Lavender Soap

Written by Judi Singleton

Lavender is a traditional cottage garden plant. Its gray-green spikes of foliage and purple flowers provide color all year. Sincerepparttar Middle Ages,repparttar 146442 dried flowers have been one ofrepparttar 146443 main ingredients of potpourri. Fresh sprigs are included in herbal bunches known as tussie mussies, which have been used for hundreds of years to mask unpleasant odors and ward off illness. Today, "talking bouquets" give new meaning torepparttar 146444 popular phrase, "Say it with flowers." A tussie-mussie or word poesy is a small circular nosegay of flowers and herbs, tightly gathered and designed to carry a special message inrepparttar 146445 language of flowers. The traditional tussie-mussie is composed of fragrant herbs surrounding one central flower, a rose.The language of flowers spansrepparttar 146446 world ofrepparttar 146447 ancients from Greece and Turkey torepparttar 146448 Aztecs of South and Central America.

In England during Elizabethan times, judges carried tussie-mussies into their courtrooms to protect against "gaol fever." Today judges at England's highest court,repparttar 146449 Old Bailey, celebrate this tradition by carrying a tussie-mussie into court six times a year. Duringrepparttar 146450 Victorian era tussie-mussies were carried close torepparttar 146451 nose to ward offrepparttar 146452 stench inrepparttar 146453 streets andrepparttar 146454 plague and were composed primarily of scented herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and rue. The age-old custom of strewing pungent herbs onrepparttar 146455 floors of homes was thought to protectrepparttar 146456 gentlefolk from germs and provide herbal fragrances - early aromatherapy.

The Victorians also turned flower giving into an art. It was common practice atrepparttar 146457 beginning of a courtship for suitors to give their intended a tussie-musssie. Floriography,repparttar 146458 art of sending messages by flowers, brought a new dimension to tussie-mussies. Dozens of floral dictionaries were published listingrepparttar 146459 meanings of each flower and herb. The symbolic meanings were adapted from classical mythology, religious symbolism, ancient lore, and a bit of creativity onrepparttar 146460 part ofrepparttar 146461 floral designer. The study of botany andrepparttar 146462 discovery of new plants from all overrepparttar 146463 world brought new and exciting ideas to this language of flowers.


The plant may grow to a height of 3 feet, but there are dwarf forms for edging which reach only about 10 inches. The stems are thick and woody, and become straggly if left unpruned. The leaves are long, spiky, and very narrow, and branch out nearrepparttar 146464 ground. To keep lavenders beautiful year after year, prune them in early spring or fall, or at harvest. Low growing varieties should be cut back 1 to 2-inches. Taller varieties (3 to 4-feet in height) should be pruned back to approximately one-third of their height. Pruning helps to keep these plants from becoming very woody. The Sunset Western Garden Book recommends beginningrepparttar 146465 pruning regime duringrepparttar 146466 second year's growth. The tiny tubular flowers are Learn to grow, harvest and maintain beautiful lavender plants. This booklet also shows you how to cook with lavender and use your harvest to prepare simple medicines, in crafts, and to make fragrant potpourri.

What is Scrapbooking?

Written by Edward Santosh

What is Scrapbooking?

Do you remember those days as a kid pasting newspaper clippings onto paper and bundling dozens of papers together with some fancy ribbon or a string? Do you also remember all of your hard work falling apart two months later?

Now there's a grown up way to save and preserve your treasures: Scrapbooking.

The concept behind scrapbooking hasn't changed since grade school. You can still place photographs, newspaper clippings, poems, and tickets into your scrapbook to display and preserve your memories.

However, scrapbooking techniques and tools have matured substantially since you were a kid. Scrapbooking albums have replacedrepparttar messy bundles of paper. These albums are generally bound or placed in a three-ring binder. In this way, your hard work won't fall apart. Furthermore, new specialized covers allow protection fromrepparttar 146161 outside elements.

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