Cur moriatur homo cui salvia crescit in horto? (Why should a man die who has sage growing in his garden?) This much-quoted Latin adage is from the famous medieval didactic poem on maintaining good health, the Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum. (Salerno was the site of the first lay school of medicine in Europe. See the National Library of Medicine website for more about Salerno.) The proverb is one of many examples linking sage and longevity, e.g., the old English saw “He who would live for aye must eat sage in May.” The name salvia is derived from the Latin verb salvere, or “to save,” another tribute to its medicinal virtue.(http://blog.metmuseum.org/cloistersgardens/2010/09/07/salvia-save-us/)
Garden has a strong symbolic meaning in our culture. Growing a garden, having a prosperous garden, planting a new garden, watering a garden-always with this second meaning of something growing, from good ideas, work well done and up to our health.
But do we plant our symbolic gardens after realistic templates, or do they grow out of our imagination? And do we plant our real gardens after the laws of botany or under the influence of our imaginative gardens of our inner word?
I for myself am happy to have my own imaginative garden .It is a landscape I don’t have to water, but I do have to take care after plants there.Yet it pays out, whenever do I need some peace I escape into this garden of my inner world.There I paint flowers for myself, I hear birds singing in high trees, I rest in shadow of an old ginkgo, I walk under old oaks, I make bouquets from imaginative flowers not yet seen by nobody.I think a lot, sitting near pond with little frogs and I smell jasmine, first roses and lilac, sometimes I read a book there.There I can walk among sweet memories from my childhood and there I can meet people so heavily missed in my everyday life.
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