we were in the middle of winter, was a small promise summer will come again , with summer holidays and red currant in our garden.And they really always came,perhaps because I was looking at these pictures again and again, wishing summer to come.

When ribes in the corner of our garden starts to ripen ,when first small glass-like ribes marbles turn red, then the summer is here and it is time to look at old cookbook again, not for redcurrant illustration any more, but for the best jelly recipe ever.Early summers so always smell like redcurrant jelly and redcurrant pie at our home,and so is it this year, too.When I was searching  for the jelly recipe in this old cookbook  today,I’ve been grateful for these old illustrations, for who knows whether summer would come without  them……..

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Redcurrant
Cultivated redcurrant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Grossulariaceae
Genus: Ribes
Species: R. rubrum
Binomial name
Ribes rubrum
L.

from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redcurrant

Glasshouse puts sculptures on display

An exhibition has opened in botanical gardens glasshouse located in Ljubljana city parc .It is a special occasion for seniors from the U3 Ljubljana have learned and sculptured together with secondary school kids on behalf of the European Day of Open Schools.The aim was to set an IGL activity in school environment to rise awareness about the need of IG understanding, cooperation and learning in the frame of EU 2012 year of IG solidarity. Europe is getting old and the fear is that young generations do not understand the older ones and vice versa.As only understanding between generations may lead to solidarity and cooperation between them such events are of great importance.The Sculpting in Clay workshop tried not only to bond generations living far apart too often ,but the aim was to open the doors of a botanical garden supposing the public place which BG is ,would be the perfect setting for learning of this type. We wanted to offer both generations a binding theme-biodiversity, which should be concern of them and us all.Art of sculpting in clay was added value of the workshop, since the sculptures as reminders of this synergy are put on display in another public space -Glasshouse in through city pa
rc-meaning that the impact of this project will tackle even the broader audience attending the exhibition.
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The Sunshine Award!

L&L Photography, a great blog ,has nominated My Botanical Garden The Sunshine Award! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

I nominate the following bloggers for the Sunshine Award:

1.   P. C. Zick

2.   amazingazaleas

3.   Gardendaze’s Blog

 4.  Northern Narratives

5.   Flotsam and Jetsam

6.  The Intractable Autodidact

7.  Unplugged @ Knight

8.  thegardenerstouch

9.  Curls & co

10.  Laura Rittenhouse’s Gardening Journal

And 10 things about me-this time the flowers I love:

1.rose

2.violet

3.tulip

4. hyacinth

5.sunflower

6.iris

7. crocus

8. petunia

9. camelia

10. narcisus

;) ;) ;)

Rosa pulchra est

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It’s been a hot Sunday, after so many rainy days the temperatures have reached 30 degrees C.As I couldn’t wait the rain to stop-for rain is so bad for the roses,so now I can’t help my roses stand up this heat.This fragility of roses may be making them even more beautiful, who knows.I’ve just taken some photos, remembering my Latin lesson: Rosa pulchra est………….

Very Inspiring Blogger Award!

backyardprovence, a great blog from Provence has nominated My Botanical Garden for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award-THANK YOU!!!!

In order to accept this award, I have to follow a few rules and here they are:

First, acknowledge and thank the giver by linking back to their blog and put the award on your page.

Next, list 7 things about yourself.

1.The book I am reading now is “Natasha’s dance”

2.The film I’ve seen yesterday-”Mysterious woman”,a japanese film from1935

3.The exibition I’ve seen recently-”Americans in Florence”

4.The music I’ve listen today is from Anže Rozman

5.The museum I’ve visited recently-Koper City Museum

6.The best coffee I’ve had in last 10 days was in Trieste

7.The best thing to happen in this week-on Friday I’m meeting an old school friend who now lives in the States

Last, pass the award to some bloggers who inspire you.

1.   Sustainable tourism world:Well, my dream is to create a big platform where is possible to share information and opportunity worldwide, concerning sustainability in general and the tourism sector

2. Help Me Rhonda :My goal with this blog is to offer what small gifts of insight, compassion, empathy, and good old-fashioned common sense I have to any and all who seek such things.

