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Nov 22, 2018 5:23 PM CST
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Just for fun. Smiling I love history and reading...and plants! The idea popped into my head today to start a thread where I post a question about a plant's place in history, folklore, literature, etc. Feel free to join me and post your own plant related trivia questions too!

First question: From what plant did the House of Plantagenet derive its name?
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Nov 23, 2018 1:37 PM CST
Name: seil
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Ok, I'll give it a try. With a quick google, I think it came from the broom flower?
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Nov 23, 2018 3:18 PM CST
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You are correct! Hurray! I just learned about it myself. Found out about it first from Edith Holden's County Diary of an Edwardian Lady, then came across a reference in Sir Walter Scott's the Talisman, which I am currently reading: " Thou sayest Richard is hasty and proud—thou shalt see him humble himself like the lowly broom-plant from which he derives his surname."
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Nov 23, 2018 4:19 PM CST
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Ok ..here a quick one ... peonies have been around thru early history in China. What does the peony represent?
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Nov 23, 2018 5:16 PM CST
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It seems to have a number of meanings in the language of flowers, including bashfulness, riches, and honor! Had to google it Hilarious!
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Nov 23, 2018 5:19 PM CST
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Forgot to mention that the common broom plant was called planta genista in medieval Latin, hence the name Plantagenet!
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Nov 23, 2018 5:48 PM CST
Name: Bea
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That's right Joanna..
I had to look it up too!

Common peony meanings include romance, prosperity, good fortune, a happy marriage, riches, honor, and compassion — but peonies can also mean bashfulness. There are two common myths about the peony. In one, the peony is believed to be named after Paeon, the Greek physician of the gods.

I like tree peonies they live hundreds of years. And the flowers are bigger than any dahlia . My Tree peony flower is bigger than my shelties head! And he has a pretty big head since he's the BOSS of the whole place! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 23, 2018 8:02 PM CST
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Aww I love the picture of your sheltie with the tree peony! I used to have a sheltie. Sweet dogs! Lovey dubby
I believe I read somewhere that at one time only the Chinese emperor was allowed to have Tree peonies in his garden.
Speaking of Tree peonies brings to mind a hilarious typo I found once in a catalog...in a description of a Tree peony, speaking of its longevity, they said that it would be cherished by your ANCESTORS for generations to come! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 23, 2018 8:15 PM CST
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Sorry I keep going back and forth on subjects, but I just remembered there is another reference in The Talisman about the Broom plant! Sorry, I get so excited when I find things like this tucked into literature! Hilarious!

"It was not long ere the King of England was brought on the carpet by the jester, who had been accustomed to consider Dickon of the Broom (which irreverent epithet he substituted for Richard Plantagenet) as a subject of mirth, acceptable and inexhaustible. The orator, indeed, was silent, and it was only when applied to by Conrade that he observed, "The GENISTA, or broom-plant, was an emblem of humility; and it would be well when those who wore it would remember the warning."
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Nov 23, 2018 8:38 PM CST
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What famous nursery rhyme has held it's place in history since the 1700's is most memorable on Valentine's Day ?
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Nov 23, 2018 9:24 PM CST
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Ok I was totally mystified about this one at first, but suddenly "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue..." started going through my head. I knew nothing about the history of this rhyme so I googled it and it was written in 1784! Is it the one? This is fun! Thumbs up
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Nov 24, 2018 7:05 AM CST
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What is the flower referred to in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as a "little Western flower", and used as a love potion?
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Nov 24, 2018 8:36 AM CST
Name: Sharon Rose
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I am going with one of my favorite flowers! Is it a Pansy or known as a Viola tricolor? The Greeks used it for herbal medicine, but Shakespeare used it for romance. Lovey dubby

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I have enjoyed reading this...inspired me to do some extra research. Keep up the good work Thumbs up

Many blessings for your continued success!
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Nov 24, 2018 10:58 AM CST
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Viola tricolor it is! The little Johnny-Jump-Up or Heartsease (it has countless other names too).

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Nov 24, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Name: Gina
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Fascinating thread! I started researching floriograghy several years ago when I was making a lot of Victorian jewelry.
Here is one:
What was the original purpose of the nosegay?
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Nov 24, 2018 2:07 PM CST
Name: seil
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Nose gays were used to mask rather pungent personal odors in the Middle Ages when hygiene wasn't very good. Later they were given as small gifts.
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Nov 24, 2018 4:54 PM CST
Name: Bea
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Who was the famous queen that sachets were designed for, a famous French queen who had a passion for fragrant flowers and clothing?
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Nov 24, 2018 8:22 PM CST
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I want to say Empress Josephine, but that has to be wrong!
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Nov 24, 2018 8:32 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Queen Marie Antoinette?
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Nov 25, 2018 2:26 PM CST
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What plant is referred to in these lines from Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha?

"Wheresoe'er they tread, beneath them
Springs a flower unknown among us,
Springs the White-man's Foot in blossom."
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