Posted by terrepruitt on May 23, 2015
I decided to go outside today to do some asana. I needed to get some sun on my hair because yesterday I put developer on it. I thought that I could get two things done at the same time: sun on my hair and yoga practice. Usually I think to do this when it is way too hot and my preparation for going outside takes longer than I actually last outside. Today, I kept that in mind. But I could tell there was a breeze outside, so I thought it would be ok. Also, it was the latter part of the day so the sun wouldn’t be beating down on me directly or for that long. So, I went outside. I had a list of yoga poses that I was going to do. It went pretty well, except for a few things.
The list starts out with standing poses. I realized that our windows would serve as a mirror in case I wanted to do some X-Ray Anatomy and check my alignment. Both proper alignment and improper alignment. Sometimes it is helpful for me to do the pose incorrectly so I can sense it and see it, and then teach to it better. So, the reflection was great today.
But . . . . my mat got hot. I would move to step into a pose and the mat was too hot. I could stay, it cooled down eventually, but it would leave my foot burning. A distraction I decided I didn’t want after a few poses. So I got a towel. Ok. Solved that little issue.
I did good on the standing poses. I was aware of the unhappy birds. I would see one come flying into the yard, and swoop out. I figured they had their eyes on the feeder and were heading in then they saw me and would pull up at the last minute. There was a bunch of tweeting, chittering, and squawking going on. I even managed to stay in Anjaneyasana longer than I intended. I was just about to move out of it when two little birds landed close to me. One on the bird bath and the other on the brass ornament we have out there. I stayed because I didn’t want to move and scare them. This was a momentary distraction. But I managed to stay pretty much focused.
The list of asana, then goes over some prone poses. Again, not too bad. I was able to ignore the bugs crawling around on the ground, while I was on my belly. . . for the most part. They were just ants. I was even so focused that I only allowed the multitude of strawberries to distract me for a moment. There are A LOT of strawberries out there. So tiny and bright red!
Then I got to the supine poses. As I was lying there looking up at the sky I noticed the wispy clouds. So I just stayed there a moment in Supta Baddha Konasana looking at them. As I watched they disappeared. I thought, “Well, that was so pretty, but I better get back to my poses.” Then I realized I could just stay in the Reclined Bound Angle and enjoy the sky for a bit. So I did. Then a cloud started to form and I thought, “Ooooo, what a cool video that would make.” So I jumped up to get my phone. I came back to my mat and got back into the pose and waited. Then I felt like I really wasn’t doing yoga or getting the point to it, if I were in a pose but holding my camera. So I put it down. I finished my list with focus.
THEN, I shot more video.
I am gonna share, you might not be able to appreciate the beauty of the day, but perhaps. The first one might even be able to be used as a little respite from a busy day.
The other two are me just pointing the camera in the general direction of the bird. I couldn’t actually see what I was videoing because of the sun. But it turns out in the second one, I actually captured the hummingbird on top of the stand. You MIGHT be able to see him. Then he flies toward the lemon tree, I think he was not happy that he had not intimidated me enough to go away. Then he flew off in a huff! Or he could have been upset because I moved one of the feeders.
I enjoyed my yard and got some yoga in. Oh, and let’s not forget, hopefully the sun helped my dingy hair color! Hopefully you will enjoy a bit of my yard, too.
Do you ever manage to get any yoga done outside?
Posted in Misc | Tagged: asanas, developer for hair, hair product, Hummingbirds, Low Lunge, Nia, prone poses, Reclined Bound Angle, standing poses, supine poses, X-Ray Anatomy, Yoga, Yoga Practice | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 21, 2015
Just yesterday I was visiting over on Twitter and I saw a tweet about cycling helping with migraines. That sounded very interesting to me. I, thankfully, don’t get migraines, but I feel as if I know a bunch of people who do. And a migraine is not just a headache, so I have great sympathy for migraine sufferers. I rarely get headaches and when I do, I do not like it. It is so uncomfortable. When I get a headache, since I rarely get them, I know there is a REASON. I don’t just GET headaches, there has to be SOMETHING that is making me have a headache. Most of the time I can figure it out and fix it. Sometimes I can figure it out but I can’t fix it, but at least I know why I have a headache. Headaches are awful. I know that migraines are WAY worse than headaches. Some have very severe pain, more than just “headache pain” and some migraine sufferers have additional symptoms like dizziness, blindness, vomiting, and more. So, as I said, I thought that “cycling for migraines” sounded interested. It was a video report.
