Echoes of the Garden

A Place in the World

A Hopping Good Time.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s medieval society or modern, is there anything that symbolizes “social” more than beer? People have been brewing beer since 7000 BCE in the East and 3500 BCE in the West. Hops have been being added… Continue Reading…

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Onions All Over

As ubiquitous as onions are in the kitchen, there seem to be few tales of it around the fire. The simple fact that it is so common has made it humble. A far cry from ancient Egyptian days when it… Continue Reading…

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Willows in the World

In his book, TREES:A WOODLAND NOTEBOOK, the Right Honorable Sir Herbert Maxwell says: The name “willow” speaks to us of a time when our Anglo-Saxon forbears dwelt in wattled houses. They spoke of the tree aswelig and also as widig (whence… Continue Reading…

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A Softer Shade of Purple

Blueberries are and their relatives are very popular in the kitchen. This week my problem wasn’t finding enough good recipes for our Noble Interest, it was narrowing it down to a few. I gave up. The first mention of the… Continue Reading…

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Pinks Social

Aelfrida would have been unfamiliar with the plant that I so enjoy, as this cultivated variety didn’t appear until the 1450’s.Here is a nice article on the search for the original medieval pink. In Shakespeare’s time, the gillyflower was a… Continue Reading…

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A Party or a Nap?

While most of the cultures familiar with lettuce considered it definitely not the herb to indulge in on your way to a hot date on a feast night, the country that cultivated it originally had a very different opinion of… Continue Reading…

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Love, the Truth, and a Good Defense

Since ancient times, the Linden has been known as a tree of truth and peace.Herodotus tells us that “The Scythian diviners take also the leaf of the lime-tree (linden), which, dividing into three parts, they twine round their fingers; they then… Continue Reading…

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A Safety Net and A Song

In his book, Trees, A Woodland Notebook, the Right Hon. Sir Herbert Maxwell points out that many places in Great Britain are named after the elder. This suggests that elder was both common and noticed.Elder has always been considered to… Continue Reading…

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A Comfort For The Trip

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve wanted to make myself a garment of plant fiber that I grew, processed, spun, and wove myself. Comes from reading fairy-tales from a young age, I guess. Which is why it’s always… Continue Reading…

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From Top To Bottom

You can find the radish in a lot more places than just the salad bowl.Pliny tells us that there was at least one offering of a golden radish to the god, Apollo. Every year in Oaxaca, Mexico, they celebrate The… 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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