Faire May

Welcome be thou,                                                                                                                                            faire, fresshe May.                                                                                                                                               ~ Geoffrey Chaucervi

Faire May Happy May Day may blossoms spring gardening in my Tasha Tudor style herb garden elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

The african violets are in bloom ….. again.

African violet

May is the month we plant the garden – ‘ A Time to Keep ‘ ~ By Tasha Tudor

May Day A time to plant Garden where you are Tasha Tudor inspired herb garden

Tasha Tudor inspired patio herb garden.

Has the weather allowed you to start your garden? I have indeed started my patio, Tasha Tudor inspired, patio herb garden.  My basil, rosemary and oregano that has loved a very pampered life succumbed to what – to hot then cold?? They were quite productive living about three years!

 

Happy May Day  ~ Melissa

All content and photographs copyright 2017 By Melissa O’Connor

Fair- Maids of February

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 Poetry Lord Alfred Tennyson The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Elegantlyhandmade,woedpress.com

Fair – Maids of February.
Snow drops.

The Snowdrops

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
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”

Amaranth Flower

Amaranth Flower

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

Fair maids of February Valentines Day February Day flowers Poetry of February elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

Violets

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.

~William Wordsworth

Rosemary for Remembrance Victorian language of flowers William Wordsworth The lost love poetry Tasha Tudor Valentines elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

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!

The Victorian Language of flowers Violets Rose geranium lavender jasmine calendula poetry Christina Rossetti American violet society elegnatlyhandmade.wordpress.com

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

 

 Poetry Violets language of flowers elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com Tasha Tudor language of flowers elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

She was as sweet as violets in the spring…..
~Christina Rossetti

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:
Sweet Heart Valentines Day Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool mohair Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

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.

Tasha Tudor style hand knit shawl pattern sale elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com Valentines day Fevuary Sweet Heart sale

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.

~Melissa

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:

Tashatudorandgfamily.com

~All contents, photographs, are copyright@2016 by Melissa O’Connor

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