Photograph taken through the window above my sink
to see if it might bloom again. It did!
I clicked this picture with the garage open,
giving it the dramatic black background.
My SIL kept her geraniums alive on a sunny closed-in porch for seven years.
This is my first year growing them.
I love the lacy leaves and small flowers.
12. Rose There are over 100 species of Roses – that would make a nifty ultra-challenge! I learned that most species are native to … Asia! Would you have guessed that?
13. Hosta – HA HA! I was sure this name came from the Latin and had something to do with enemy. Of course, I believe that everything comes from the Latin and tend to make myself obnoxious informing people of Latin roots. Hosta, however, comes from the Austrian botanist, Nicholas Thomas Host. Joke’s on me. Now I wonder about pronunciation. I’ve always made it rhyme with cost. Maybe it should rhyme with Costa Rica.
How do you pronounce this plant name? Long o or short o?
14. Geranium – Not from the Latin, but from the Greek! Commonly called cranesbills (evidently not that common – have you ever heard of them as anything other than geranium?) because the seed head is the same shape as the bill of a crane. (Personal investigation pending)
The Greek word for crane = geranos. Isn’t life sweet? We just learned a Greek word to add to our vocabulary. I’m over the hosta thing.
15. Lupine – Add this word to the “silent e – but short vowel sound” list (come, done, give, love, captive, minute, comrade and bade come to mind) Wait! This is about plants!! The leaves of a lupine are easy to recognize. They look like palm trees.
16. Marigold – I usually get all yellow Lulus that look like this. They are the last flower to die in the fall, only after a hard frost. I learned that the leaves are eaten as an herb and are a substitute for tarragon. Am I gutsy enough to substitute them in my Tarragon Chicken recipe?