What do you think? Should I give botanical names or common ones of the planets I use? I’d be increasing my knowledge if I use botanical nomenclature. I know some, but certainly not all. Today I looked up the name for calla lily. I’ve been looking at them unfurl, and thinking “they’re too big for the scale of the table.” Not so, when scissors are applied.

Hellebore flower, buds, leaves and petals, ribes sanguineum Inverness flowers, Zantedeschia aethiopica (calla lily)

We had our first dose of the Moderna vaccine yesterday. My arm is sore, and I’m tired, even slept in til 5:30 this morning, which is good, but rare. Lowering my expectations of the day.

I’ll see about clearing up the workbench, maybe. Rejected ideas pile up quickly. Will mail a copy of Flowers for a Pandemic to a woman in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pick up our grocery order in Fairfax, and probably take a nap. Grateful that I have the choice to do that.

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  1. Janet Robbins

    Naps are good, with or without a vaccination…! Lovely mandala, as always. Re nomenclature, why not use common name with scientific name in parenthesis (for us science nerds).

  2. Ron Wagner

    please O, please O, please O — stay w/the common names — your work has inspired some of us to look more closely @ our gardens/weed patches and having hard enuf time w/the common name difference between dandy lions and tulips —

    or coupled w/the botanical name if you go that route

    thanks for considering,


    1. Carol Whitman

      Going to stay with common names, unless I don’t know it. For example, I have no idea what a lorapetalum is commonly called.

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