“Man is ill because he is never still.” ~Paracelsus
“Every simple plant remedy is blessed and gifted by GOD and its Handmaiden nature to such an extent, that according to it’s own nature and way, it has the power to heal, strengthen, allay pain, cool, warm up, purge, and sweat.” ~Heironymus Bock, Kreuterbuch
*Image of St. John’s Wort~
“And because the Breath of Flowers is farre Sweeter in the Aire (where it comes and Gose, like the Warbling of Musick) than in the hand, therefore nothing is more fit for delight, than to know what be the Flowers and the Plants that doe best perfume the Aire.” ~Francis Bacon, 1625.
“My gardens sweet, enclosed with walles strong, embarked with benches to sytt and take my rest. The Knotts so enknotted, it cannot be exprest. With arbours and alys so pleasant and so dulce, the pestylant ayers with flavours to repulse.” ~Thomas Cavendish, 1532.
*Image of Lavender~
“Here’s flowers for you; Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram; The marigold, that goes to bed wi’ the sun, And with him rises weeping…” ~William Shakespeare, 1611.
“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food.” ~Hippocrates, Greek father of natural medicine
“GOD made the earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect.” ~Ecclesiastes 38:4
“A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.” ~Henry David Thoreau
*Shirley poppies in the forefront~
*Images of our garden taken by daughter Elise, summer 2011. We shall see what delights 2012’s garden holds. Image below of favorite heirloom flower cleome. Though not an herb, cleome is fragrant in a hot summery sort of way, and attracts fairy-like hummingbird moths at dusk.