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Plant Lore

  • The Night of the fairies
    • Also known as Beltane and Walpurgis Night, the festival of May Eve takes place midway between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.  In Ireland, this is the time of year when the invisible fairies are in a celebratory mood, and they dance to the music of fairy pipes all through the night.  According to folklore, the only way to see the fairies is to carry a primrose and pick at them over its petals.  If you don't want fairies in your house on this magical night (they're known to be mischievous), scatter primroses in front of your door.  The fairies won't come in, for fear of being seen.
  • Let's all go a-
    • A favorite May herb is the English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata), also called may, a shrub that blooms with white flowers at this time of year.  For many it is sacred, perhaps from the tradition that Christ's crown of thorns was made form its branches.  It takes its name from the German word for hedge (hage), because the Germans used the thorny shrub to divide their fields:  its flowers were gathered for May Day celebrations.  Since the 1700's the herb has been used as a cardiac tonic, to regulate blood pressure and to treat coronary insufficiency (the weakening of the heart muscle due to aging).
 
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