First of all, I would call it “spinning” not cycling. But . . that is perhaps just me. I think of cycling as riding a bicycle and riding it outside. The video was about what many people call “spinning” as in riding a stationary bike in a spin class and the video does actually call it “indoor cycling”. I think that riding a bicycle outside is way different from riding a stationary bike in a class. One reason that spinning might be a good form of exercise for migraine sufferers is that the head can remain pretty much stationary. On a bike ride outside the could possibly be bouncing involved and jolting of the head might aggravate a migraine. So it makes sense that stationary would be better and could be good. It could be just be called “spinning” at the gyms and venues that I am familiar with.
So basically the video said that 36 million Americans suffer from migraines. Now I am guessing that the number stated are reported migraine sufferers. I bet there are a lot more people who don’t even go to the doctor or report to anyone that they suffer from migraines. So I imagine that is a low number. It also said that low impact exercise is good for migraine sufferers, because their head doesn’t move and there is not jolting.
The video also said that there was a Swedish study in 2008 where most of the participates showed improvement after being in a 3 month cycling program.
It ended the spinning segment by saying no one is saying that cycling (spinning) is a cure, but they are suggesting it can help people who suffer from migraines cope with the pain. Often time exercise helps people cope with pain and other things that are affecting them. It is a matter of finding the RIGHT exercise. Something that does not exacerbate the issues they are having. But movement helps so many areas of our being. I am always one to suggest Nia as an aide, but in the case of migraines I can understand how one might not want to move their head. I have never actually tried spinning. But I know in Nia we move the head a lot.
Do you suffer from migraines? Have you ever taken a spinning class?
Posted in Training and Exercise | Tagged: CNN, cycling for migraines, Group X San Jose classes, migraine sufferer, Nia, Nia Classes, spin class, spinning for migraines, Twitter | Leave a Comment »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 19, 2015
So, so, so many things to go into my Goodie Jar. I think the last mention of it was in March. MARCH! Here it is, MAY! Well, I have been busy filling that jar. So much so that I had to move it to a different container. And I think since it is only May this one won’t last long. Perhaps when this container gets full I will put the papers in the original container, the pitcher and we will just put things in the new container. It is AWESOME to have to have more than one container to contain the good things! Wahooo. This time it is really exciting because my husband has been putting stuff in. He put things in the pitcher the previous years, but this time he is putting stuff in more often . . . . hence the need for a different container.
My hubby is using some of the ticket stubs and things of that nature as his documentation of the good things. But he doesn’t just put the item in the jar he writes on it to state why the ticket/used gift card/parking pass/whatever made him smile. He is doing a great job. It will be super fun this December 31, 2015 because it will be more stuff from him and not so weighted towards me and my smiles.
I have had a lot of “student” stuff to put in the Good Thing Jar. Good things keep coming to them via movement . Today one woman told me that she is sleeping about two hours longer since starting Nia. Exercise is often praised for the help it brings to people regarding sleeping. Some times the help is in the form of better sleep and sometimes it is in the form of more sleep. I love that she recognized that her sleep benefited from Nia.
I have also had yoga people say this or that has improved. And, yes, again it is the exercise, the yoga that is helping. That is what is so awesome. Hearing people reaping the benefits of movement is definitely Goodie Jar Material.
Recently I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time with my three girlfriends AND my hubby. That was a special treat. Our friend that moved away came down for a visit and spent the day with us. Spending time with my friends is ALWAYS a good thing . . . . so it goes in the jar. Ya know, anything that makes me smile.
