My love of growing herbs began back in the early nineties.
I was part of a women’s group called The Herb Society.
Once per month, we’d meet and learn about herbs. Designated members would bring a tasty recipe containing herbs for us to enjoy after the meeting.
I recall once we drove out of town to an herb festival. It was great to get together. We became friends, brought about by our mutual love of herbs.
Herbal Treasures, written by Phyllis V. Shaudys, is my very favorite book I happened to purchase at one of the herb group meetings.
The one you see above is not my original copy. I believe I wore the first one out. I ordered this one from some obscure place online because I wanted another copy.
This is a black and white book unfortunately. No wonderful color photos to gaze at. Still, it is chock-full of great information and ideas on ways to use herbs.
This book was also my introduction to aromatherapy.
And it introduced me to tussie-mussies. Or “talking bouquets.”
I found an herb tussie-mussie on Pinterest to show you. (Unfortunately, when I clicked through to the website, they no longer had it on the site.)
For lunch yesterday, I had a baked potato with fresh chives. So nice to just go out on the patio and snip chives for my potato.
Herbs and flowers are many things to me. Often when I’ve lost a beloved pet, I plant a memory garden in their honor.
I choose herbs/flowers to describe my love for that pet. For instance, rosemary for remembrance. Chamomile for comfort.
The Language Of Flowers:
Floriography is the “language of flowers,” dating back to Victorian times. It allowed people to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken, through their choice of flowers.
Sounds so old-fashioned, doesn’t it? Well, it is. But it’s also wonderful.
Here’s an article about how flower-obsessed Victorians encoded messages in bouquets.
Using herbs enables all the senses: Sight, smell, touch. Rub the leaf of pineapple sage and you will be rewarded with a gift that is, for me, truly glorious and unlike any other.
Growing herbs gives me joy in so many ways. I have planted wagon wheel herb gardens using bricks as spokes, herb container gardens, herb fairy gardens, etc.
You can find many of these gardens described in the book.
In this era of immediacy, I like to get unplugged from all things electronic and go out to my patio.
I sit and listen to the birds. Watch the hummingbirds and butterflies gather around my herbs and flowers. They enjoy them as much as I do.
It is the ultimate treat in relaxation and contentment. A simple gift we give ourselves that just keeps on giving.