3 .   1001 Scribbles  : I’m a Student at University of Coimbra and in my spare time I enjoy taking some pictures

4.    Meanwhile, Melody Muses… :I’m a writer, Mom, educator, wife, avid reader, traveller, friend, watercolour artist, songwriter, lover of good food.  My first book is coming out this summer – more on that later! – and I have discovered that blogging is a delicious past time.

5.   The living lab :  The Living Lab is a leading project aiming to transform De Montfort University`s Queens Building into a `living example` of sustainability and energy efficiency. Its main characteristic is multidisciplinarity.

6.   BRIAN GAYNOR PHOTOGRAPHY   : Through these photos, I hope to share a slice of the beauty of life — of all life — be it rural, urban, natural, animal, or otherwise.

Podarcis muralis

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The common wall lizard is the one telling us the spring has home to our garden.At the end of march the first ones start with their sun baths,still somewhat slow they move after the sun .As it gets warmer they become faster,running across stone walls.Far ago we learned not to leave any empty pots at the window shelves for poor ones wouldn’t be able to climb out of that trap once fallen into.When summer arrives the young ones appear, still tiny but fast runners across heated stones in constant chase for flies.The one above was waiting for who knows what long enough I could take a photo, look at his dotted legs!And don’t mind the tail is missing on the photo,even in nature you would find the same one without tail after he escaped the neighbor’s cat………

Bouquet with pink peony,remembering the summer to come

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Peony is a flower I connect with early summer since I remember.The first cherries,smell of   old peonies in the corner of the garden and evenings lightened by fireflies ,they all make me thrilled in waiting of a real summer,the one with hot weather and garden full of flowers  when I hide in the shade during noon ,sip lemonade and believe it will last forever……..

Long enough I’ve learned nothing lasts forever,but deep in me I believe there is at least a breeze of that vanishing eternity I can steal for a moment to be with me.And this is why I’ve made this bouquet with pink peony,to remember the summer going to come……….

Henry Fatin Latour: Vase de pivoines (1881) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henri_Fantin-Latour_-_Vase_de_Pivoines_(Vase_of_Peonies),_1881.jpg

Boletus edulis for my friends

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I have to admit it, when the first rains after late spring heat come I become a bit nervous.There is a typical smell in the forest behind my home and it means mushrooms !I have to check my places in the woods as soon as possible.Which per se still isn’t enough ,for one needs also a bit of luck to find a mushroom.And you have to look around really carefully.But it pays off,it is true happiness when you carry home a mushroom or two.Those, the first ones in the season , are worth twice more. Especially as this time I was lucky enough to find penny buns-four of them!How have they ended? In simple carpaccio-on a plate you have to arrange tiny slices of raw penny buns, sprinkle them with the best olive oil you can get and top with some pepper and fleur de sel-voila! You only need some bread (ciappata ) and a bottle of good vine and that’s all your friends would ask for!

Prized as an ingredient in various foods, B. edulis is an edible mushroom held in high regard in many cuisines, and is commonly prepared and eaten in soupspasta, orrisotto. The mushroom is low in fat and digestible carbohydrates, and high in protein,vitaminsminerals and dietary fibre. Although it is sold commercially, it has not been successfully grown in cultivation.from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boletus_edulis

Boletus edulis
Two mushrooms with brown caps and light brown stems growing on the ground, surrounded by fallen leaves and other forest debris. One mushroom has been plucked and lies beside the other; its under-surface is visible, and is a light yellow color.
In a forest near RambouilletFrance
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Agaricomycetes
Order: Boletales
Family: Boletaceae
Genus: Boletus
Species: B. edulis
Binomial name
Boletus edulis
Bull. (1782)
Synonyms[1]
Ceriomyces crassus Battarra (1775)
Boletus solidus Sowerby (1809)
Leccinum edule (Bull.) Gray (1821)
Dictyopus edulis (Bull.) Forq. (1890)
Boletus edulis
View the Mycomorphbox template that generates the following list

Mycological characteristics

pores on hymenium
cap is convex
hymenium is adnate
stipe is bare
spore print is brown
ecology is mycorrhizal
edibility: choicefrom:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boletus_edulis