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Clematis montana memories

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It has all started with big concrete wall I wanted to hide with some plants able to grow from the top of the wall downwards.Clematis was the choice as its ” feet” have to be in shadow while his “head” needs a lot of sun.The choice was Clematis montana which doesn’t need any pruning and looks more natural as other Clematis .I remember its first blossoms,we were so happy I took a picture of my son and his friend in front of it,which actually was not difficult as there was only a single branch in blossom.I even remember thinking how would it be nice to have bigger Clematis, to make a better picture, it was almost a small regret of me.Clematis needed several years to cower the wall ,but the spring show of pale pink little blossoms with almost vanilla scent makes me happy each year again. And each year again I remember how fast the kids grew up ,and how the time with only a single branch of Clematis in blossom was a happy time.

Clematis - Claude Monet

Claude Monet, CLEMATIS, 1897

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Versatile blogger award

 nominated My Botanical Garden for The Verstile Blogger Award.Thank you indeed!

According to the rules here are 15 blogs I recommend:

1)allthingsboys

2)mtlawleyshire

3)jennysserendipity

4)Attempting zero waste lifestyle in a military household

5)Romancing the Bee

6)Donnameindinger

7)Stories About My Life and Day to Day things by a Pond Enthusiast

8)Help me Rhonda

9)Dear Kitty. Some blog

10)Painting Skiathos Greece

11)VictoriaElizabethBarnes

12)scootinsandi

13)mountainmae

14)magsworld

15)denobears

And now 7 things about me, this time  7 places I like:

1)Ljubljana

2)Trieste

3)Venice

4)Budapest

5)Lisboa

6)Los Angeles

7)Oslo

Thank you again, !

 

 

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Liebster Blog Award

Thank you dear Julie from Butterfly Julz~ Daydreams, Moonbeams & Butterfly Wings..-not only for awarding me, but also for choosing My Botanical Garden as a butterflies friendly place-which it is and which it will stay …….. I promise!

The Liebster Blog Award is named for a German word meaning dearest. The nominated blogger is to nominate five other excellent bloggers. So here are five more of my favorite blogs that I nominate  for the Liebster Blog Award.

1)WoolyWarm’s Farm

2)Vicki Winslow’s Blog

3)URI Botanical Gardens Blog

4)thedogwalkinggardener’s Blog

5)STIGMASTYLEPISTIL

They are all simply the best 😉

 

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versatile blogger award

OhioYarnFarmer has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award-THANK YOU!

Following VBA rules here is a bunch of blogs I enjoy and therefore follow and now nominate for the VBA-THEY ALL ARE GREAT BLOGS!!!!!!!!

1)  Okanagan Okanogan

2)  Nature Inquiries

3)  The Life of Your Time

4)  Greener

5)  TED Blog

6)  Dropping the Science

7)  SECRET GARDENER

8)  Plant Hertage

9)  gardeningnirvana

10) Home, Garden, Life

11) The Beagle Project 

12) kiwsparks

13) Make-A-Difference Month

14) Adventures and Musings of a Hedgewitch

15) Mindful Drawing

And, following the rules again, 7 things about me (today):

1)  I walked our dog early in the morning

2)  I had my morning coffee with my BF

3)  my husband called me from his business trip abroad

4)  I’ve been working on a conference for garden volunteers whole morning

5) some journalists called me for the IGL workshop

6)  I was happy with the VBA nomination

7) l was happy for the sky was blue today and just everything went fine

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Viva Italia and cherry -tree hotel

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Viva Italia-my husbands gift for my birthday is trip to Florence .This night we stayed at Hotel l Ciliegi – Cherry tree hotel some miles before Florez .
Here are some pics of the tree before the hotel -it obviously is cherry tree .
Have to go now ,more posts are coming!

 

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BOTANICAL GARDENS and IG LEARNING

 

Historically looking the first precursors of the botanical gardens, as we know them today, were medicinal gardens in Europe, their solemn raison d’etre was studying medicinal plants .Most Italian universities in 16.th century owned such gardens. With big discoveries new era for botanical gardens came, they started to collect and cultivate new species from new territories. (1)

Ljubljana botanical garden was established during the time of Illyrian provinces, general Marmont’s decree of July, 04, 1810 in article 9 refers that a central school with library, physics and a chemistry cabinets and a botanical garden shall be founded. As at this time Slovenian language entered public institutions for the first time the meaning of botanical garden was not only collecting and studying flora from the place and abroad but also symbolical, building national identity through the use of Slovene language. And we may say IGL took place there already at that time. Professor of botany Hladnik who run the botanical garden at its beginnings took on as a gardening apprentice a fourteen year old boy, Fleischmann, who wandered with him, bringing plants from different parts of country. Much later the management of the garden was entrusted to Fleischmann, who also took over the botanical lectures.

It is a paradox, that after their onset, when botanical gardens played a strong intellectual role in their environment, fostering academically study, they felt to a merely unimportant subject in their environment of recent history. Their role as collectors of different species is too often under stated, their educational role being too often only in simplistic education message for kindergarten and school groups. Even their role as a place for amusement and recreation fade away, as there are so many more attractive spaces for consumer society of nowadays.

And this paradox seems even bigger on close examination of numerous potentials botanical gardens do have for learning society of 21st century.

Intergenerational learning may be able to solve this paradox.

