OR and I were chatting offline the other day and she said something (as she often does) that floored me as being so simplistic and dead on. Long story short, it was a comment that men should wear a sprig of a fragrant herb in one's lapel. Gonna have to try that. ;)
men should wear a sprig of a fragrant herb in one's lapel.
Now, where to find T-shirts with lapels! Better to do what Geoffrey V (24 August 1113 – 7 September 1151) — called the Handsome (French: le Bel) and Plantagenet because he wore a sprig of Scotch broom in his hat. Yes, Scotch broom, "planta Genista", Genista monspessulana! Trendsetter that he was, BritishEnglish royalty* became known as the Plantagenets for a few generations.
Fascinating, huh? * Corrected because I did not pay attention in school! "The Plantagenets were the Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" Thanks, davidjp!
Interesting bit about the use of Scotch broom. When I think of male head decorations during that period, I think of the sometimes massive feathers in hats of male Frenchmen. Now I wonder if Geoffrey was responsible for that trend.
Victorians also made tussy-mussies and from what I 've read scattered herbs on floors to cover up unpleasant odors.
Sometime ago I remember reading that folks living in dirt floor houses also scattered herbs on the floor. Imagine living in a house without a real floor, especially in this weather! But then insulation, Tyvek and other exterior wraps weren't invented. I think it's bad with our tough winter, but imagine how miserable it could have been without any means of heat except just a fireplace.
So, Lat, are you going to post a photo of you with a sprig of fragrant herb in your lapel? Inquiring members want to see!
Trendsetter that he was, the British royalty became known as the Plantagenets for a few generations.
Definitely cool, scotch broom takes on a whole different perspective. On a totally pedantic note I very much doubt they would have referred to themselves as British royalty. Britain didn't formally exist until the act of union in 1707, although when James VI of Scotland took over the throne of England on Elizabeth I's death (1603) I think he put forth the idea of Britain as a united country. They would more likely have referred to themselves as Kings of France, England, Ireland and at times Scotland. Anyway thats what they taught us at school. So Britain is a fairly new country but individually England and Scotland are probably two of the oldest in Europe.
Re Rue- it serves as food for the Swallowtail butterfly larvae. that is the only reason I allow it. I have never had a problem with skin irritation. I have also read that you should not grow other plants near it, but I haven't had a problem with that either.
As some of you know I have been working on changing out my standard/cookie cutter suburban landscape by integrating herbs, edibles and native flora. Culinary herbs currently growing are mint, rosemary, marjoram, Greek and Mexican oregano, thyme, bay laurel, sage, dill, lemon verbena, cilantro, flat leaf parsley and ginger. Tearing out as much of the backyard lawn and creating "herb paths" to different sitting spots. I love the idea of a mufti-sensory sensation of walking on different surfaces of rock, mulch, wood and the fragrance of the herbs being released beneath your feet or when brushed against.
I created a herb garden up close to the house 2 years ago and I just love it. I used to plant a few herbs in the garden and I never felt like walking out there to grab a few leaves while in the middle of cooking. Having a dedicated herb bed just a few steps from my kitchen has been wonderful and I don't know why I never thought about it before.
I only use herbs for cooking so I grow the usual rosemary, sage, oregano, basil, dill, thyme, parsley, tarragon and chives.
I also find chopping herbs them with a knife to be difficult. I have used kitchen shears but I discovered something I like even better. It's a Microplane Herb Mill and it works wonderfully well.
Here is a link if you would like the see it. I just rinse my herbs, chop them in the mill and then rinse the mill under running water. It is super quick and easy and I now use more herbs because of it.
Can't wait to get them growing again. I really miss the fresh ones in the winter. Right now all I have is a pot of Italian parsley growing in the house.
Post by desertwoman on Mar 9, 2015 10:17:21 GMT -5
I grow three medicinal herbs- echinacea, which takes 3 years until you can harvest the root. So in the mean time I get to enjoy the flowers and they reseed easily so I always have plants growing. chamomile which reseeds easily every year peppermint is in a half whiskey barrel to keep it contained
Most of my kitchen herb garden is also close to the house- just outside the french doors from the living room. I just step out and snip what I need for whatever dish I am preparing. In this bed I grow tarragon, oregano, parsley, marjoram, thyme and the chamomile ( so I can pick the flowers daily)
My basil is in the veggie garden companion planted with the tomatoes. Chives are planted around the fruit trees
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cool herb mill thingy. it was interesting seeing the other items 'they suggest' also on the page.
regarding chamomile. I grew it last year, because I think it's pretty, yet I also like the tea. so I waited for the flowers to get mature-ish, harvested, let dry, and the yellow stuff fell off :~/ well so I made some tea anyway with what I had, and it was aweful - very strong and stinky. what gives??