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This is a nostalgic post as only happens to those of a certain age.

Nowadays at the end of winter you go to a garden, spend a little money and come back with flowers, ready, practically destined to live that much.

Once upon a time not, once upon a time in the gardens of houses and if possible also of cities there could not be a lack of some plants, which were exchanged between neighbours, some were better able to grow one thing, some the other, and each flower often had a reason for being there .

Today I present to you some of those that I managed to save from the abandoned ruins, here where I live and because they were not missing in the gardens until a few years ago.

Certainly the Rose , obviously the syrup one here>>> which I have already spoken about in detail, both pink and red.

The Lady's Wort , the Sedum telephium, here I have always seen the one with pink flowers, but I know that there is also white.

A study was carried out on this plant, in its different varieties, by the Universities of Florence and Pisa, following some experiences of a certain doctor. Balatri of the San Giovanni di Dio Hospital in Florence who confirmed its exceptional properties in cases of ulcers, gyrations, abscesses, dermatitis, burns and also in promoting the escape of subcutaneous foreign bodies, as popular tradition already knew.

The use of fresh leaves, peeled from the lower surface applied directly or chopped has always been used, for example, to treat fingernails.

The article dedicated to this plant where you will find Dr.'s PDF. Balatri: here

Another sedum, the Sedum sieboldii , the Erba Teresina , so called because it flowers in October, on the anniversary of Saint Teresa of Avila

The Bergenia, Bergenia crassifolia , with large fleshy leaves which at the end of winter in warm places, here not before April, formed the borders of these gardens with its pink flowers, but the women of the past kept this plant a secret among themselves was used for vaginal irrigations to treat inflammation and irritation of the vaginal cavity in general.

And who knew prepared a concentrated extract by boiling rhizomes and roots...

The wonderful Lilac , Syringa vulgaris , here with its overbearing scent heralds spring.

But how many still remember that it is a healing plant for heart problems and hypertension? and how does the fragrant oleolite made with the flowers help with rheumatic pain and leg swelling due to the summer heat?

Nearby the precious Calicanto , Chimonanthus praecox , because even winter wants its flower and its perfume, find everything about it here>>>

The Periwinkle , Vinca minor , here is the post, ground cover, which was the first to give its blue flowers, apart from being used for love potions, although toxic, its great properties are still recognized today in the treatment of hypertension and the mechanism for which it works makes it a beneficial plant "for brain health"

The simple Marigold , Tagetes patula, which many know uses in gardens and vegetable gardens to fight parasites and fungi but who have forgotten that the same was used for us, its essential oil is a good antifungal, useful in the case of mosquitoes and in lice shampoo and also contains small amounts of antibiotic... not at all also known as Mexican Marigold.

So we couldn't miss the Marigold , Calendula officinalis , to learn more here , the incredible soothing properties on the skin of the oleolith, made with its orange corollas, especially in small children for diaper rash, but also the infusion, a home remedy to regulate the cycle and hence its popular name "Maria's gold", while that of Marigold seems to be given by the fact that it flowers almost all year round on the first day of each month

Among the annuals, always present are Asters, Zinnias, Cosmeas, Gladioli, Dahlias, Wallflowers, Snapdragons, Carnations , and Fuchsias called here Madonna's Earrings , which if they were not famous for their healing properties, with their colorful corollas, attracted bees and in the case of Zinnia it seems to be the flower of laughter, certainly due to the bright colors that make even looking at it cheerful

Tall and precious those that my grandmother called Bismalva, the Alcea rosea , in various shades from white to dark red passing through the classic pink color, with more or less the same properties as its mallow cousin here

and the St. Anne's Lily , the Hosta plantaginea forming borders with enormous leaves and fragrant white flowers

Or that of Saint Anthony, very fragrant, which we all carried in procession with the first communion dress

Or again the orange Turkish lily, the Hemerocallis, which few remember is edible with a lemon flavour, here to distinguish it from the other, the protected one in the woods, the St. John's lily

And to protect the house the so-called Guardiatrun , Sempervivum tectorum, could not be missing on our roofs, living on nothing, that little earth transported by the wind that stuck to the ciappe (slate), the water that rained and defying frost and snow protected the house from lightning and storms.

From my mother-in-law's house, in the 70s, we took down a whole one that measured more than a square meter, but... it was also used for calluses, especially those between one finger and the other. A coarsely chopped leaf placed and kept in place with a bandage gave relief and favored the disappearance of the callus and many know it as Callus Herb.

All rustic, simple plants and flowers, of few demands, not requiring particular care, as women of the past had little time to dedicate to the garden.

Often the girls used them to adorn the altars of the churches in our countryside, I still remember, the Sundays in the square, before mass the wives exchanged pieces of twigs, bulbs and seeds: - Maria, I brought you the zinnia seed, I have it 'do you have marigolds to give me?...-

Things of the past, lost gardens, information exchanged from mouth to mouth, names given by association with the shape or the relief they provided... no wikipedia... no blog... no social media... but lots of sharing.

In the gardens of the rich there was the magnificent Peony ...


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Lella Canepa, creator of " Women from Yesterday to Today " a fantastic exhibition later translated into a book and of " Erbando " a sophisticated event which always produces a " sold out " immediately, also translated into a Manual where you learn to learn about and collect edible wild herbs as our ancestors did.

Lella Canepa has always loved everything that is spontaneous, simple and natural and has cultivated a passion for everything that surrounds the manual world of women for years. passed down for generations from his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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All food or pharmaceutical uses indicated are for informational purposes only, the result of personal experience. I decline any responsibility for their use for curative, aesthetic or food purposes.


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