In next lines the main domains of influence of IGL in botanical gardens are described:

1. Influence on human (individual) development-IGL in botanical gardens:

-fosters individual knowledge of botany, environment, ecology, biodiversity, extinct species, climatic change, pollution, ecosystems, alien species

-teaches learning skills, promote learning and teaching

-provides better skills for giving and recieving social support

-increases self esteem

-helps build pro-social life values

-raises community sense

-helps build nature oriented healthy lifestyle

-raises responsibility towards environment

2. Influence on community life-IGL in botanical gardens:

 –contributes to community cohesion

-establishes environment-friendly culture

-promotes sustainable values, makes community life better (teaching about pollution, water

Recycling, eco-friendly gardening etc.)

-helps fighting poverty (gardening lessons, growing vegetables, fruit)

-increases local (government) responsiveness to the needs of local interests

-increases youth and older adult inclusion

-promotes inclusion of migrants (teaching / learning different growing techniques)

-help stakeholder groups to see biodiversity, pollution, ecology, sustainability as valuable frames for their local action

-increases community spirit (our botanical garden-our neighbourhood-our city-our planet)

3. Influence at national level-IGL in botanical gardens:

builds an environment-friendly society

implements values of sustainability through generations

builds a prejudice-free society, open to diverse values, with respect across age, ethnic and race lines

impacts on institutions (educational, environmental, health)

increases communication and collaboration among diverse fields of life (culture, natural sciences, social sciences etc.)

4. Influence on international relations-trough IGL in botanical gardens laypersons and professionals learn about:

-various intergenerational learning practices in different countries

-state of biodiversity, nature-protection, sustainability measures in other countries

– care for the nature on international level

-broadening the approach of IGL and IG activities across different countries

-connecting professional institutions from different countries, exchange of knowledge

Among scientific priorities for 21st century are the most important life sciences, with important areas such as: structural biology, integrative biology, biodiversity, ecosystems. Application of genetic technology will change agriculture. Humanities and social sciences will have to begin to communicate with the natural sciences, and to make junctions among them, finding a new common language between the different scientific disciplines.

IGL in botanical gardens could be a catalyst of this process.

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Willow catkin wreath or circle of spring

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The morning was grey, clouds shading the early sun and promising first raindrops after a couple of months .Spring was in the air as a tiny possibility after this long winter.Sometimes is hard to remember the circle of life begins with the circle of spring.Then I saw little silver willow catkins, neatly arranged waiting to be brought into fading winter of our homes .I took mine, here are others awaiting to bring spring to your home……..

Willow
Salix alba ‘Vitellina-Tristis’
Morton Arboretum acc. 58-95*1
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Salicaceae
Tribe: Saliceae[1]
Genus: Salix
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Species
About 400.[2]from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willow
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Primula vulgaris or little trumpet

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Among the first flowers to blossom in early spring is prima rosa – latin for primrose.Single plant may live up to 25 years,forming tiny  yellow hills in semishade .Nice in garden , but beautiful in wild. Jane Austen did have it in her garden.

Jane Austen’s museum blog

As kids we would pick yellow flowers  and tried to play on them like on little trumpets.High pitched tone of primrose “singing” mingled with first bees buzz, and we all knew the spring was here.In Slovene language we call primula TROBENTICA (little trumpet).Let them play for you, I found a Pannonia Quartet playing Primula Vulgaris  !

Primula vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Primulaceae
Genus: Primula
Species: P. vulgaris
Binomial name
Primula vulgaris
Huds.

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

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Happy birthday biedermeier bouquet for me

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Yes, I admit. No, I do not feel guilty. Especially not today.

Yes, I do love cut flowers. No, I do not feel guilty for accepting bouquets. Especially not

for my birthday.

And my dear husband knows it for a long time. I expected something today, but was still surprised as this bouquet was so spring coloured ! And biedermeier bouquet is my favorite!

So, please understand, today I do not  feel like botany-zing about all these flowers.

All I want to do is to sit down and admire all the colors of my bouquet, smell the spring and dream the forgotten forests, beautiful lands and unforeseen flowers.I may even have a piece of cake and a glass of champagne with my family, for the feast is still to come.

See you!

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Camellia japonica – rose of winter

Camellia japonica, 1838

“Camellia japonica, var Doneklaarii” lithograph with full original hand colour, published in Robert Mudie’s Gleanings of Nature, 1838.’Image courtesy of ancestryimages.com’.

It was sort of sad ,working in the garden today,the cold spring wind not letting the already strong sun to heat the soil up.I did a big job cleaning the leaves from garden beds , fighting with the early weed and cutting the roses.I miss first rose buds a lot and I can’t wait to smell roses of early summer.Winter is always too long for me.

As I got my work in the garden done I’ve treated myself with a cup of tea and some WordPress time 😉 .Having my husband’s gift  Camellia  japonica just in front of me, there was no chance to write about anything else as camellia,  winter rose.Drinking tea-botanically Camellia synensis , which is nothing less as the first cousin of Camellia japonica, I was thinking about Georg Joseph Camel,a young  Jesuit missionary whose name Linne donned to genus Camellia.How far did this young man had to go in 1700 and something to make it possible for me now to enjoy camellia in my living room?The first set of his botanical drawings newer arrived in Europe ,I may imagine the pirates conquering those weren’t as happy as they would be with some solid money (hey, it didn’t change much till today).

Then I remembered The Lady of the Camellias, Alexandre Dumas son, Ferenc Liszt , La Traviata and Greta Garbo in Camille I’ve watched so long ago, but still remember divine Garbo and white Camellia she had .Garbo won 1938 Oscar for the best actress and TIME listed Camille top 100 movies ewer.What a journey for Camellia-from far East to Europe in spite of pirates,from japanese wildlife to european botanical gardens,from literature to film,from old paintings to Oscars, from monk to Chanel, from Verdi to my living room. Not bad for a scentless flower….