Before spring opens the many buds at My Botanical Garden there is some time to enjoy Strauss music.Comic love affairs and roses were triumphant at the premiere, even if Strauss used Waltzes, not fashionable at that time. Der Rosenkavalier is part of the standard repertory even today, 103 years after it was first performed at La Scala. Is it for the comedy of human characters or the beauty of roses? Have a look and decide by yourselves…….
Laurus nobilis, bay laurel, is what Mediterranean summers smell like. Dark green leaves shine under hot sun and make deep shadow. Each August I make bay bouquets for my friends to bring some summer memories into their kitchens. A bay leaf in winter casserole is like a sunshine hello, not only from summer holidays, but even from far countries like antique Greece. This is why laurel is to be respected, for its story is old and picturesque, aromatic and unique. It became part of Ovid’s Metamorphoses as an Apollo and Daphne myth.What a destiny to turn a beautiful girl into a laurel bush! Or what a privilege?
Antonio del Pollaiolo: Apollo and Daphne, from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antonio_del_Pollaiolo_Apollo_and_Daphne.jpg
Seeing that Apollo was bound to catch her, she called upon her father, “Help me, Peneus! Open the earth to enclose me, or change my form, which has brought me into this danger!”Suddenly, her skin turned into bark, her hair became leaves, and her arms were transformed into branches. She stopped running as her feet became rooted to the ground. Apollo embraced the branches, but even the branches shrank away from him. Since Apollo could no longer take her as his wife, he vowed to tend her as his tree, and promised that her leaves would decorate the heads of leaders as crowns, and that her leaves were also to be depicted on weapons. Apollo also used his powers of eternal youth and immortality to render her ever green. Since then, the leaves of the Bay laurel tree have never known decay. from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_and_Daphne
Originally posted on Canadian Museum of Nature - Blog:
Gros Noir d’Hiver is another name for winter radish. Can you imagine that among the hobbies of nobleman at the French court was breeding ? In botanical sense, of course? And even more weird, the plant they were interested in was a simple winter radish they named many aristocratic names? French revolution of course didn’t have inclination for such frivolities and so we can eat only simple winter radish now. Which relates us to the Egiptian workmen on pyramids, in a sense, as radishes were their food, too. Herodotus wrote about it ,leaving the question how similar to the slaves are we today up to us……
Citation: Many noblemen in the French court bred different varieties, so many types of radishes had aristocratic names. In the fallout of the French Revolution these names were dropped, causing even more confusion when trying to trace how certain modern radishes are related to the older ones. from: http://academics.hamilton.edu/foodforthought/Our_Research_files/radishes.pdf
On the pyramid it is declared in Egyptian writing how much was spent on radishes and onions and leeks for the workmen, and if I rightly remember that which the interpreter said in reading to me this inscription, a sum of one thousand six hundred talents of silver was spent; and if this is so, how much besides is likely to have been expended upon the iron with which they worked, and upon bread and clothing for the workmen, seeing that they were building the works for the time which has been mentioned and were occupied for no small time besides, as I suppose, in the cutting and bringing of the stones and in working at the excavation under the ground?
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