|Pashmina Carpet with Gateway-and-Millefleur Pattern|
The connections across cultures within world history are amazing.
This eighteenth century Indian Mughal Pashmina carpet representing thousands of flowers surrounding the gate to paradise was influenced by trade in European tapestries that depicted "mille fleurs" backgrounds that showcased the grass thick with wildflowers, as seen in the Unicorn Tapestries.
|The Hunters Enter the Woods (from the Unicorn Tapestries)|
Even in the city, you can often find space on your windowsill or have window boxes.
Most herbs are tough, and from the hot, dry, windy Mediterranean climate which is perfect for what these plants will endure, growing as if from a cliff side, in the hot city summers.
If you are wanting something fragrant for an open window at night, nicotiana (tobacco flower) puts its scent out only after dark. The short time it takes to care for the plants will reward with beauty and usefulness and serve as a connection with the processes of nature.
Copyright 2006, Lucy Raubertas, All Rights Reserved.
Images above from the Metroplitan Museum of Art