1. Invasive plant - mobile applicaton

    While this post is not about mythology - the role of invasive plants has an impact on the native plant population and their role.

    Here is an application developed in the U.K., that I suspect will grow globally. 

    Mobile phone users are being urged to help fight the spread of invasive plants across the UK — by downloading PlantTracker. The new app has already attracted 7,000 downloads and alerted ecologists to 2,500 sites where key invasive species have been spotted.

     

    See this article from Science Digest, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121217234940.htm

     
  2. leafmag:

    How cool is this?  The Alnarp Library in Sweden has a 217 volume collection of wooden books called The Tree Library.  Each book describes a specific tree—its binding is bark, moss and lichens found on that species and the book interiors hold more natural surprises.

    The books were made in Germany during the 19th century.

    To see more on this remarkable library visit the Alnarp Library.

     
  3. Color in the Garden

    Have you ever wondered about the color of plants and what they mean or why do you get certain feelings when plants are grouped by color?  Maybe this list will shed some insight.


    Purple:  Traditional color of royalty. The color represents magic and spiritually, passion, being powerful, pride, or success and protection.

    Blue:  Elemental color of water offering a sense of calm, dignity, and serenity, peaceful, healing and soothing.

    Green:  Element color of the earth, prosperous and stable, a color of the Fairie Kingdom.

     

    Yellow:  Elemental color of air and the big color of spring reflecting new beginnings associated with spring.  It is the color of friendship, joy, and lightheartedness, creative and knowledge.

    Bronze:  A color of a happy home.

    Brown:   Represents earthy, stable, grounding, and comfort.

    Cooper:   A lucky color that encourages healing and prosperity along with representing earth and richness.

    Gold:   The color of the sun representing opulence and wealth.

     

    Orange:   A color of the sun screaming excitement and energizing motion.  Long associated with the annual harvest representing exuberance and enthusiasm. Represents vitality or physical health, bring an orange pot with orange flowers to see a friend who is down.  A bouquet of orange flowers will bring thoughts of passion for life, satisfaction, and an air of confidence.

    Red:   Elemental color of fire associated with love, desire, and passion.   A color representing protection for the garden and the home; plant this color near your vegetable garden or near your front door.   Red shows an indication of devotion and beauty along with strength.

    Pink:   A relaxing color that is often associated with first love and romance.  Use in a planting that traditionally represents joy, youthfulness, or innocence.  Pink is a suggestive color for the emotions of grace, gentility, or happiness. 

     

     

    Silver:  Color that represents the goddess and is representative of mystique and illusion.

    White:  An all-purpose color representing the moon.  It represents freshness, purity and innocence. An interesting note is it is representation of faraway love.

    Black: Removes negativity and establishes boundaries in the garden and in selected places.  Often used as a dramatic accent whether as a plant, a container or both.

     

    There are some great sites that discuss the history and the meaning of cut flowers and their colors with particular focus on selecting bouquets. 

    Language of flowers: Victorian – covers herbs, flowers and plants and a bit of the history

    Hanakotoba- the language of flowers as seen through the Japanese culture

    Online Flower Guide - Descriptions are broken up by color and the more common plant types seen in bouquets

     
  4. Spring!

    Welcome to my blog. Something that has been a long time coming and since it is the season to start something new and to pursue a dream, let’s begin. A little about me always help the conversation. I am a lifelong gardener and a student of mythology and plant lore.  My talent for growing and studying the plant kingdom and its ways is inherited from my mom and grandfather. I come from a long line of Scots and in the tradition of the Celts; I thought I would share the knowledge of what I have learned and continue to learn about plants and their myths. No doubt this site will evolve and you are welcome to participate in that evolution.

    Since it is the beginning of a new season let’s start with some of the plant lore that goes with Spring. The spring equinox is the celebration of equal length of day and night and the beginning of the season of spring. It is the symbolic time of rebirth, fertility and immortality. It is the time for seed planting and a time of new growth whether it is from last year’s bulbs or that new tree you planted in the fall.

    In the Celtic calendar it is called “Mean Earraigh” or “Oestara.” Here is a sampling of some of the spring flowers and trees associated with this first cycle of the natural cycle along with their ruling planets:

    •   Acorns of the Oak tree symbolize fertility  and is ruled by the planets Mars (action) and Jupiter(expansion)
    •  Cinquefoil where the root and leaf are used in ritual baths and for purification.  When worn it brings love and wisdom as symbolized by its 5 petals. Considered a plant of prosperity and success and ruled by Jupiter and the Sun (energy) bring the love and wisdom to the wearer.
    •  Dandelion where the leaves are said to increase psychic abilities and provide wisdom.  When the flowers turn to the familiar white puff ball and it is a full moon blow your wishes to the wind. A plant associated with Jupiter and if you think about how dandelion show up everywhere it seems a good fit.
    • Dogwood, a tree of protection. The four petals of the flower symbolizing the four elements of air, earth, fire and water. Associated with the Moon (mystique)  which is the ruler of the plant kingdom.
    •  Iris is considered a herb of the goddess bringing purity, courage and faith  
    •  Violets symbolize love and protection and are a plant sacred to the Fairy kingdom. It owns the distinction of being associated with Saturn and the element water. 

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.   - Margaret Atwood

     
  5. image: Download