Once again Rockefeller Center works its horticulture magic. This time with exotic palms, bromeliads and other plants to create an oasis in a concrete valley. The absence of water in the fountain pools showcase the glass tile that lines them. Best of all gone is the silly swimming pool ‘sculpture’ that covered one of the garden elements all summer long.
Our friend David Beahm, floral designer extraordinaire and now the owner and proud father of Thistledew Farm @davidbeahm, growing flowers and produce from heirloom seed, asked us to look up a word that was written on some seeds sent to him by an admirer.
So we tried s-p-e-z-o-n-e-l-l-a: nothing. Double z: nope. Diminutive of something else? Spezzone means “excerpt” or “clip”—that doesn’t seem to be a likely name for a flower.
Finally I thought, “maybe it’s not a z at all, but a print-script hybrid r?” Sure enough speronella is delphinium, but interestingly, according to Wikipedia (in Italian) it is the common name for delphinium and speronella is itself derived from the words “spron di cavaliere” or horseman’s spur.
Which made me think of our common name for delphinium which is larkspur. So two peoples see in the flower’s shape a spur―one a rider’s boot, one a a bird’s foot.
Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes today.
I spent a relaxing and special birthday in Pennsylvania at Thistledew Farm with David Beahm and Aimua Eghobamien.
Finally, an al fresco dinner and watching the stars come out.
Once again Rockefeller Center’s design team and landscapers create a soothing space in the middle of the city. Pergolas and formally arranged plantings with benches to sit and enjoy. Early morning on the way to work is the quietest time to visit before the crowds of lunchtimers or tourists gather.
So, much to my surprise, a play I submitted in a summer competition was accepted and now I have to decide to I want to do all the work involved in mounting a production! It’s only a 20-minute play, but it involves 4 actors, props, a program, rehearsals, dress rehearsal, 3 performances, and 4 more if it makes the finals. All of this before August.
The first step was creating a visual presence for the play so it could be advertised along with the other plays in the competition. So here’s my graphic for that purpose.
Let me know what you all think: about the graphic, about the doing the play. And a happy 4th to you all as well!