Monday, 29 February 2016

Rosemary For Remembrance

"There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember; and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts.There’s fennel for you, and columbines; there’s rue for you, and here’s some for me; we may call it herb of grace o’ Sundays. O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy. I would give you some violets"  

Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5

When Ophelia loses her mind, she begins handing out flowers to everyone around her and talks about the symbolic meaning of those particular flowers. Among them there is Rosemary, this herb has been linked to memory for hundreds of years, but its also symbol of love and remembrance, and is frequently used at at both weddings and funerals.

It was customary at one time, for the bride and groom to plant rosemary near the door of their new home on their wedding day.

​ However, the old saying 

"where rosemary flourished, the woman ruled"

may have seen more than a few husbands uprooting the plant, after all, it was he who was wearing the trousers, wasn't it?

More on this subject can be found on my website 

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