Yard sculpture a la South Side:
THEFT OF THIS CASE IS A CRIME
WARNING : Use of this Case By Others is Against The Law
Stairway to heaven and wheels of fortune.
Flora: Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) *more below about biblical Rose of Sharon in Song of Songs
Fauna: two bunnies, one yellow bird (probably yellow warbler), and the eevil green parrots are baaaaack.
*the biblical Rose of Sharon from Song of Solomon: is probably not the humble but versatile Hibiscus syriacus from our midwestern gardens
According to Wikipedia,
Chavatzelet HaSharon (Hebrew חבצלת השרון) is an onion-like flower bulb. (Hebrew חבצלת ḥăḇaṣṣeleṯ) is a flower of uncertain identity translated as the Rose of Sharon in English language translations of the Bible. Etymologists have inconclusively linked the Biblical חבצלת to the words בצל beṣel, meaning ‘bulb’, and חמץ ḥāmaṣ, which is understood as meaning either ‘pungent’ or ‘splendid’ (The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon). The name Rose of Sharon first appears in English in 1611 in the King James Version of the Bible. According to an annotation of Song of Solomon 2:1 by the translation committee of the New Revised Standard Version, “Rose of Sharon” is a mistranslation of a more general Hebrew word for “crocus”.
The most accepted interpretation for the Biblical reference is the Pancratium maritimum, which blooms in the late summer just above the high-tide mark. The Hebrew name for this flower is חבצלת or חבצלת החוף (coastal ḥăḇaṣṣeleṯ). It is commonly assumed by most people in Israel that, the Sharon plain being on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the Biblical passage refers to this flower.
Here is the Pancratium maritimum (right) believed to be the “crocus” of Song of Songs (that one should be totally obvious) and also the Madonna Lily (left) believed to be the “lily of the valley” from Song of Solomon 2.1 (think lingam/yoni, bell/clapper, mortar/pestle).