Blueberry Honey

by angeliska on May 17, 2009

Good things:

I received a surprise parcel this week from my long-lost friend Herr von der Goltz-
it contained a disc- Music of the Tatar People and a book from 1903,
German Wit and Humor. I love the nouveau cover! So sweet- I am cheered.

I can’t describe the joy I feel at wandering around the garden,
having a craving for blueberry- and then plucking them right off the bush!
They are perfect. If only I could wait until they’re fully ripe- a greedy Gretel am I!

Drosera kenneallyi from my sweetheart’s collection of carnivores.

I’ve trained this Aristolochia up on trellises on the porch for years,
but this is the first time I’ve ever seen it bloom! It truly took my breath away-
and the fragrance is so indescribable. Citrus, and earth and fireflies.
We also have an Aristolochia fimbriata that is wee, but smells much stronger-
like coffee, and rot and the devil’s sexy librarian mistress. Basically.

So, I think I’m developing a pretty serious obsession with these.
Can you see why they call it Calico Flower?
(aka. Aristolochia littoralis, sometimes called A. elegans)
Collectively known as birthworts, pipevines or Dutchman’s pipes-
these flowers are some of the strangest I’ve ever seen.
A really tantalizing collection of insane species can be found at
Sunshine Seeds– it’s taking all my willpower to not order most of them.

Between the Calico Flower Vines and the jasmine tangles, our bedroom windows
are nearly completely obscured. I love it- much better than curtains!

There’s a great article on Bitch Magazine about Fairuz-
the Legendary Chanteuse of Lebanon
(aka. Ambassador to the Stars,
Neighbor to the Moon and the Poet of the Voice.)

Also, I just discovered that CBS has Twin Peaks archived for watching online!
Thank you Mlle. Lau for the tip- I’m a goner now that I know..
It’s owls, blue roses and cherry pie for the rest of the summer!


aww yay! glad that you found the treasure trove. was actually planning on lending you the Big Box of all of the episodes next i saw you! but online is good too. even though mysteriously they are missing ONE episode. when i didn’t have the box set it was enraging, but its near the end, so i’ll let you borrow it by then!
your blueberries look delicious. (that would make a wonderful pick-up line, me thinks).

by lau on May 17, 2009 at 2:27 am. Reply #

What a bizarre and beautiful plant, that Aristolochia!
And now I really want to know what on earth is written in that book about German wit and humeur…o_Ô

by lutos on May 17, 2009 at 7:00 am. Reply #

you seem to have a noticeable connection and joy around nature that i wish more people noticed. isnt it interesting that agriculture is what made us so less nomadic?

by sylvio on May 17, 2009 at 1:38 pm. Reply #

whoa.. twin peaks online…
and i was just about to leave the house.

by c h a r i t y on May 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm. Reply #

The Aristolochia are amazing!!!! I need some of those for mi casa tambien! I got your message the other day, I am sorry everything is so topsy turvy right now. I would love to cook yous and Mr Colin dinners sometime soon. We could eat it up on the roof! Does that sound good? love you….p

by patience on May 18, 2009 at 9:11 am. Reply #

twin peaks online–there goes my day!
j’adore fairuz… and selda, and googoosh, and all ma ladiez

by tara on May 18, 2009 at 9:59 am. Reply #

The Aristolochia is incredible looking…almost as if a sea creature (Manta Ray) and a roll of flocked velvet wallpaper had a mutant love child.

by Misha/DawaiOser on May 19, 2009 at 6:42 am. Reply #

Oh you write so beautifully and make me laugh “like coffee, and rot and the devil’s sexy librarian mistress. Basically.” Oh that was descriptive and funny!
Your garden specimens are so unusual, I feel that you must live on a different planet.
To me there is nothing more peaceful than a window as yours with the glowing green leaves covering it.
To this day I can think back to an old apartment of years ago and feel the calm of looking through my windows like that.

by Sue on May 19, 2009 at 9:14 pm. Reply #

The Aristolochia should be called mandelbrot flower!

by jef on May 27, 2009 at 8:50 pm. Reply #

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