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NaBloPoMo 26. Fragrant Herbs, Spring Gardens, and Newly Mowed Grass

This photo theme, “Fragrant,” comes from Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack?

I love the fragrance of herbs being chopped and readied for Thanksgiving dinner. Umm. Sage and rosemary dressing. Parsley potatoes. Minted peas. Yum. Can’t wait until Thursday for the big feast.

Getting ready for Thanksgiving...Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme

Getting ready for Thanksgiving…Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme

These herbs reminded me of another occasion where herbs became part of the centerpiece: a wedding shower.  Ten-year-old Maddie, my great-niece, designed labels with names and meanings for the herb centerpieces at the dessert table and at each guest table.

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  • Rose: love and devotion
  • Marjoram: joy and happiness
  • Lavender: love and devotion
  • Sage: domestic virtue
  • Rosemary: remembrance

You can read more about flower and herb symbolic meanings here: Victorian Bazaar: Language of Flowers

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At the wedding shower, the bridal party, families, and guests ate delicate sandwiches and dainty desserts and drank mint tea from proper English tea cups. The children, practicing their best manners, enjoyed the tea and goodies, too.

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Afterwards, the nieces and nephews went outside to check the possibilities for play, leaving the adults to linger over tea and conversation.

The kids found a community garden which the neighbors had recently begun to prep for spring planting. Umm. Interesting, earthy fragrance, but not much fun.

Freshly dug earth smells fragrant in the early spring.

Freshly dug earth smells fragrant in the early spring.

The smells from the screened compost bin adds to the hearty aroma in the air.

The smells from the screened compost bin add to the hearty aroma in the air.

Ah, but here’s the fun. Rolling down hill in the newly mowed grass.

What could be more fun than this?

What could be more fun than this?

The Last Meow.

Shhh. Zen kitty here.

Please. I am contemplating the beautiful fragrance of the garden of which I am master. Hope, gladness, and peace. fill my spirit and rejuvenate me.  Come join me.

Zen Kitty, photo Stephen Z.

Zen Kitty, photo Stephen Z.

Meow for now, and Happy Thanksgiving. =^;^=

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2 thoughts on “NaBloPoMo 26. Fragrant Herbs, Spring Gardens, and Newly Mowed Grass

  1. I love the smell of fresh herbs and new-mown grass too.

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