Pat Shingleton: "Tadpoles and Vegetation."
On May 5, 1786, Haiti experienced a six-month drought. In the seventh month, strong easterly winds assisted in activating needed showers and thunderstorms. In addition to the falling rain a large quantity of black eggs showered Port-Au-Prince. The following day the eggs hatched with tadpole-like creatures emerging from their shells, repeatedly shedding their skins. More than 100 years later, English naturalist Phillip Henry Gosse visited the island and experienced a rhapsody of croaking from the marshes adjacent to the city. Islanders shared with Gosse the story of the raining eggs and the seasonal tradition that “May-Frogs” had arrived, falling from the sky. In 1887 in County Durham, northeast England, Edward Cook took shelter with his horse under the gables of a cottage while thumbnail-sized frogs rained down. The weekend thunderstorms provided additional nitrogen to keep everything green and growing. Another item... Herbs, flowers and trees have certain symbolic meanings. We recognize the benefits of aloe, denoting its meaning for healing, protection and affection. The oak tree symbolizes strength and the rose is well known for love. We’ve seen a few patches of white clover during the spring months and the Old Farmer’s Almanac notes its meaning as “think of me.” The Fern is for sincerity, the holly is hope and ivy imparts friendship and continuity. Your herb garden may have parsley, meaning festivity, oregano meaning substance and mint; eternal refreshment. “Thoughts of absent friends” represents the Zinnia while “I think of you” and “Forever Mine” are red and blue Salvia.
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