Little flower-shop sidewalk garden and Jane Jacobs









Today my post is dedicated to Jane Jacobs I admire that much.

Some quotes from Jane Jacobs:

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance ? not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.

I was so grateful to be independent of the academic establishment. I thought, how awful it would be to have my future hinge on such people and such decisions.

Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs, then chairperson of a civic group inGreenwich Village, at a press conference in 1961.
Born Jane Butzner
May 4, 1916
Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 25, 2006 (aged 89)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Writer, Urban theorist
Genres Non-fiction
Notable work(s) The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Notable award(s) OCO.OntVincent Scully Prize,National Building Museum
Spouse(s) Robert Jacobs



Summer,flowers and Ivana Kobilica

File:Ivana Kobilca - Poletje.jpg

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



Metal flowers, lemon pie and strawberry crostata

It’s been a hot afternoon today and I’ve spent it putting my digital photographs in order.Among them I’ve found this pasticceria from Florence and so I just have to post it right away-look at the beautifully crafted metal doors with flowers! Imagine entering this doors to have a lemon pie, lemon ice or a small strawberry crostata from the window! For, after all, lemons and strawberries are botany, too, anyway….Image

Gentiana asclepiadea, blue end of summer

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Every year ,when the summer gets hot each day making me believe it would newer end , comes the moment bringing a small piece of forthcoming autumn with it. Seeking shadow forest paths I’ve found  blue willow gentian started to flower this week, with flowers blue as the bluest skies I’ve ewer seen. There is something sad in these blue bells I can not explain,is it their announcement the summer is dying  or is it their blue blue color painting eternal skies in front of me but leaving me to wonder what comes after this summer……….  

One of the larger species within the genus, it produces pairs of leaves, sometimes whorled in three’s or fours around particularly vigorous shoots on stems that generally arch elegantly outward from the base of the plant between 60-90cm (2-3ft) in length. Flowers occur in late summer into autumn.

Gentiana asclepiadea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Gentianaceae
Genus: Gentiana
Species: G. asclepiadea
Binomial name
Gentiana asclepiadea

Saved office Phalaenopsises in full bloom

My husband works in a big new building with many modern offices equipped with some minimalism furniture and plants.I don’t know when these plants have become orchids and mostly orchids,namely phalaenopsises. It could be they have become trendy plants for their beauty,low maintenance,long flowering,colors available.Jet their decorative value can not reverse that they are live plants,they do get worse if not properly watered,if let on hot sun ,neglected.Dead or almost dead  plants then finish in trash bin.My husband ,knowing my love for rescuing creepy flowers from nurseries ,took his office’s fallen Phalaenopsis star  home,as I could give it a second chance.Looks like his coworkers are some hidden plant lovers, too,so knowing he took his Phalaenopsis corps home for me to rescue it, they have given their creepy ones  for me, too.Anyway,it is a good feeling to know these plants have been rescued,they are just in the middle of abundant flowering right now………..

The generic name means “Phalaen[a]-like” and is probably a reference to the genusPhalaena, the name given by Carolus Linnaeus to a group of large moths; the flowers of some species supposedly resemble moths in flight.[2] For this reason, the species are sometimes called Moth orchids.They are native throughout southeast Asia from the Himalayan mountains to the islands of PolilloPalawan and Zamboanga del Norte in the island of Mindanao in thePhilippines and northern AustraliaOrchid Island of Taiwan is named after this genus. Little recent information about their habitat and their ecology in nature is available since little field research has been done in the last decades.

Closeup of a Phalaenopsis flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Vandeae
Subtribe: Aeridinae
Alliance: Phalaenopsis
Genus: Phalaenopsis
Blume 1825
Type species
Phalaenopsis amabilis
Blume (1825)
see text.
  • Doritis Lindl.
  • Grafia A. D. Hawkes
  • Kingidium P. F. Hunt
  • Kingiella Rolfe
  • Polychilos Breda
  • Polystylus Hasselt ex Hassk.
  • Staurites Rchb. f.
  • Stauroglottis Schauer
  • Synadena Raf.   from:




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Antheraea yamamai -from silk to Mach number

It is a hot August whether these days here around, the temperatures above 30 degrees C for almost two weeks.Only nights are a bit cooler,we stay awake quiet late. Yesterday evening was the same,we were watching TV as a strange visitor came in-a yellow, huge moth was flying across the room almost like a bird,then he sat down on a plant and remained there long enough for us to make some pics.We’ve seen such a big moth here for the first time-and have been very impressed by his story.

Yamamai or Japanese Oak Silkmoth has been cultivated in Japan for more than 1000 years,its silk is white,elastic,durable and very expensive.Adult moth has a wingspan of 10-15cm.Its larvae feed on quercus while the adult moth doesn’t eat at all,he has enough energy to fly for a couple of days and to reproduce,then he dies.In the middle of 19-th century family Mach has settled in Veliki Slatnik (Slovenia).In 1866 Johann Mach imported yamamai eggs to start with the production of Shantung silk .The business didn’t succeed ,but the yamamai butterflies succeeded to survive in new habitat ,even more, from Veliki Slatnik they spread to whole Balkan, Italy,Austria,they have been spotted in Germany. Johann Mach and his wife are buried for a long time.Their grave at the cemetery of Veliki Slatnik is almost forgotten. Yet whenever yellow yamamai   appears here around, he brings with him a story of family  coming from far to live in these rural area,with a strange idea of producing silk and leaving this beautiful moth to fly further to Europe.And there is still another story yamamai brings with him, a story of Mach son ,loving the land around fathers farm that much that he was returning back home for his holidays.Professor of physic at the universities of Graz,Prague,Vienna wrote some of hist best works at the farm where his father explored the conditions to suit  yamamai silk production best.And who this son was? Ernst Mach, great physic and philosopher of time,Mach number is just one of his many contributions.So  from now on when I will see a yamamai I will remember Veliki Slatnik, silk and Mach number……..

Ernst Mach (German pronunciation: [ˈɛɐnst ˈmax]) (February 18, 1838 – February 19, 1916) was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism and through his criticism of Newton, a forerunner of Einstein‘s relativity.from:

In fluid mechanicsMach number (\mathrm{Ma} or M) (generally play /ˈmɑːk/, sometimes /ˈmɑːx/ or /ˈmæk/) is a dimensionless quantity representing the speed of an object moving through air or other fluid divided by the local speed of sound.[1][2] It is commonly used to represent the speed of an object when it is traveling close to or above the speed of sound.from:

Antheraea yamamai
Living adult
Antheraea yamamai superba
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Tribe: Saturniini
Genus: Antheraea
Species: A. yamamai
Binomial name
Antheraea yamamai
Guérin-Méneville, 1861[verification needed]