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Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday shoot out....tastes and smells

I thought I would join in this week(you can see more here since we have the most wonderful frangrance around our place these days...
The Linden (or Lime) tree is in full bloom.
 It has been associated with fairness and justice in Celtic lore.
 It is said to have a calming effect.
 It was believed to cure epilepsy if you sat under it.
 It has many medicinal properties.
 To me it is the perfume of summer.
 In the middle of February I will scrub myself with a bar of linden flower soap and be transported back to a hot day in August.


Pauline said...

That's a terrific FSO. I've seen linden in hand cream but didn't know where it came from. Such pretty flowers! I've also wasted over half an hour reading back through your blog, remembering my trips to BC, the gift I bought in Coombes for one of my grand-daughters, the lady on the checkout in that "all sorts" store who recognised our accent and told us about how she'e come from NZ over 30 years ago and her life now. Loved Little Qualicum Falls, I think the water level was higher when I visited in spring. And dreaming about the best Hot Chocolate I have ever, ever tasted in Chemanus. Thanks for the memories. I will be back for more!

Ann said...

Linden perfume, how nice. My grand ma makes her own perfume with the magnolia michele flower.

Jama said...

The flowers are so pretty!and the smell must be heavenly.

NanU said...

Very interesting shootout. Great photos. I'll have to find some linden to smell, so I know what it's about!

Doreen said...

beautiful photos Kerry!! the smells walking through must be so wonderful.

farmlady said...

How lovely. A Linden tree is one I don't think I have ever seen or smelled. But, I must have when I was in Victoria. I probably didn't know to look for it. There were so many beautiful trees and flowers there.
I will have to look this tree up online because you have caught my curiosity.

GingerV said...

how wonderful that you joined us. I love your header photo or is it two different ones side by side?
you made me coureous (god I wish I could spell - with confidence) anyway - went to Google for more information on your flower "Tilia is a genus of about 30 species of trees, native throughout most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, in Asia (where the greatest species diversity is found), Europe and eastern North America; it is not native to western North America. Under the Cronquist classification system, this genus was placed in the family Tiliaceae, but genetic research by the APG has resulted in the incorporation of this family into the Malvaceae. They are generally called lime in Britain and linden or basswood in North America.

Tilia species are large deciduous trees, reaching typically 20 to 40 metres (70 to 100 ft) tall, with oblique-cordate leaves 6 to 20 centimetres (2 to 8 in) across, and are found through the north temperate regions. The exact number of species is subject to considerable uncertainty, as many or most of the species will hybridise readily, both in the wild and in cultivation."

but nothing about the flower... is it limony like the magnolia - or sweet or ....?
great post.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Your post was quite refreshing. Your photos are lovely and I enjoyed the information you provided with your post.

Brenda Stratton said...

As always Kerry...a lovely story with beautiful photo's. xxxb