aries : poppy, thistle, fern
taurus : daisy, dandelion, lily
gemini : tansy, yarrow, privet
cancer : water lilies, rushes
leo : sunflowers, chamomile, lavender
virgo : wintergreen, sage, privet
libra : pansy, primrose, violet, strawberry
scorpio : root vegetables, black poppy, hemlock
sagittarius : asparagus, chestnuts, soybeans
capricorn : hemlock, black poppy, burdock root
aquarius : dandelions, resins of frankincense and myrrh
pisces : mosses, ferns, seaweed
I have tied red thread round the bairns’ throats, and given ilk ane of them a ride-wand of rowan-tree, forbye sewing up a slip of witch-elm into their doublets; and I wish to know of your reverance if there be onything mair that a lone woman can do in the matter of ghosts and fairies?—be here! that I should have named
their unlucky names twice ower!
i told my aunt i didn’t think i had a green thumb but she said it’s in my blood. she told me to plant mint in pots, never trust ivy, and beware of daylilies because they want to live everywhere.
i may be a descendent of great plant tamers, but i will never grow any garden as beautiful as my grandparents’ enchanted backyard in baton rouge. a southern jungle drenched in tropical hues, ferns and snapdragons and murky birdbath waters hidden secret behind brick walls so high they kissed clouds. every surface dancing with princess jewel wings. once a butterfly landed on my nose (at least i thought it did). i learned to love dragonflies in that garden. i learned how to lick the sweet syrup from honeysuckles