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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

B is for BARBARA

"The name Barbara [bar-bara] as a girls' name is pronounced BAR-bra. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Barbara is "foreign woman." As an adjective, it was originally applied to anyone who did not speak Greek; it has the same root as "barbarian". In Roman Catholic custom, Saint Barbara is invoked as a protector against fire and lightning; she is patron saint of architects, stonemasons, and fortifications. Barbra is a spelling variant made familiar by singer/actress/film director Barbra Streisand. Many people may associate the name with the popular doll Barbie, which is a pet form. Other famous Barbaras are actress Barbara Stanwyck; writer Barbara Tuchman; First Lady Barbara Bush." 
(from http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Barbara)

I often wondered how I came to have the name Barbara as my second name.  So I checked it out online.  How popular is Barbara?  Apparently, it's still somewhat popular nowadays, but between 1940 and 1949 it was THE most popular name.  And I was born towards the end of that decade, so I guess my mother really liked the name, too.  I have a cousin who is just a couple of years younger than me and her first name is Barbara!

Since I absolutely adore flowers, I thought I'd check to see if there are any named "Barbara."  I discovered the Clemetis Barbara, which is gorgeous, so I thought I'd share it here.

Clemetis Barbara

Pot size when deliveredSent out in Large 2 litre pots, (8 inches deep x 5 inches wide)
Size when deliveredIn most cases plants are around 1 metre high (depending on growth rate & time of year)
Age when deliveredAll our plants are at least 2 years old when sent out


Deep pink

Pruning group

Prune Hard - Group 3


Sun or Part Shade


6 - 8ft (2 - 2.5m)

Flowering Time

June to September
I'm glad I looked up the name Barbara because it makes me like it a bit more now, especially since there is a beautiful flower with the same name.  I must see if I can find one for my patio - I'd put it in a big pot with a trellis on the wall so it could climb up.

Have you ever wondered what your name means? 


ABC Wednesday said...

Although the Clematis is beautiful... besides you it stands in the shadow ;-)

The name Barbara is overhere in The Netherlans pronounced with the a's in it... "Bar-ba-ra" ;-)

You have a middle name... as a child I've envied children who had multilple names, don't know why but I did. I only have one and not a pretty one also in my opinion.

Thankfully my nickname is used by my friends mostly to.

Photo Cache said...

Wow, what an awesome find.


Hildred said...

What a warm and wonderful color, - nice name, too. I never knew a Barbara I didn't like!!!

Anonymous said...

i want a dress that color, or a dress filled with prints of flowers that color, even better

Rajesh said...

That is a lovely flower you have in your name.

Lea said...

Interesting information and pretty flower!
My name, Lea, means 'meadow, grassland, pasture' and I do love the outdoors!

Roger Owen Green said...

Barbara Eden from I Dream of Jeannie!

Anonymous said...

Always loved the name Barbara - as a clematis, she looks very different from the rest:) Thanks for your visit!

Joy said...

I'm always fascinated by what patron saints look after, most appropriate as we have just had a thunder and lightning storm here. The English summer - three day of hot weather and a thunderstorm!

carol l mckenna said...

Fun post and beautiful flower photo ~ Great research too. ^_^

My sister's name is Barbara ~ ^_^

Betty said...

I would have thought Mary was the most popular name in that time period. I seemed to have had quite a few in my life growing up in the 40's and 50's. There were people named Barbara too though, so I guess that name won out in the end.

Beverley Baird said...

Love the post Leslie. I have often been mistaken for a Barbara and have a wonderful aunt named Barbara. Lovely flower as well!

DeeDee said...

Awesome info. Lovely take on B

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Gattina said...

I remember in Germany we had lots of Barbaras in my class that was very in fashion !

Ann said...

Barbara was pretty popular when I was born in 1947. My middle name is Ann - which I go by. Lovely flower.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Do you remember the Beach Boys song, "Barbara Ann"? That's fun to listen to and sing along with.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

did they ever call u Barb?

Klara S said...

You have a lovely name and the flower is beautiful.

Klara S said...

Regarding your question about the white beach. Yes, it is snow :-) Sometimes it looks weird even for me.