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Honeysuckle Lore

Whenever we hear the word honeysuckle we naturally think of a lovely fragrant vine, with flowers of white, yellow, pink to purple, or scarlet hue. The early name of this plant was “Woodbine,” and this is still used in some localities. Honeysuckle, native to the Northern Hemisphere, grows in Europe, Asia, and North America; it has 175 species, and about

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Lily Lore

COMMON NAME:  lily GENUS:  Lilium SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: Many of the 200 species of lilies are native to the United States. Plant breeders have done extensive hybridization work on the lilies to make them hardy and free flowering. Lilies are now available in every color except blue. FAMILY:  Liliaceae BLOOMS:  late spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Lilies are one of the

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Crocus Lore

COMMON NAME:  Crocus GENUS:  Crocus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: Blue; C. biflorus, C. imperati, C. siebert, C. tomasinianus, C. versicolor; yellow: C. aureus, C. chrysanthus, C. korolkowii, C. sulphureus concolor, C. susianus; white: C. fleischeri, C. laevigatus, C. speciosus {fall}. Dutch crocus cultivars-blue: Enchantress, Pickwick, Queen of the Blues, Remembrance, Striped Beauty; white: Jeanne d’Arc, Peter Pan, Snowstorm; yellow: Golden Yellow,

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Winter Tree Lore

ELDER (Sambucus spp.) – The Latin name Sambucus is derived from a Greek word for a wind instrument made from the elder. Also known as Ellhorn, Elderberry, Lady Elder. Sacred to the White Lady and Midsummer Solstice. The Druids used it to both bless and curse. Standing under an elder tree at Midsummer, like standing in a Fairy Ring of mushrooms, will help you

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Lore of the Christmas Rose

COMMON NAME:  Christmas Rose GENUS:  Helleborus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: H. niger “Angustifolius”-small flowering, pure white form. H.n. “Praecox”-blooms September-February. H.n. “Major,” H.n. “Multiflorus”-smaller flowers. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS: Winter TYPE: Perennial DESCRIPTION: This plant, which grows to a height of 12 to 8 inches, has interesting evergreen leaves that are slightly toothed and divided into seven to nine leaflets. The large white

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Medicinal Herbs: Arnica

Arnica {Arnica montana} Arnica has been an important topical healing herb since the 15th century. It is a member of the large and varied Asteraceae, or Composite family, along with sunflowers, daisies, lettuce, and chicory. This perennial herb originated in the mountains of Europe and Siberia and is now widely cultivated in North America. The plant’s genus name derives from

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The Mystique and Lore of Sapphire’s

Amulets, Talismans, and Religious Beliefs Sapphires figure prominently in numerous beliefs and traditions, both past and present.  For centuries, sapphires have been used for alchemy, magic, healing rituals, and astrological prognostication. Early priests and scholars believed that precious gemstones, including sapphires, had specific “virtues” that could be used to benefit man if their powers were properly harnessed. According to legend, Helen

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A Preliminary Analysis of the Botany, Zoology, and Mineralogy of the Voynich Manuscript

Author of Mysterious Voynich Manuscript Was Italian Jew, Says Scholar. The Guardian. July 5, 2017. The author of the Voynich manuscript, a 15th-century codex written in an indecipherable script that has baffled scholars and code-breakers for years, has been identified by an expert as a Jewish physician based in northern Italy.

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