Summer,flowers and Ivana Kobilica

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Summer, 1889

Last days of August passing by I wish the summer would last longer.But at least at this picture the summer lasts forever! Ivana Kobilica, one of the biggest painters from Slovenia ,won big international recognition  with this work at the time.Have a look at all these flowers, smell the summer ,enjoy the colors of flower petals …..and visit Slovenian national Gallery in Ljubljana to admire it……..

 

Ivana Kobilca

Self-portrait in White, around 1910
Birth name Ivana Kobilca
Born December 20, 1861
LjubljanaCarniolaAustrian Empire
Died December 4, 1926 (aged 64)
Ljubljana, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Nationality Slovene
Field painting, drawing, photography
Training School of Arts and Crafts, Munich
study with the portrait painter Alois Erdtelt
Movement realism
Works Dutch Girl (1886)
Zitherist (around 1887)
Coffeemadam (1888)
Portrait of Sister Fani (1889)
Summer (1889-90)
Women Ironers (1891)
Children in Grass (1892)
Parisian Woman Selling Vegetables (1892)
Self-Portrait (1894-95)
Self-Portrait with a Palette (1914)
Elected Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts

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

 

Early harvest apple with many names

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Oh my ,I’ve just spent some time writing this post about apple from my garden as I’ve done something wrong with my comp and everything has vanished! But as this apple is in my garden for the last 30 years,I owe him at least a short post.So perhaps it would be a good idea to ask my readers how do they name this sort of apple-in my country it is called beličnik (the white one), in Germany they have many names for it:Klarapfel , Klara-Apfel , Kornapfel, Weizenapfel, Ährenapfel , Johannisapfel, Jakobiapfel, Augustapfel ,Sommerscheibe. But I’ve found just one english name-Yellow Transparent Apple.Are there any more names?I promise a reward in form of a good recipe for apple pie !

Triticum aestivum , straw hat and Sorolla

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Searching a photo for the end of summer holidays post this butterfly taking a rest on my straw hat was the one I liked at once.My first thought was to write how summer holidays always end  even before a butterfly opens its wings,and how the butterfly effect on the other side bears some possibility that also a too short vacation could change our perspectives in the future.Then I noticed the nice structure of my straw hat and wandered what it is made from, recognizing this post ca not be only about ending summer holidays, butterfly effect or my dear hat, but mostly about common wheat and Sorolla.  

from:http://www.domzale.si/index.php?S=1&Article=4442

Near the place I live is Domzale-today almost a suburb of Ljubljana,but not so far ago a center for production of straw hats.It all has begun in the first half of 18-th century, when country women have started with straw plaiting as it has been a good possibility to earn some extra money during winter months. During wheat harvest the proper wheat plants were chosen and picked manually, then sorted (the tiniest straw was more expensive) and prepared for plaiting.  In 1879 there were 12000 people (half of the population) involved in production of straw hats,in 1880 the production was estimated to be 1 million hats ,made in 6 hat factories in Domzale. These straw hats  were exported all around the world,it could be that even the ladies from the picture of the Spanish painter Sorolla do wear those hats,very modern at the time.This picture is one of my favorites,not only as I love straw hats and white dresses and the sea,but mainly for this feeling of summer Sorolla managed to catch so well…….

PASEO A ORILLAS DEL MAR, 1909

PASEO A ORILLAS DEL MAR,1909, from:http://museosorolla.mcu.es/colec_pintura.html

Sorolla was certainly a master of summer light,his paintings of his garden make you feel like it is possible to step further, right into the garden shade……………

JARDÍN DE LA CASA SOROLLA, 1920

JARDÍN DE LA CASA SOROLLA, 1920,from:http://museosorolla.mcu.es/colec_pintura.html

JARDÍN DE LA CASA SOROLLA, 1918-1919

JARDÍN DE LA CASA SOROLLA,1918-1919, from:http://museosorolla.mcu.es/colec_pintura.html

Being in garden once again,here comes the picture of common wheat used (also) for straw hat the butterfly on my pic was sitting on…………

Line Drawing of Triticum aestivum L.

from:USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States. USDA Miscellaneous Publication No. 200. Washington, DC.

Classification:
Triticum aestivum L.

Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.

Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae – Grass family
Genus Triticum L. – wheat
Species Triticum aestivum L. – common wheat

from:USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 4 August 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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

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