After that, one weekend we dog-sat my husband’s “co-workers” for the weekend. That was a treat. That type of thing is a Goodie Jar item.
Oh . . . .just writing about the Good Things in the Goodie Jar is making me smile. I can’t wait to read it all . . . . but then, I can because that will mean the year is gone. I will stick to thinking about the smiles in the container.
Well, this is a share and a reminder. You can start a Goodie Jar anytime. If you are doing one, have you added to it lately?
Posted in Good Things in the Goodie Jar | Tagged: good things jar, Goodie Jar, Nia class, Nia students, Yoga class, yoga students | 2 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 16, 2015
You might have read a little over a month ago that I put salt in a jar and filled it with lemons. (Click here for that post.) I had heard about it from a friend on Facebook. When writing the post for my blog I did a really quick search and learned that preserved lemons are a “gourmet food”. Also, after I posted about it two of my friends told me that they had seen jars of them at Trader Joe’s. So this is not a completely unique food. It is actually common in Moroccan and Middle Eastern recipes. I sealed my jar on April 7th so the schedule was to open it 30 days later on May 7th. Well, I was making something on May 6th and decided to use the lemons for it.
I was making chard. I think of chard as bitter so I usually use a lot of seasonings when cooking it. I didn’t read the instructions when I prepared the jar, and true to form I didn’t read, or more accurately, I disregarded the instructions when cooking with them. I did not rinse the lemons. And on top of that I salted the chard as I was cooking it. So two huge errors. I used a lot of lemons because I wanted the greens to be very flavorful. But it is imperative that the lemons be rinsed! The chard was actually too salty to eat!
I was a bit sad because I thought these lemons were going to be a new “thing”/flavor I could cook and prepare food with. I did hold out faith that it was my bad decision not to rinse the lemons that made the lemons icky.
A few days after my chard disaster I made some rice. This time I rinsed the lemons thoroughly then cut them up and put them on top of the rice in the rice maker. Success! YES! It was sooooo yummy. The lemons gave just enough flavor but did not over power. It was good. Yay!
Since I had had success with the rice a few nights after that, I made some broccoli with the lemons. I used a tiny it of oil and a couple of slices of onion. I didn’t want to overpower the lemons so I didn’t want to use too much of anything else. Again, I rinsed the lemons really well, cut them up and then put them in the pan with the broccoli to cook. Again, yummy!
One thing about the lemons is they are so slimy. I don’t care to touch them because they are so slimy, but once you rinse them they are ok.
The information I’ve seen is that lemons, salt, and water is more common for is recipes in North African and Indian cuisine. The recipe I followed is just salt, lemons, and the juice of the lemons. No water.
As I said in my original post about this, I used a small jar. I was thinking after I tried it, if I liked it, I would make a larger jar, but, I don’t see the need for a larger jar for us. The small one is fine. If I were to start a new jar now, we would probably finished with the present jar by the time it is ready. I think I might try that, but this time add some other flavor.
Have you ever had preserved lemons? Have you have made them? What do you think of them?
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Posted by terrepruitt on May 14, 2015
There are poses and moves that I love to do that I don’t get to do in my classes. Some of the poses or moves require a wall. While there are walls in the venues where I teach, they are not always accessible. Some walls have mirrors and most venues ask people to NOT TOUCH the mirrors. Some walls have chalkboard, white boards, cork boards, and other types of boards where announcements are hung. It is not feasible to use the walls with the boards, because we would be touching and possibly damaging the announcements. And some walls have cabinets and sinks, so that doesn’t work. Some walls aren’t really WALLS at all, but they are windows, that is almost the same as mirrors in that we shouldn’t be pushing on them and putting our hand prints all over them. And for some poses it wouldn’t just be hand prints — it just wouldn’t work. Some walls have ballet barres attached to them so they wouldn’t work for the poses or movements. And some walls just have too much stuff in front of them to be used. So in the majority of the classes I teach we don’t use the walls, which is a bummer. One pose that I have been doing a lot lately on my own is a great one, but it requires a wall. The name is actually “Legs up the Wall Pose” or the relaxed version of Viparita Karani.
