Monday, 2 May 2011
A Tudor use for Bluebells...
Here is this year's showing of bluebells behind Queen Charlotte's Cottage in Kew Gardens, where the wood is a haze of blue. The bluebells have come out a little early this year, and by the time I write this, they may almost be over. It has been a dry spring. Looking up bluebells in my flower book, I found that bluebells are only native to the lands fringing the Atlantic, so they were unknown to early botanists in the Greek and Mediterranean world. The bluebell is native to Britain, but it's not mentioned much in early herbals because of the early herbalists modelling their work on classical writings.
Tomorrow, technology permitting, I am blogging at the Harlequin Historical Author Blog speculating on what (other than bread) might have been cooked in a Tudor bread oven.