Balustraded wall border in the rose garden. Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania.
The Language of Flowers (1839)
To love is a pleasure, a happiness that intoxicates
to cease to love is ceasing to exist, it is to have bought
this sad truth that innocence is falsehood
love an art and happiness a dream.
Top: Sebastopol geese from Cottage Rose, a Sebastopol breeder.
Left: Snowflake the Sebastopol goose (who thinks she’s a sheep), at the Red Brick Road Farm, Icelandic sheep breeding, Illinois.
Right: The Sebastopol goose (also known as Frizzled Fowl) has pure white, curling feathers.
Sebastopol geese are descended from the European Gray-lag goose, and have been around for a couple hundred years. Their origination remains the subject of debate, even today, but the following account was published in the Illustrated London News, on September 8, 1860, and re-printed in The Poultry Book:
Amongst the geese there were two curious specimens from Sebastopol, exhibited by Mr. T.H.D. Bayly. These birds are somewhat smaller than those of this country at a mature size, but they are of the purest white and the most perfect form, whilst the more conspicuous portion of their plumage is of a curly nature, affording a very striking contrast to the feathers of the ordinary English goose. The feathers on the back are curved and frilled upwards; the secondary feathers of the wings are elongated and twisted, also the tail coverts. These geese were sent to Mr. Bayly by John Harvey, Esq., who had been cruising in the Black Sea. Their weight is 11 lbs. each. They are of precisely the same habits as our English geese.
The average female goose will produce between 25-30 eggs per year. They bond well and can be very social with their keepers. The long curling feathers prevent them from flying well, although they do maintain some flight ability. Clean swimming water, such as a small pool, should be provided to allow the geese to bathe and clean themselves. Sebastopol geese can be raised in colder climates if an adequate shelter from the cold is provided.
Grow your own damn vegetables.
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One of my favorite conifer groups are those in the Yew family. Pictured: a Golden Yew for a new shade garden installation. These plants are deer proof, tough as nails once established, disease and bug resistant. Good soil and drainage are their only requirements.
Tree diagram from Scientific American (1926), illustrating “A Tree of Electricity.”
A bolt of lightning can pass through a tree on the way to the ground. Trees contain lots of water, which is a better electrical conductor than air. The trunk of the tree contains a higher concentration of water, just beneath the outer surface (cambium). When lightning surges through a tree, it causes the water in the tree to boil explosively, which can cause the tree to crack wide open, exploding bark up to 100 feet. The duration of the lightning bolt will determine how destructive it will be to the tree.
Pallas Athene, Goddess of Wisdom.
The branches of an olive tree are entwined around her head and body. The Olive Tree is a sacred symbol of peace, wisdom and triumph.
Photogravure (1915), from the painting Athene and the Centaur c. 1482, Sandro Botticelli.
Photos of the Year 2012, NatGeo
“The President” a 3,200 year-old giant sequoia tree in California. Note the person at the bottom of the tree.
and the person at the top of the tree.