The Flower of My Secret (Spanish: La flor de mi secreto) is a 1995 drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. It was selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 68th Academy Awards, but it was not selected as one of the final five nominees.
Leo is awoken by the sound of her mother leaving a message on her answering machine. She vomits up the pills and wanders into the streets, where she bumps into Ángel. When she wakes up in his apartment the next day, she learns that, in her compromised state, she told him that she is Amanda Gris. He agrees to keep her secret, so long as she does not try to kill herself again.
Leo writes romance novels - but with a loveless marriage, she finds herself fresh out of inspiration. Angel is a tough and gruff with an iron will and a heart of gold. When their paths cross, they discover something neither had expected - a real-life love affair! It's no secret that the critics are smitten with Almodovar's hip, romantic comedy, calling it \"the flower of Almodovar's genius! Themost intelligent, subdued and uncannily powerful film of his career.\" - Matt Zoller Seitz, New YorkPress
If you had asked me, I'd have said that plant physiology had to do with plants, and that would have been the end of it. I'd never been much interested in gardens. True, there was a smallish one behind the house, where my mother raised herbs, Chinese vegetables, and perhaps a few flowers. But I was never drawn much to the backyard. I was drawn to the living room, where I could usually be found in an overstuffed chair, eating apples - stems, cores, and all - and lost in Jerry Todd and Poppy Ott books. So far as flowers went, I recognized two kinds: roses, and those that were not roses.
I came outdoors one morning to find him walking around the yard, his eyes to the ground, hands in pockets, whistling. I imagined that he probably knew everything there was to know about the plants in our backyard. But since it contained no roses, I was ignorant of them all. Wishing to make a friendly gesture, I leaned down and plucked a small yellow flower growing, apparently wild, in the grass.
Our morning excursions became an exciting daily event. I would arrive with my notebook and show Uncle Dave my list. I decided to arrange the names by flower color, and he agreed to help me with the spellings.
\"This, my dear, is a scarface willibug.\" How fascinating! Their names were as wonderful as flower names. And birds - what of birds Now that my eyes were opened to the enchanted land of a garden plot, I could see several kinds of birds, many of them not robins. I nudged Uncle Dave and pointed to one perched on the lower branch of a tree. With a great splash of red on the top of its head, it looked most unusual.
I instantly resolved to incorporate the entire garden into my notebook. In went a third section: birds. I could hardly wait to bring this latest to Aunt Muriel's attention. The summer was half-gone by now, and for some time she and I had been sharing a secret merriment. At the table I carefully spelled out the name of the bird and, while Uncle Dave helped himself to marmalade, she gave me a wink and I gave her one back.
Some wildflower violets in Finland are metsä-orvokki the forest violet and suo-orvokki the marsh violet. According to folklore, especially wild violets attract fairies. It was believed that violet had magical abilities and it was connected to other realms (fairy realm). Violet was the flower of the lovesick and was used to attract true love. It provided protection from evil spirits.
Bladder Campion. This flower is connected to the maiden aspect and is best suitable for spells performed by untouched young men and maidens. In the old times, the root of the Bladder Campion was used as soap to wash clothes.
Fern (Finnish: saniainen, sananjalka) is loved by the fairies and the forest folk. The folk tale tells that once fern grew beautiful flowers but one day there was an old woman in the forest who wiped their behind with fern flowers. This made ferns so upset that they refused to bloom during the day but only during midnight when it is so dark that no one can see their flowers. But if someone did saw fern flowers they became illusionist and they would learn the language of the birds. If one saw fern blooming in the night of the summer solstice they could find a treasure but only a brave person could do that because the treasure had to be dug up from the ground in the middle of the night when only light came from willow o wisps and the treasure was guarded by kratti, the treasure elf who would not give their treasures away just for anyone. Another Finnish name for fern is kuolleenkoura (fist of a dead person). When the ferns rise from the ground in the spring the young leaves look like fists.
Finnish name of the Common Yarrow siankärsämö means pigs snout. The origin story of the name is unknown but since common yarrow can be found in white and light pink..like baby pigs, that might explain the name. Sometimes yarrow was called lavantautiheinä (typhoid hey) because it was used to heal typhoid patients. In folk magic, yarrows were added into wreaths since they drew away demons and evil spirits. It was recommended to add pink yarrows into flower bouquets because they would attract love and romance.