Basically for this pose you lie down on your back with your buttocks up against the wall and your legs straight up on the wall. The benefits of this pose touted by practitioners of yoga are many. Including calming the mind, easing anxiety and stress, relieving tired feet and tired lower legs.
According to Yoga Journal:
“good for most everything that ails you, including:
High and low blood pressure
I find that I am comfortable in this position for about 15 minutes. If I am going to stay in this position longer than 15 minutes I like to lie on something, like a folded towel. I place the folded towel under the lowest part of my back.
This is a relaxing position and should feel very comfortable, so adjust your body in order for it to be comfortable for you. That could mean moving your body away from the wall, so your buttocks are not touching it. Move as far away as you need to in order to relax and still be in the pose. Or it could mean using a bolster under your buttocks and lower back or a towel under your lower buttocks. Move and adjust yourself and any prop you are using to find something relaxing and comfortable for you. You may even want to put a rolled towel or something under the arch of your neck for support. Stay in this position as long as you are comfortable. Be aware of your feet and any sensation you may have. I usually roll out of the pose when my feet get tingly.
In some styles of yoga Viparita Karani is done with the legs in the air and a support device or your hands supporting your lower back with elbows bent. This version gives you the benefit of the legs being higher than your heart, but it is not as relaxing and restful as with your legs against the wall.
If you are in good health and cleared to do yoga and inversions, I would recommend this pose. It is great for relaxation. I have been doing it before I go to bed.
Are you familiar with this pose? Have you ever tried this pose?
Posted in PiYo/Pilates/Yoga | Tagged: Legs up the Wall Pose, relaxing pose, San Jose Group X, stress relieving pose, Viparita Karani, yoga classes, Yoga Practice | Leave a Comment »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 12, 2015
I had started writing a different post, a post about a yoga pose I am enjoying lately and wish I could do in my classes. But as I was cooking dinner my husband came into the room laughing and saying that Hulu finally had a good commercial. I totally judge commercials. Since I am forced to have them play, I sometimes watch them. When I watch them, I judge them. Currently I am convinced that a specific car company thinks it has very unintelligent owners/drivers – or that is at least the way the commercial portrays them. And Jack-In-The-Box is brilliant! Sometimes I enjoy commercials, and now, on Hulu there are two commercials that are super funny – at least to me and my husband. The commercials are for hot dogs.
They are old commercials, uploaded to Youtube in 2012, but I am just seeing them now. Applegate – Natural and Organic Meat is the maker of the commercials or, more accurately, the product that the commercials are advertising is hot dogs.
The one I saw first was this woman sitting at her dining room table interviewing a cow. The “cow” was a man, a huge muscle man in a cow costume. They call him Mooscles. She tells him she is looking for a natural hot dog made of beef without hormones. He claims he does not use hormones. She asks him if he uses growth hormones and he says no. She then tells him there is a needle sticking in his haunch. He looks at it and say it is not his.
In the other one a woman is in the store holding a package of hotdogs and the cow approaches her and ask her if she is looking for quality meat and she says she thinks she found it and he says, “Yeah, you did,” while flexing his pecs. She says her family prefers all natural beef. He says his does too and he points to his kid. The “calf” is the same guy in a shopping cart. And the “cow” says, “They grow so fast.” This one is not as funny to me, but the point is funny, I think. Especially since that is what growth hormones do, make things grow larger than they normally would and at an accelerated rate. When the commercial shows the product name it states “The cleaner wiener”. Too funny!
I told my husband that I thought the commercials were so funny I was going to write a blog post about them, but I changed my mind. He thought they were funny enough for a post. So I changed my mind back!
