Friday, March 30, 2012


The arrival of warmer weather, the promise of longer days and breezes of new beginnings come  with the unfolding of the forsythia flowers. 
In Chinese herbal medicine, the fruits, known as Lian Qiao, (Fructus Forsythia Suspensae) are used in formulas for clearing heat. The fruits are traditionally harvested in the Fall, they enter the channels of the Heart, the Liver and the Gallbladder. This herb is used in formulas to clear pathogenic heat toxins and wind heat symptoms. 

This flower is named after William Forsyth who was a Scottish botanist and a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society. 

This flower is symbolic of anticipation.

I took these pictures yesterday, it was a bit overcast so the yellow of the flowers really glow, they looked magical.

During my Spring cleaning, I found this little sweet proverb that my grandmother Isabelle had saved. It is very appropriate for the season.
' Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps.'
Amos Bronson Alcott (1868)

Happy Spring!

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