Friday, 24 August 2012

THE LANGUAGE OF HERBS




It must have been about four weeks ago when I set to and gave the herb garden a big haircut.

Marjoram, sage, rosemary, mint, lemon balm, and variegated sage -  all our bushes were given a thorough trim!  However I could not bring myself to throw all the trimmings on the compost heap and stuck several large clippings in a jar. Changing the water regularly this collection of cuttings has been and still continues to provide a lovely display and aroma.

Across the ages, herbs and flowers have had special meanings. In earlier centuries it became very popular to send bouquets or posies of herbs with hidden messages of love and friendship, for example a posy of thyme, mint and sorrel would convey affection.