That is one icky part of Hulu, so far it seems that they run the same commercials for ever break for a few weeks. I am so tired of a specific insurance commercial, yet, I honestly couldn’t tell you the company. Ha, annoying advertising is not always effective.
Do you ever pay attention to commercials? Do you like some more than others? Do you have a favorite commercial?
Posted in Misc | Tagged: Applegate - Natural and Organic Meat, Hulu, Jack In the box, Moocles, Yoga, yoga classes, Yoga Pose, Youtube | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 9, 2015
Some of you may have heard of Iyengar yoga. It is a form of Hatha yoga created by Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar. It was borne from hours and hours (equating to years and years) of practice. Iyengar yoga focuses on doing the asanas in a precise and exact manner with mindfulness and specific breath. The poses are also held so that the practitioner can have “microscopic awareness and inner penetration” and not just mechanically do the pose without thought. I never knew Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (B.K.S.) Iyengar’s story and having just learned it, I find it very interesting.
His brother-in-law was a “respected yoga scholar” and he asked B.K.S. to move to his city to help his sister with running the house. B.K.S.’s brother-in-law, Tirumalai Krishnamarcharya, was not impressed with B.K.S. suggesting he should practice yoga to improve his health. B.K.S. did, and after three years he noticed improvement. His brother-in-law ran a yoga school and during a yoga demonstration asked B.K.S. to execute a pose he was not familiar with much less able to do. But B.K.S. did it anyway and injured himself. It took him years to fully heal the injury.
This was the catalyst for his thoughts on progression and sequencing. He realized that one needs to work his way up to certain poses. One needs to prepare himself both mentally and physically for certain asanas. Poses should not be done without any preparation.
B.K.S. married during the time when yoga was not very popular and his efforts to bring it to a wider audience did not help his family’s financial situation. It took 12 years for B.K.S. situation to change for the better and many more years for yoga to become popular. But as you may know yoga eventually caught on and is now practiced in many corners of the world.
In 1975, three years after his wife, Ramaamani Iyengar, died, the Ramaamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India was opened. Thousands of people attend the yoga school to learn Iyengar yoga.
B.K.S. Iyengar died in August of 2014. If you consider 1934, when he moved to Mysore to help his sister, as the year he started doing yoga, he had been doing yoga for 80 years. He died when he was 95.
The title of this post is a play on the titles his books Light On Yoga, Light On Pranayama, Light on Astanga Yoga, and Light on Life. Having not read any of them, I am assuming the books shed light on each subject in the title. Since I just learned a bit about B.K.S. Iyengar I thought I would share, shedding some light.
I just received B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga The Path To Holistic Health, I am sure that I will be learning a lot more about Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar and Iyengar yoga so I am sure I will be sharing more about it. With the different branches of yoga and the many different types there is always something to learn and that means there is always something to share!
Have you heard of Iyengar yoga? Do you do yoga? What type of yoga do you do?
Posted in PiYo/Pilates/Yoga | Tagged: Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar, Hatha yoga, holistic health, Iyengar yoga, Light On Pranayama, yoga asanas, yoga poses, Yoga Practice, yoga school | 8 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 7, 2015
Not too long ago one of my Nia students asked me if the Road Diet in Willow Glen was working. I laughed because I don’t know what the goal of the diet is. I think that if the reason for changing the lanes on Lincoln Avenue in San Jose from four to two was to decrease the number of cars driving down the street, then perhaps it worked. I think there are fewer cars actually using the road because, as I said there are two lanes now, one going one way and another going the other way. Half as many lanes. If with the reduction of lanes they wanted it to take longer to get down the street even with fewer cars, then it is working. I am not in downtown Willow Glen everyday, but when I have been down there, it does seem as if there are less cars . . . but it does not seem like there is less traffic congestion. The cars back up to what seems like the length of the entire downtown. So it doesn’t seem like traffic congestion has been eased at all. So I don’t know if it is “working” because I don’t know if that was the goal of the city.
