Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations

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How did the Christmas Rose get its name? What about the Star of Bethlehem, Lady's Slipper and Rose of Sharon? Since medieval times, flowers have taken their names from the virtues of Mary, or events in her life. Learn the legends that fostered such names, and their biblical origins. Spend time with the meditations they inspire. Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations is a treasury of botanical history and lore. Thirty beautiful illustrations based on medieval woodcuts bring each bloom to colorful life. ...
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How did the Christmas Rose get its name? What about the Star of Bethlehem, Lady's Slipper and Rose of Sharon? Since medieval times, flowers have taken their names from the virtues of Mary, or events in her life. Learn the legends that fostered such names, and their biblical origins. Spend time with the meditations they inspire. Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations is a treasury of botanical history and lore. Thirty beautiful illustrations based on medieval woodcuts bring each bloom to colorful life. Even if you don't plant a Mary garden of your own, you will find a virtual Eden within. Visit awhile with these pages and keep company with Mary.
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Leaven
This would be a winner gift for someone devoted to flowers and Mary.—Wheat Ridge, CO
National Catholic Reporter
For inspiration, [gardeners] might consult the very lovely Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations.
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Queen of all Hearts
...this book can best be described as a worthy floral bouquet to the Mother of God for the Third Millenium.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867163490
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword viii
Introduction 1
Part 1 Mary's Gold: A History of Flower Legends and Names 11
Legends Honor Mary 14
Plants Named After Mary 16
Mary in Medieval Life 18
Mary, Roses and the Rosary 21
Part 2 Mary's Flowers and Their Legends 25
Flowers of the Annunciation
Madonna Lily 26
Violet 30
Flowers of the Visitation
Columbine 34
Flowers of the Nativity
Our Lady's Bedstraw 38
Carnation 42
Christmas Rose 46
Oxeye Daisy 50
Star of Bethlehem 54
Thistle 58
Flowers of the Presentation
Snowdrop 62
Jerusalem Cowslip 66
Flowers of the Flight Into Egypt
Clematis 70
Rosemary 74
Juniper 78
Germander Speedwell 82
Rose of Jericho 86
Sea-Pink 90
Flowers of the Maternity of Mary
Forget-me-not 94
Yellow Lady Slipper 98
Fuchsia 102
Strawberry 106
Cuckoo Flower 110
Flowers of Mary the Homemaker
Harebell 114
Lavender 118
Marigold 122
Flowers of Mary at the Cross
Lily of the Valley 126
Flowers in Mary's Tomb
Roses and Lilies 130
Flowers of Devotion Rewarded
Our Lady's Rose 134
Fleur-de-Lis 138
Scotch Rose 142
Part 3 Mary Gardens 146
Your Personal Mary Garden 149
Plants for the First-time Mary Gardener 150
Plants for a Herbal Mary Garden 151
Indoor Mary Gardens 151
Five Mary Gardens 152
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 153
Annapolis, Maryland 154
Dayton, Ohio 154
Portage, Michigan 155
Cincinnati, Ohio 155
Blessing the Mary Garden 156
Appendix
Our Lady's Birthday Flower and Other Plants Named After Mary 159
Mary's Attributes 160
Mary's Life 162
Mary's Features 165
Mary's Garments 166
In Mary's Household 168
In Mary's Garden 171
Mary's Roses 173
Bibliography 174
Index 178
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