ELM timber endures well under water, and so was the first material for water pipes (Grigsin, 1955), and for piles, as in London and Rochester bridges (Rackham. 1976). For the same reason, elm wood was used for coffins, a practice that Vaux wholeheartedly condemned - "the evil practice of making coffins of elm in order to keep the body from the corrupting effects of contact with the earth for as long as possible, the very opposite to which is what all sensible people desire".

It is said that when MEADOW SAFFRON (Colchi-cum autumnale) blooms on a grave, it is a good sign for the deceased (Friend. 1883).

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