It seems to me . . . but again, I am not in downtown Willow Glen every day, nor do I own a storefront there, but it seems to me that fewer cars driving down the street would mean less business for the stores. Especially if the lower number of cars is creating a worse traffic situation. While I have not done a large survey, the people I have talked to have shared with me that they are avoiding downtown Willow Glen because “it is worse than it used to be.” Also, the people who I have talked to that live and work down there say that it is now taking them 10 to 15 minutes longer to get to work or home. I do believe that two things might ease the traffic situation with this Road Diet — 1) if the lights were actually properly set up to allow for left hand turning cars to turn at the same time and 2) if people actually understood the purpose of the reversible lane/suicide lane. Even though there are designated turn lanes at the lights now, the lights are only green going one direction. And at places where there is not a light, I have seen people stop all the traffic behind them and make a left hand turn from the lane of traffic that is supposed to be able to continue to flow. It is as if people do not know what a middle lane is for.
The reversible lane/suicide lane is there to allow left hand traffic to pull into so they can make a left hand turn and allow traffic behind them to keep flowing. It is also to help people coming out of the businesses, allowing them to turn left passing over one lane of traffic, then pausing to make certain it is safe to merge into the traffic going the direction they want to go.
Also, apparently, in downtown Willow Glen, it is where all the delivery trucks park so they can make their deliveries. Granted that seems better than blocking a lane of traffic, but that is until you see the driver/delivery person dart out into the traffic from behind the truck.
I have seen a petition against the Road Diet on Facebook from some Willow Glen business owners. As I said, there are fewer cars on the road, so to me that equates less business, but I don’t know. I am curious if there is more walking traffic and more bike traffic. Curious, if the increase (if there is one) in bicyclists and pedestrians equates to more business for the businesses. As I said, I have only talked to people who are avoiding the area, I haven’t talked to people actually down there — because I am one of them avoiding the area. Also, I have only spoke with at a couple of businesses whose employees now have a longer commutes.
At least the term is accurate it is a “ROAD Diet” as opposed to a Traffic Diet or Congestion Diet because from what I have seen it has caused more traffic and congestion. Perhaps they should remove the “diet” from the name altogether, because many people agree diets don’t work.
I believe it was scheduled for a three month test. I am looking forward to seeing the results and finding out what the City will decide. Again “is it working” is a matter of opinion, I guess.
What do you think? Do you frequent downtown Willow Glen? Have you experience a Road Diet in your area?
Posted in Misc | Tagged: decreasing business, decreasing lanes, increasing business, increasing congestion, left hand turn lane, Lincoln Avenue Road Diet, Nia, Nia students, reversible land, Road Diet, San Jose traffic, Suicide lane, Willow Glen Road Diet | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 5, 2015
My knee has been burning. I don’t know what is the problem in my knee, but I do know why. So I thought I would put some Arnica Allay on it. I have mentioned arnica before. I mentioned it in my post about the cream called Trauma. I also mentioned it when I posted about my having henna tattoos on my legs and feet. I used it then not for its healing properties, but because oil is said to help set henna. Then I mentioned it in a post when I broke a blood vessel in my hand. At that time I said I would use it. The thing with the broken blood vessel is that it didn’t actually hurt. I had attention called to it because I had that 400 bubble survey to do, but aside from that my hand didn’t hurt. So putting the oil on was to help it heal, but I didn’t need any pain relief. With my knee there is that uncomfortable burning sensation, so I am using the oil to make that go away. And ya know what? It does. The second I put the oil on the burning goes away.
I like this oil because . . . as funny as it sounds . . . it is not really oily. I am not sure if you are familiar with how some oil can be really oily and others are not so much, but that is the case with this. This oil is more like moisturizer and it seems to absorb really well. I put it on my knee then rub the oil into my knee, trying to warm it up. Then usually by the time I am done it is pretty much absorbed into my knee.
With some oils I would not think to rub any left over into my hands, but since this oil absorbs so well, I just rub it in.
