Friday, August 23, 2013

Lucy's Garland

Dracula        Bram Stoker 

I'm reading 
(as in re-reading)
this time out loud
to Hubby.

I wish my book cover was this smexy

On a rainy afternoon it is idyllic 
to read something aloud
to someone special,
and I can thoroughly recommend it.

What I learned from this read-through
is that everyone has it wrong 
about vampires and garlic.

Wiki medieval garlic

Van Helsing has to send to
The Netherlands
for the garlic
and he's very specific 
about what he needs.

He needs garlic flowers.

Wiki photo
Not bulbs, not cloves, not seeds.

It's the flowers that adorn
poor Lucy Westenra
and they work very well
until she tears them away
in her blood-filled passion.

Armed with the knowledge 
that every well-informed vampire hunter
needs a garland of garlic blooms,
I made a garlic flower wreath 
for the Steampunk Study.

I have stands of the stuff
growing in my garden.
So the whole thing cost me
about $1.50

Close-up of my faded garlic blooms. They last a long time.
Yes, I realise these are technically
dead flower heads
but I don't have Van Helsing's advantage
of a freight train from Rotterdam
passing by my house,
bringing the fresh stuff.

This is a wiki photo in case you don't know what garlic looks like.
(Please toggle your irony button to the 'on' position.)

You need a simple  white willow wreath 
as white willow is the same colour 
as the garlic heads
and it will magically disappear.

You'll need hot glue

And you need 
lots and lots 
of clean ,dried  flower heads

I had two dozen
and could have squeezed in a few more.

Try the flower head on the wreath
to see how they'll fit.

Glue them on.


By the way, this isn't the
Steampunk Study's mantelpiece
specially dressed up
 for Halloween.

It always looks like this.


  1. So everyone has been getting it wrong!

    I am actually kind of allergic to garlic, if I eat anything that is garlicky, I get sick. Being bitten by a vampire is preferable to how ill I feel when I eat garlic!

    1. I didn't notice it was specifically flowers until I read the novel out loud. Just shows how much attention I was paying!

      You can't eat garlic? Wow, that's awful on all kinds of levels:- No garlic. Cooking without garlic. Buying foods without garlic and last, but not least, everyone around you who eats garlic, smelling of garlic. I am so sorry. that's pretty harsh.

  2. I'm glad you posted about the garlic flowers. I hadn't realized I had skimmed over it also. You might bring it to Propnomicon's attention as well since he posts a good deal about vampire hunting kits.

    1. If I hadn't been reading it aloud I wouldn't have noticed that it was flowers. Makes me wonder what else I've missed?

  3. This is soooooooooooo freaken cool!! Wow!!! I never knew about the garlic flowers either! My friend I LOVE the wreath!! WOW!!!!!

  4. Excellent blog by the way!!! I wish you luck for your backroom! I am sure you are doing well ;o)

    1. Well, this room is where the Fortune Teller is going to go. If I can get a good photo of it framed, I'll feature it here.

  5. The wreath is beautiful! The spouse has just started growing garlic, but I haven't seen any flowers on it like that yet. Maybe that happens after a few years?

    Really, really love the wallpaper in your study! :D

    1. Thank you! I love my ugly wallpaper, too. It looked terrifying on the roll, just so dark and fussy, but it's perfect for the room.

  6. Dig it, gurl! I have to say, I found this wonderfully educational for the piccies. I just this month (June 2014) re-read Dracula, because I picked up Robert M. Place's Vampire Tarot cards. The suit traditionally referred to as Pentacles (or Coins), Place dubs "Garlic Flowers," only the illustrations on the Garlic Flowers cards don't look anything like the real thing.


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