An Herby Botanical Valentine

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With apologies to John Gerard…

Oh faire Rosemary,
There’s never enough thyme
To write fines valentines.
Oh rue the mind that’s dill not sage
And leaves undone this pot de fun.
Chive me knot for I mint well,
And woad you true, my savory one.
Ye are free to lovage you wish,
But please, a teas, do not be.
Celery be aligned?
Shallot be “yea” or “nay”?
Oh, essential, oil be so sorrel if ye say “non”
but bee balm if it be “oui”.

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About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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jenn February 15, 2006, 11:20 am

Oh, that’s fun!