A quick Google search revealed there are many arnica products available. There are creams, oils, ointments. This particular oil is for external use only. It is made by Flower Essence Services. The ingredients are listed as: “Olive Oil*B; with infusion of Arnica flowers*B, non-GMO tocopherols, essential oils of Sandalwood W, Cedarwood*, Vetiver*, Palmarosa*, Rose*, Cistus* and Helichrysum*; flower essences of Alpine AsterWB, ArnicaWB, Chrysanthemum*B, Indian PinkWB and Star of BethlehemWB
*certified organic, BBiodynamic®, Wwild-harvested
The bottle also states that it is an Herbal balm that provides “soothing and centering during times of trauma, injury and stress.” It says it is good to be used with a massage or in a bath. I have put it in my foot bath recently. It makes my skin really soft. I feel it helps bring a little relief to my tired feet. The past few weeks I’ve had a least nine classes a week so little extra care for my feet goes a long way.
This particular oil also has a very nice flowery scent.
A quick Google search will also reveal that there is science has not documented that arnica works at reducing inflammation or pain. So as with all things it is good to do the research and decide for yourself. My share is that I like it and it works for me. Even if it is just the moisturizing effects of the oil. :-)
Do you ever use a cream(/oil/ointment) to reduce pain or swelling? What is your preference? Have you ever used a product with arnica in it?
Posted in Misc | Tagged: Arnia Allay, Henna Tattoos, herbal balm, inflammation reduction, moisturizer, olive oil, pain reduction, Sandalwood, sore feet, sore knee | 4 Comments »
Posted by terrepruitt on May 2, 2015
We have a beautiful rose garden in San Jose, CA. I do not recall ever having been in there before my visit last week. I have lived here all my life and I do not remember ever going inside the Rose Garden. I remember going to it once, but it was closed so we didn’t get in. This past week, my friend wanted to put up some fliers so we decided to walk through the garden. I might have made it all the way through at a more leisurely pace if we had not stopped to talk to one of the ex-gardeners. My friend had been telling me some of what he had said, but he had a lot of information regarding the garden and roses in general. The rose garden is beautiful.
It is 5 1/2–acres of grass and roses. What my friend was telling me and then the ex-gardener expounded upon was that roses get tested there. So there is an entire section of roses that don’t have names. You will just see numbers on the placards. Those are patent numbers. The roses are there for three years and the rose growers see how they do. I am sure there is a list of things they are looking for in order to qualify as a new variety. The are probably being tested for size and color. Also fortitude. I am sure they don’t want a rose that will not be able to grow well. The ex-gardener mentioned that the rose growers are getting more interested in aroma. You might be familiar with the fact that most roses you purchase now-a-days don’t really have a scent. It is as if they are so busy breeding HUGE colorful roses that they bred the scent right out of them.
The ex-gardner mentioned that the public wants smelly roses. So the growers are working on putting the scent back into new varieties.
So it really seems that I picked an AWESOME day to go to the rose garden. I mean, how lucky were we to run into this man who used to work there taking care of the roses. He was so full of information and so kind to take his time to share his knowledge with us. He even pointed out his roses. Miles of Smiles they are called.
The rose garden is host to many events. People take pictures for special events all the time. There is enough grass to have a picnic or just spread out a blanket and relax. There are also a few picnic tables.
The problem for me is after having stopped to talk to the ex-gardener I used up all my “outside-breathe-time”. We ended up rushing through a portion of it so that we could have time to hang the flyers before I passed out from sneezing! My allergies are very apparent this time of year.
We actually have TWO rose gardens in San Jose. The one I recently visited is where they test the new roses and my friend was saying the other one is where they have the old variety of roses. I will have to get to that one.
The website for the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden states that the garden has over 4,000 rose shrubs. There are 189 varieties represented. Click here to visit the website.
Have you ever visited the Rose Garden in San Jose? Did you know they tested roses there?
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