'From Lancashire: cow parsley - never brought into the house; called mother-die.'
Fleetwood, Lancashire, UK, 1998
'Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) was grown for good luck. The luck was stronger if the plant was received as a gift.'
St Martin, Guernsey, Channel Islands, 2002
'I have only one memory connected with "unlucky" plants. I was told, as child, never to bring hawthorn blossom into the house. It only now occurs to me that this might have been related to the crown of thorns, which Christ had to wear during crucifixion.'
Pimlico, London, 2003
'Sallow (Salix caprea) catkins and branches are the only plant material permitted in church during Lent, on Palm Sunday. These are known as 'palm' or 'pussy palm' and represent the palm branches strewn on the road as Christ entered Jerusalem for the last time.'
Wormshill, Kent, 2003