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evergreens


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Antimicrobial resistance and susceptibility testing: an evergreen topic

Association between winter anthocyanin production and drought stress in angiosperm evergreen species

Brief communication. The Evergreen gene is essential for flower initiation in carnation

broad-leaved evergreen forest

broad-leaved evergreen forest

broad-leaved evergreen forest

broadleaved evergreen forest

broad-leaved evergreen forest

Bud Structure and Shoot Architecture of Canopy and Understorey Evergreen Broad-leaved Trees at their Northern Limit in East Asia

Changes in sapwood permeability and anatomy with tree age and height in the broad-leaved evergreen species Eucalyptus regnans

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens): bringing in before Christmas/New Year

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens), burning

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens): burning on Shrove Tuesday

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens etc.), taking down

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens) fed to cattle

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (evergreens) from church

Conservative Decrease in Water Potential in Existing Leaves during New Leaf Expansion in Temperate and Tropical Evergreen Quercus Species

Contrasting seasonal leaf habits of canopy trees between tropical dry-deciduous and evergreen forests in Thailand

Dante And The Evergreens

Dante And The Evergreens

Deciduous and evergreen trees differ in juvenile biomass allometries because of differences in allocation to root storage

Differences in seasonal expression of flowering genes between deciduous trifoliate orange and evergreen Satsuma mandarin

Diurnal and seasonal variations in leaf hydraulic conductance in evergreen and deciduous trees

Ecophysiological relevance of cuticular transpiration of deciduous and evergreen plants in relation to stomatal closure and leaf water potential*

Effect of heat on cambial reactivation during winter dormancy in evergreen and deciduous conifers

Element accumulation patterns of deciduous and evergreen tree seedlings on acid soils: implications for sensitivity to manganese toxicity

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Quick Reference

A high proportion of the plants important in folk customs are evergreen—a fact which can be seen either in practical or symbolic terms. Folklorists have usually highlighted the latter, suggesting that at winter festivals they represented the unconquered life-force, and at funerals immortality. This may be so, though early sources offer little direct evidence, and what there is does not always bear out the theory; holly, for instance, is celebrated in a well-known medieval carol because its features recall aspects of Christ's birth and life, while rosemary proverbially was ‘for remembrance’. The herbalist Willam Coles, in his The Art of Simpling (1656: 64–5), thought lasting memory was the key concept:Cypresse Garlands are of great account at Funeralls amongst the gentiler sort, but Rosemary and Bayes are used by the Commons both at Funeralls and Weddings. They are all plants which fade not a good while after they are gathered and used (as I conceive) to intimate unto us, that the remembrance of the present solemnity might not dye presently, but be kept in minde for many years.

Cypresse Garlands are of great account at Funeralls amongst the gentiler sort, but Rosemary and Bayes are used by the Commons both at Funeralls and Weddings. They are all plants which fade not a good while after they are gathered and used (as I conceive) to intimate unto us, that the remembrance of the present solemnity might not dye presently, but be kept in minde for many years.

However, availability must also have been an important factor; weddings and funerals occur at all seasons, so it was possible to make evergreens a standard feature of these occasions, but not always flowers.

See alsoBAY, BOX, HOLLY, IVY, MISTLETOE, ROSEMARY, YEW.


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