Friday, November 28, 2008

1. Advent Sunday..decorated for the season -

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming") is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, in other words, the period immediately before Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western Christian year and commences on Advent Sunday.


Zum Advent
Die erste Kerze wird entzündet,
hell erstrahlt ihr warmer Schein.
Von Herz zu Herz in Liebe kündet,
Frieden auf Erden möge es sein.
Diesen Wunsch gar viele hegen,
in besinnlicher Vorweihnachtszeit.
Im Jahreslauf dies auch zu pflegen,
ein Segen - wären alle dazu bereit.
Hoffnungsvoll und mit Zuversicht
daß wir Menschen daran denken.
Schau ich hin ins flackernde Licht,
so sollten wir uns beschenken.
Wünsche Euch allen eine gesegnete Adventszeit.

pictures by Gisela Bach


Advent info: wikipedia
Gedicht: Karin Thießen

Sunday, November 23, 2008

TODAY'S FLOWERS Geraniums or Pelargoniums ?

TODAY'S FLOWERS

Geraniums or Pelargonium?
Pictures from my garden show the beautiful colours and versatility.

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Die Storchschnäbel (Geranium) oder Geranien sind mit rund 380 bis 430 Arten die artenreichste Gattung der Storchschnabelgewächse (Geraniaceae).
Arten und Sorten dieser Gattung werden mindestens
seit dem 16. Jahrhundert im Garten kultiviert.
Heute sind Arten und vor allem Sorten dieser Gattung in zahllosen Gärten und Parks anzutreffen.

Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as the cranesbills. It is found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean region.
Pelargonium is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 200 species of perennial, succulent, and shrub plants, commonly known as geraniums.
Confusingly, Geranium is the correct botanical name of the separate genus which contains the related cranesbills.
2008 Flower of the Year: Cranesbills Rozanne.
Both genera are in the Family Geraniaceae. Linnaeus originally included all the species in one genus, Geranium, but they were later separated into two genera by Charles L’Héritier in 1789. Gardeners sometimes refer to the members of Genus Pelargonium as "pelargoniums" in order to avoid the confusion, but the older common name "geranium" is still in regular use.