By Pat Greathead
Did you get all of the herbs correct in the Holiday Herbs Word Scramble posted on Christmas Day? Below are the answers to the scramble along with some of the symbolism associated with each of these herbs.
The winner of the Word Scramble Contest is Belinda Renno of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Belinda posted her correct answers on December 25th at 7:44AM. Congratulations to Belinda! She will receive a nice assortment of gift items from The Herb Society of America’s Thyme and Again Gift Shoppe. Belinda says she enjoys gardening and reading the HSA blog.
Now….here are the answers to the Holiday Herb Word Scramble and their associated meanings.
- neip – pine – pity
- sabli – basil – love, good wishes
- decra – cedar – strength
- eru – rue – disdain, grace, clear vision
- wye – yew – sorrow
- esor – rose – love
- yiv – ivy – fidelity, marriage, I have one true heart
- gaes – sage – esteem, wisdom, immortality
- intm – mint – virtue, warmth of feeling
- aby – bay – success, glory
- lolyh – holly – foresight
- mtyhe – thyme – courage, activity
- yaeplsr – parsley – friendship, gratitude
- eacitts – statice – never ceasing remembrance
- yamtscor – costmary – fidelity
- dalgmiro – marigold – grief, contempt, jealousy, disdain
- lemtry – myrtle – love, peace and prosperity
- sepycrs – cypress – death, mourning
- ooxbodw – boxwood – stoicism
- tteeilosm – mistletoe – I surmount difficulties
- smorreay – rosemary – remembrance, love
- mowwdroo – wormwood – safe travels, absence
- aalldnceu – calendula – health
- jamorram – marjoram – happiness, blushes, joy
- tlaanions – santolina – great virtue, avoids evil
The herb meanings come from two classic books, which are available online.
Mayo, Sarah C Edgarton. The flower vase; containing the language of flowers, and their poetic sentiment. 1850. Available at https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101068142429&view=1up&seq=159
Greenaway, Kate. Language of Flowers. 1846-1901. Available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31591/31591-h/31591-h.htm
Happy New Year to all of our blog readers.
Pat Greathead is a very active Life Member of The Herb Society of America and the Wisconsin Unit. She gardens in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
I had to call upon a friend for 2 of them then palm slapped my head for the agony of trying! Good challenge since I love words! AND LOVE HERBS! Thanks!
Thanks! That was fun. I was stumped by a few of them (14, 18, 25) but enjoyed the challenge.
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