For Book Beginnings:
In Western civilization ancient herbals, dating back to the De Materia Medica of Dioscorides written in the first century AD, described plants for their healing virtues.
- p. 6
For Friday 56:
In India wreaths of calendula were used to crown the gods and goddesses. In medieval times they were considered an emblem of love and used as a chief ingredient in a complicated spell that promised young maidens knowledge of whom they would marry. To dream of them was a sign of all good things; simply to look at them would drive away evil humors.
Synopsis of Jekka's Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar: This is one of the all-time classic gardening bestsellers with over 350 varieties of herb to grow and over 200 delicious and inventive recipes. It is a spread-by-spread reference work bringing together all aspects of an individual herb - history and folklore, species to grow and cosmetic, medicinal and culinary uses. Chapters on propagation, harvesting and making herb oils are complemented with ideas for 10 different designs for herb gardens and a yearly calendar. Accurate colour photography means that identification for the reader is simple as well as making the book a glorious companion - the only book on the subject the reader will ever need.
***If you're in a part of the world where you need to be planting right now, then this book is opportune. I'm trying to get outside more and trying to get a little herb garden going.
P.S. Calendula's beautiful yellow flowers would drive away anyone's bad mood!
Any avid gardeners out there? What are you planting?