Echoes of the Garden

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.

Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This particular myth has been one of my very favorites since I was a child. I still stop when I pass a lone oak in the winter to listen to it whispering Baucis' name. (Yes, they do whisper to themselves.) I hope you enjoy the story (and the oak's conversation) as much as I do.

You can read it here.

Or you can listen to it here.

Here's a charming version to watch.

In the course of my research this week I found this wonderful bit of imagery and even though it shows a side of the linden that didn't make itself apparent in other stories I wanted to share it with you.
The Linden broke her ranks and rent
The woodbine wreaths that bind her,
And down the middle—buzz! she went,
With all her bees behind her. Tennyson
Here's a link to the full poem.

Derek Harper [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I hope you enjoy your weekend and I'll meet you back here on Monday with another Noble Interest. Thanks for stopping by!

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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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