Echoes of the Garden

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…

A Place in the World

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… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

In The Pinks

The Carnation has been used medicinally for approximately 2000 years, at least in China. This site gives a good account of its use there. Gerard tells us of the carnation: “The conserve made of the floures of the Clove Gillofloure… Continue Reading…


Sweet Flowers and Pink Cakes

Before we start cooking with our Noble Interest, I would like to point out that this is one of those cases where parts of a plant are edible and parts are toxic. It is not uncommon. Just please be aware… Continue Reading…

In the Garden

The Ragged Edge of the Garden

The Dianthus genus is made up of over three hundred species. The wild form of the species can be found in the Mediterranean and Middle East. Most sources say it was first documented by Theophrastus around 300 BCE but at… Continue Reading…

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Noble Interest


Dianthus Dianthus spp. This plant is one of my personal favorites. The scent of the heirloom varieties is delicious and they are visually pleasing. The family is a large one and includes the familiar carnation. I must confess that the… Continue Reading…

Wes Hu Thal

Wes Thu Hál

Hello! The weather has not improved, there being another two feet of snow fallen but we are gaining three minutes of sunshine a day now and there is a hint of hope for spring outside. The blue jays are making… Continue Reading…


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