Perhaps #10 in a decade old Botany of Christmas serial (- I’ll review previous Botany of Christmas contributions in The Adelaide Review at some point to provide an accurate number). What’s the most evocative smell of Christmas? Perhaps roasting meats but the smell you’d choose to bottle is more likely to be of Christmas […]Read more "Christmas gin & other botanicals – following the scent of Christmas"
In Christmas’s past we’ve explored almonds and marzipan, sugar and glace fruits, frankincense and myrrh, Christmas trees and the rather gothic interpretations of Santa and his flying reindeer. For this Christmas Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, a rare celebration of economic botany, provides the botany of Christmas.Read more "Tchaikovsky’s tribute to economic botany"
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2: 10-11 KJV.Read more "Gold, Frankincense And Myrrh – the Botany of Christmas"
While neither glacé fruits nor marzipan can claim the miracle or the powerful symbolism owned by the poinsettia gracing the same Christmas table, they’ve more than earned their place as edible table decorations.Read more "Remarkable & Mysterious: The Botany of Christmas"
The ready availability and low cost of sugar today obscures the scarcity of sugar in ancient civilisations.Read more "Sweetness and light: the pursuit of happiness"
A must for any Gothic garden should be the Indian tiger tree…Read more "Christmas & Gothic gardening"