Have you heard of a Mary Garden? I just came across this fascinating article on the history of gardens teeming with flowers that all have associations with the Virgin Mary, and I can't wait to learn more. Here are some historical tidbits before you click over and read the whole thing:
For those of you wondering how to start a Mary garden in your home or Catholic churchyard, here's a beautifully listed floral inventory to get you started:
Think about her life: The Bethlehem Star (Bellflower), the Christmas Flower (Poinsettia), Lady's Bedstraw (Dianthus - Mary used bedstraw to prepare a bed for Jesus), the Epiphany flower (Chrysanthemum), the Flight into Egypt (Fig Tree - legend says that the Holy Family ate the fruit of this tree during their flight into Egypt), Our Lady's Tears (Lily of the Valley - tiny white nodding bell-shaped flowers can be likened to a train of tears), Our Lady's Tresses (Asparagus Fern - legend holds that at the foot of the cross, Mary, in. deep agony, tore out a tress of her hair which Saint John preserved), Mary's Bitter Sorrow (Dandelion), and the Assumption (Hosta - Plantation Lily blooms at the time of the Feast of the Assumption)."
Do you have plants in your garden that have religious significance? I know there are flowers associated with various Catholic saints, but I wonder if other faiths have similar floral connections? Or, are there plants (like my New Dawn rose) that have spiritual--but not religious--meaning to you?