Liturgical Herb Gardens

      I know the serenity one can find in a garden or greenhouse and it is this feeling of calmness and refreshment that drive many to landscape their yards.   The herbs have such a historical context to religion and weddings that it's not unusual to find liturgical gardens around churches and seminaries.   Our local Wake Forest resident,  Wayne Pratt has an interesting article written on the subject here.   Knowing the naming of many herbs corresponde to Biblical reference makes his article even more interesting to me.  

    Enjoy this read on Liturgical Gardens and their history and use.

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Image of the Edible Herb Flower, Borage

The Edible Herb Flower Borage


   The Borage, with its gallant blue flower, is cultivated in our gardens as a pot herb, and is associated in our minds with bees and claret cup. It grows wild in abundance on open plains where the soil is favourable, and it has a long-established reputation for cheering the spirits. Botanically, it is the Borago officinalis, this title being a corruption of cor-ago, i.e., cor, the heart, ago, I stimulate—quia cordis affectibus medetur, because it cures weak conditions of the heart. An old Latin adage says: Borago ego gaudia semper ago—"I, Borage, bring always courage"; or the name may be derived from the Celtic, Borrach, "a noble person."

The Blessed Herb - Bennet - Depicts In Flower The Wounds Of Christ

Flowers of Bennet Herb, The Blessed Herb,  Depict Christ's Wounds


   This, the Herba Benedicta, or Blessed Herb, or Avens (Geum Urbanum) is a very common plant of the Rose tribe, in our woods, hedges, and shady places. It has an erect hairy stem, red at the base, with terminal bright yellow drooping flowers. The ordinary name Avens—or Avance, Anancia, Enancia—signifies an antidote, because it was formerly thought to ward off the Devil, and evil spirits, and venomous beasts. Where the root is in a house Satan can do nothing, and flies from it: "therefore" (says Ortus Sanitatis) "it is blessed before all other herbs; and if a man carries the root about him no venomous beast can harm him." The herb is sometimes called Way Bennet, and Wild Rye. Its graceful trefoiled loaf, and the fine golden petals of its flowers, symbolising the five wounds of Christ, were sculptured by the monks of the thirteenth century on their Church architecture. The botanical title of this [48] plant, Geum, is got fromGeuo, "to yield an agreeable fragrance," in allusion to the roots. Hence also has been derived another appellation of the Avens—Radix Caryophyllata, or "clove root," because when freshly dug out of the ground the roots smell like cloves. They yield tannin freely, with mucilage, resin, and muriate of lime, together with a heavy volatile oil. The roots are astringent and antiseptic, having been given in infusion for ague, and as an excellent cordial sudorific in chills, or for fresh catarrh. To make this a pint of boiling water should be poured on half an ounce of the dried root, or rather more of the fresh root, sliced. Half a wineglassful will be the dose, or ten grains of the powdered root. An extract is further made. When the petals of the flower fall off, a small round prickly ball is to be seen.

From the Heritage Herbs Collection by M.G. Kains, American Agriculturist, 1912.

How To Grow & Use Scented Geranium Herb Plants - Video

Here are some tips for growing and using scented Geraniums. They can be used in cakes to add beauty and aroma.
The leaves of these plants have a beautiful smell.
You can place a leave at th ebottom of a sugar bowl to add a nice aroma.
So it's the leaves that are most useful. The flowers are edible though.
The edible leaves and flowers are also used as a flavouring in desserts, cakes, jellies and teas.

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