Other names of the plant are connected to its usage. It was used to spice up beer and it was known as peltohumala, ketohumala (field intoxication, meadow intoxication). Yarrow was smoked as a cigarette ( tupakkikukka / cigarette flower). Sometimes names were connected to the growing place of the flower. It was also known as pellonvanhanen, pellonvanhin, pellonvanhus (oldest of the meadow) and pientarekukka (a flower that grows next to the road).
Fringed orchid. Powerful witches plant and works best in the spells that are performed in the middle of the night. Connected to Alinen (the underworld). In folk magic, a fringed orchid can turn a cat into a dog, old into young and ugly to a beauty. In Christian folk tales, flowers of the fringed orchid are connected to angels because the petals (according to some) look like angel wings. In (now day) Finland flower is protected in the whole country. Fringed orchid is especially famous for its enchanting scent.
Dandelion. Some people love it and others hate it and call it a weed. Voikukka translates as butterflower and refers to the yellow colour. Blowing dandelion seeds is a ritual when you can perform a wish. In the flower, wreath dandelions represent optimism, happiness, determination and positivity. Other nicknames for dandelion are keltakukka (the yellow flower) and ohrakukka (the barley flower) because it blooms around the time when barley is sown.
Like the ancient alchemist ever searching for the secret of making gold it seems that rhododendron growers everywhere have dreamed about creating a hybrid that is a beautiful, true yellow. Although a number of the older hybrids have been classified as yellow, such as the many of R. campylocarpum heritage for example, none could be truthfully considered more yellow than cream or perhaps pale lemon or primrose, although many are very nice.
About or soon after 1950 some of our visitors to English shows and gardens reported the best yellow seen was 'Hawk' and that var. 'Crest' was outstanding. About that time Jock Brydon and John Henny imported 'Hawk Jarvis Bay' and 'Hawk Crest' from the Exbury Estates, but of course there was no material for distribution for some time. About 1957 after the first plant received had been used for cuttings for a few years it was given to me, and I was told that it could be considered the largest 'Crest' (shown on our Front Cover) in North America since it was the first here. Despite the heavy cutting it had been subjected to it was still thin and weak in structure, although the foliage was deep green and attractive. It first flowered in May 1961 at the time the International Rhododendron Conference visitors were here. It was still of very open growth, and I recall Dr. Harold Fletcher commenting as he saw it that it looked \"almost too well bred.\" He later wrote that he doubted if it would live long. I quite agreed with him. Each year, however, it has taken on a more lusty appearance from many new branches breaking out all along the trunk almost to the ground level, with a growth of six to twelve inches on each terminal. It is now over eight feet tall and at least six feet across. There has been no damage to buds or growth at a temperature of plus 10 F. Each year it has flowered with increasing abundance, and this spring had about 50 trusses which are of medium size and compactness, well shaped, with rather open flowers as large as four inches across. It is described as \"a fine sulphur yellow\" (H.C.C. 1/3). The substance is good, and trusses look well as long as three weeks.
The cross was made by Mr. Rothschild of Exbury, using 'Lady Bessborough' and R. wardii , and it received an award of merit from the R. H. S. in 1949. Several sister seedlings have been named including vars. 'Amour', 'Beaulieu', 'Jarvis Bay', 'Kestrel' and 'Merlin'. Of these I have 'Jarvis Bay' only. Although fairly compact as a plant it is a much slower grower in my garden and generally smaller in all its parts. The flowers, of good color, are more funnel-shaped. It is much less attractive generally.
When 'Crest' is in full flower it is about the only rhododendron in the garden that gets much attention from visitors, and this may also be said as well of the seasoned rhododendron \"experts\" as of those quite unfamiliar with the genus. The \"well bred\" appearance of the plant combined with the clear radiance of the yellow trusses is striking. Perhaps the fact that each truss is almost exactly the same unmixed yellow during the two weeks or more it lasts adds to the beauty. All the trusses therefore present a fairly uniform appearance throughout the blooming season. 59ce067264