Thursday, November 30, 2006

Disporopsis arisanensis

Disporopsis arisanensis is one of the members of a small genus of evergreen Solomon's seals. In the spring it has cream and green bells hanging underneath, and its foliage is, indeed, evergreen; it stays crisp and fresh looking until it gets really cold, then I cover it with some bark mulch... today is that day, as it dropped from 66 degrees Monday, to 14 degrees currently. It is, amazingly, a native of Taiwan and rated as hardy only to zone 7. I don't know which is more surprising: that it survives here, or that I planted it in the first place. I'd think in a more proper zone 6 that it would survive uncovered, and be a dynamite winter foliage plant: a good companion say, for hellebores. Posted by Picasa

I am looking at your beautiful plant, but I cannot figure out why they call it Solomon Seal...!?
It's funny you should ask... because nobody knows for sure. One theory is that each year the rhizomatous root grows a new section, and a scar is left that looks like a seal (sort of, kind of). I like the lesser known theory better, that the juice of the rhizome was used to heal wounds, thus Solomon's seal. Take your pick, or make up a new theory.
Zone 7 in Iowa City? Do you have snow cover most of the winter? Last summer I heard a Quebec gardener talking about how well tender plants survive, even thrive, under his winter-long, three foot snow cover.
G@FT... actually, we DON'T get good snow cover; hence the bark chips. Our garden is in a little, south-facing valley, which I think helps a lot. Part of it, too, is that I try planting some less hardy stuff; some makes it, some doesn't. It's like that saying... if you throw enough stuff at a wall, something is bound to stick.
The history of perfume goes back to Egypt, although it was prevalent in East Asia as well. Early perfumes were based on incense, not chemicals, so aromas were passed around through fumes. The Roman and Islamic cultures further refined the harvesting and manufacturing of perfumery processes to include other aromatic ingredients.

Thus, the ancient Islamic culture marked the history of modern perfumery with the introduction of spices and herbs. Fragrances and other exotic substances, such as Jasmine and Citruses, were adapted to be harvested in climates outside of their indigenous Asia.
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is that perfume allergy for some women, is anything but nice.
Choosing the right perfume can be difficult and because it is also considered an intimate gift buying the wrong perfume

can backfire on you and get you the opposite result of that which you hoped for.

The first thing you need to do is do some homework, meaning research. Look at your lady's perfume bottles, the ones that

are nearly empty will be her favorites. If there is one there that is nearly full chances are she doesn't wear it often

or doesn't like it. Hint around and ask her what types of fragrances she likes and dislikes.

Humans are very sensory oriented and our sense of smell is no different. Certain perfumes can elicit strong reactions in

both the wearer and the person reacting to the scent. Perfumes are made not only to attract but to also relax someone. If

you aren't totally sure what kind of perfume to buy you can always play it safe and get something in the aromatherapy

line. If you go this route, bear in mind that vanilla scents are considered to relax and a peppermint or lemon scent will

be more stimulating.
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