Geranium or Pelargonium?

Crane, Heron, and Stork. Three large aquatic birds with long legs, a feathery crest, and an impressive beak. The resemblance of the seed pods to the bird is what made the naturalists and biologists name the family Geraniaceae and divide them into three genera: Geraniums (geranós:  crane in Greek), Erodiums (erodiós:  heron in Greek) and Pelargoniums (pelargós: stork in Greek). These…

Her Majesty Jasmine

Her Majesty Jasmine. The perfumer Edmond Roudnitska said once that “if Rose is the queen of the flowers, Jasmine is the queen of the fragrances.” Thanks to you, Grasse, in South of France, metamorphosed from a filthy and stinky leather tanning town to the world’s  capital of perfume. The Moors, who discovered you in South…

Immortelle

Immortelle. Neither a harsh winter nor years of storage in a closet will alter your golden charm. You are the everlasting flower; you are “Immortelle.” A true present of the Gods to the people for healing wounds, joint pains, skin and lungs issues, you are also nurturing, calming, harmonizing and grounding, reducing apprehension, irritability, and mental…

Rose or Amber?

Sticky Rockrose. You are a tough little shrub, bearing extreme summer droughts and the cold Mediterranean winter. Year after year, your courage and persistence made you gain more territory, at the expense of other species. Your fragrant resinous exudate has been valued since the Ancient times for soothing coughs, reducing menstrual pains and especially for their mind…

Myrrha’s Tears

Inconsolable Myrrha. Your life should have been bright and happy, as a Goddess you were. Was it a spell of the malevolent Aphrodite or your tormented mind that made you commit the irreparable fault? No one knows… An evening of festivities, you attracted your father Cinyras in a dark alcove and had an intercourse with him, as…