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Herb of the week

By Lynn Kirkland

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Herb of the Week for 31st August
Say It With Flowers
By Lynn Kirkland

A rose by any other name is still a rose and a rose that has not yet been pruned can still be pruned but do it soon. Our old fashioned roses can be left unpruned or they can have the loppers and secateurs taken to them and be given a trim.
At the herb farm we are even digging up some and moving them to new spaces and these ones are getting a big trim.
The photo is of the rose “Seafoam” which is a prolific grower and bloomer and as the photo shows does not confine her blooming to the summer.
Seafoam has healthy foliage and creamy pink slightly fragrant flowers. This was taken this week and the late blooming is timely with Fathers Day on Sunday.
Men like to receive flowers too and what better flower to give Dad than a rose.
There are traditional meanings to flowers in the Language of Flowers and I think it is meaningful to add your own thoughts to any flower message you are giving.
This is what roses symbolise to me when I think of my Dad.
Like my Dad roses are strong survivors and with their flowers bring joy to all who meet them. Roses are symbols of love and gentleness and I am so blessed to have a Dad who has always been there for me.
Roses fit into the herbal world very well with uses fitting into the categories of culinary, healing, cosmetic as well as ornamental.
Perhaps buy your Dad a rose for Fathers Day or pick a late bloom to give to Dad with his breakfast in bed along with a card with a heartfelt message.
Love and thanks to my Dad and wishing all the Dads out there a very happy Fathers Day on Sunday.

Thanks lynn another great read.

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