June 29, 2006

Aromatic Herbal Garden

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)
One way to  connect to this abundance and vigor is to grow herbs for aromatherapy and for the kitchen. From seed or in purchased grown in pot form, many greengrocers and farmers markets and garden nurseries can provide lavender, scented geraniums, thyme, rosemary, carnation, lemon balm, and various others that can be used in a multitude of ways for fragrance or to heighten the flavor of our food.

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


Kala said...

Thats interesting that Nicotiana only scents at night! You should write a book of all this information!

Edwin Sumun said...

I've always wanted to plant the tobacco flower in my garden but haven't found a nursery here that has it, nor the seeds.

yes, I agree with kala. you do write beautifully, no, passionately...

Lucy said...

Thank you Edwin, you are very kind. You can order plants online and have them shipped to you. I will be providing links to suppliers in the near future in my links section, once I put together some good sources. However, internationally it may be easier to look for links to nurseries in your own country, because of quarantine laws, etc.
Yes, Kala, I would eventually like to put this information together in a more organized way, probably in an internet venue, though if I got the chance a book someday is something to aim for!

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