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tansy

All the tansy in my yard had flopped over, so I cut it way, way back and turned some of it into a door wreath. My front door gets BAKED BY THE SUN. Seriously, the healing angel and I have talked about the possibility of using it, somehow, for electricity or power generation. But anyway. This means the tansy wreath will . . . not freeze-dry, but the opposite. Flash bake?

Later in the day, the healing angel was going upstairs (the stairs are right by the door) and said, "I smell an intense smell of tomatoes."

Now we know what tansy (which has a pretty unique and powerful smell when it isn't baking) smells like when it's baking.

tansy wreath



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queenoftheskies
Aug. 11th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
That's a very pretty wreath.

(And now I want to smell some tansy.)
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
It's very strong and distinctive!
sovay
Aug. 11th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)
Now we know what tansy (which has a pretty unique and powerful smell when it isn't baking) smells like when it's baking.

That's great.

Edited at 2014-08-11 12:47 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
It was quite surprising, in a nice way.
dudeshoes
Aug. 11th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Perhaps it is mummifying. (Looks delightful!)
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:35 pm (UTC)
That might be what it is!
khiemtran
Aug. 11th, 2014 09:33 am (UTC)
Interesting! I'd never even heard of tansy until today...
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
It has a very button-like look and great foliage and a strong smell. There's a great description of its use in Easter cakes and things at A Modern Herbal [not really modern!], here.
amaebi
Aug. 11th, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Have you read Ruth M. Arthur's A Candle in Her Room? Tansy always makes me think of that.

I'm very impressed by your wreath-making, BTW. That's lovely. And highly competent.

Edited at 2014-08-11 11:00 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't! How does tansy figure in the story?

(And thank you! I am a rank amateur, but it's fun to play around.)
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cmcmck
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
Talking of Tansy- have some tunes- the Brides Favourite and Tansy's Fancy. :o)

asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I like this very, very much--thank you ♥
shewhomust
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:30 am (UTC)
I've never tasted tansy, though it's a traditional (make that, historical) flavouring.

I was going to say that Elizabethan recipes for tansy must have been used by people who'd never tasted tomato, but that looks to have been about the point tomatoes were introduced to Britain (John Gerard, he of the Herbal, grew them, apparently). Well, well.
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Wow, so tomatoes have been part of European cuisine for that long! I didn't know either. And I've never tasted tansy either--the smell is so strong, and while not unpleasant, it's not something I've ever wanted to *try*, if you know what I mean.
wuweibaby
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:36 am (UTC)
You know the names of all the things, and do very lovely things with them.
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
I *love* knowing the names! I feel like that's a good way toward becoming friends--like Alice in Wonderland being introduced to her food and then not being able to eat it.
docdad2
Aug. 11th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely
Ahyup - really - Lovely wreath.
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Lovely
Today, predictably, it's much shriveled, but the yellow is still bright and the form is still good, so maybe i'll keep it there a while!
cecile_c
Aug. 11th, 2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
Your wreath looks lovely! If it dries well, it would make a pretty Christmas wreath ;)

(incidentally, if your front door is so warm, have you ever tried building a sun-dryer for fruit and vegetables to put there? I've been wanting to make one for a good while, but still haven't come around to it...)
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
THAT IS AN AWESOME IDEA! Why didn't I think of it--much better than using my oven on a low setting, which is what I currently do.

Thank you! I absolutely will do that!
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c_maxx
Aug. 11th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Great wreath! And herbal lore to boot.
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Gotta love the herbal lore :-)
xjenavivex
Aug. 11th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
beautiful wreath
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
Glad you like it! (It's a little less perky today, but I'm hoping it will still look nice dried)
sartorias
Aug. 11th, 2014 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, it is so pretty!
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
mnfaure
Aug. 11th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
I was considering the French form of Tansy (Tanaisie) for a name if Junebug would have been a girl, but J vetoed it on account of it sounding like the French word for euthanasia. :P

That is a most lovely wreathe. It will be interesting to see if it dries in keepable condition.
asakiyume
Aug. 11th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Tanaisie is so pretty, what a shame that it sounds like the word for euthanasia!

Yeah, I'm hopeful that it will dry prettily but it all depends on what happens with the flowers, I think.
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