FEBRUARY ~ from ‘The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady’
~One month is past , another has begun…..Hartley Coleridge
~ February bring no rain ‘Tis neither good for grass nor grain.
~ “In February, if thou hearest thunder,Thou shalt see a summer wonder”
~’ If Candlemas Day be fair & bright – Winter will have another flight – But if Candlemas Day be clouds & rain – Winter is gone & will not come again.’
How was your Candlemas Day / Groundhog day? It was indeed fair & bright here and today we are having a little bit more winter like weather – cool and rainy. Perfect weather for knitting and drinking tea.
Fair – Maids of February.
Many, many welcomes,
Ever as of old time,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid! ~ Lord Alfred Tennysen
Speaking of flowers…. some say the violet is the birth flower of February. According to ‘The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac’ the birthstone is Amethyst and the flower is Amaranth!? Hmm, now I have heard of Amaranth as bird seed and even a health food and flour alternative but not as a flower representing a month of the year.
It is said that the ancient gods wore wreaths of it ; and Milton in his Paradise Lost crowns angels with it. Its meaning to the ancients was Immortality or Unfading Love. ~ “The New England Butt’ry Shelf Almanac”
A quick google search led me here; http://flowerinfo.org/amaranth-flowers
The amaranth flower is a genus of roughly 60 species, which are all considered cosmopolitan. These annual herbs, which are native to North and South America, can grow between 1 to 6 feet in height, and are thought to be very long-lasting plants. This flower, which is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. Their colors range from the well-known crimson red, to purple and even golden hues. Amaranth are thought to be very hardy plants which are resistant to most diseases; however, they are susceptible to frost, and are best grown in warmer weather.
The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine……
The language of the VIOLET = Humility, modesty, devotion, faithfulness
The Lost Love ~
A violet by a mossy stone
Half-hidden from the eye!-
Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
One of my little violets with a Tasha Tudor drawing of a pretty bouquet of flower. From Tasha’s book ‘Rosemary for Remembrance’ . This picture and post will be the remembrance of the violet I accidentally plucked. I tried to pluck off the spent violets and this happened!
My handmade sachets contain both flowers that I have collected and dried with some that I purchase from my local health store. I like to include free sachets with a purchase from my etsy shops. The brooch in this photo was purchased from my vintage shop; soeleganlyvintage.etsy.com. This customer also purchased my PDF shawl pattern from my eleganlyhandmade.etsy.com shop.
The language of my sachets :
~ Lavender = Devotion, luck, housewifely virtue, acknowledgment
~ Pink Rose Petals = bashful love – love, victory,pride
~ Jasmine Petal = Grace, elegance, amiability
~ Rose (Attar) Geranium = Preference
The Language of Herbs
“Plants have a language of the creator intended for our translations” ~ Louis Agassiz
~From ‘A Basket of Herbs’ By Tasha Tudor and Mary Mason Campbell
She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
Who Hath Despised The Day OF Small Things?
As violets so be I recluse and sweet,
Cheerful as daisies unaccounted rare,
Still sunward-gazing from a lowly seat,
Still sweetening wintry air.
While half-awakened Spring lags incomplete,
While lofty forest trees tower bleak and bare,
Daisies and violets own remotest heat
And bloom and make them fair.
~ Christina Rossetti
I found this poem, along with more poems about the violet by Christina Rossetti Here:
My Lovely “Cottage Elegance Sweet Heart Valentines Day Berry Red Shawl” hand knit by me with cozy soft Vermont wool and Mohair yarn. I will offer this shawl on sale for the month of February – It is ready to ship. Enter coupon code 1TAKEJOY2015 at check out to receive 15 % off. OR……
It’s the perfect time of year to sit by the fire and knit your own shawl Tasha Tudor Style “Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” So it a lovely time to offer a SALE for my PDF PATTERN.
February PDF Pattern sale 20 % OFF enter coupon code ( starts with Numeral 1) = 1LOVE2016 at check.
I hope you are having a sweet start to the lovely month of February.
You can find many of the Tasha Tudor books I mention in this post at her family’s site. They also have tickets available to tour Tasha’s house and gardens:
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