Echoes of the Garden

Folklore And Myth

Tales of a Worldly Willow

The Greek myth of Niobe and her pride is possibly one of the best known tales of our Noble Interest. It’s also one of the saddest. My first encounter with Greek mythology came through a book called D’Aulaire’s Book of… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

Blue Fingers and Long Afternoons

A lesser known offering from Robert Frost. I’m not sure what to think about it. It is, as usual for the author, full of imagery but it seems to be about two people planning to steal fruit from their neighbor.… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

A Princely Gift

Felicia and the Pot of Pinks was another of my favorite fairy tales. I always wondered- why a pot of pinks? Why not a pot of say, geraniums? Through my research this week one of the things that I discovered… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

Salads, Good and Bad

While I was unable to find any tales of Min, I did find the following stories. In each of them, the lettuce is not the hero but the tool which enables the hero to gain what he desires. A magical… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

Love and Hospitality

The story of Philemon and Baucis comes from Greek mythology and is a lesson on the duty and rewards of hospitality. It’s also a poignant reminder of what’s truly important in a loving relationship. This particular myth has been one… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

Of Tea and Snow

Hans Christian Andersen gives us this story of “The Little Elder Mother”. Elderberry is not the herb most closely associated with remembrance, but I like this tale of our Noble Interest as a kindly Bringer of warmth, Teller of tales,… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

The Processing of Magic

The tale most associated with our Noble interest is the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale The Six Swans. I’ve read versions where the plant needed to break the spell is stinging nettle and I’ve heard it referred to as starwort. Starwort… Continue Reading…

Folklore And Myth

About Those Cravings

The obvious choice for this week’s tale is Rapunzel.I will point out that there is controversy here, though. If you do a search for “fairy tale” and “radish” you will get a bajillion sites about Rapunzel. The common wisdom is… Continue Reading…

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About Me

About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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