Tag Archives: Spring

Spring is here

Spring is here

Meteorologists conventionally define each season as three months long and spring in the UK as March, April and May. The spring Equinox is on 20 March 2015 – this is when the day and night are approximately the same length. In the southern hemisphere, 20 March is the date of the autumn equinox.

In temperate parts of the world, spring is the season that follows winter and is associated with the fresh growth of vegetation, germination of dormant seeds, resuming of activity in hibernating creatures and the start of animal and plant reproduction. (thanks Woodland Trust for this description)

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A day on the farm, willow weaving and lambs

A day on the farm, willow weaving and lambs!

I spent the day at my friends farm in Dolphinholme and we played with willow, willow is amazing for building structures, we used Osier willow to make lanterns and I made an oblix for my ivy to grow up.

There is a local custom in Chediston, Suffolk, known as a ‘willow stripping’ ceremony. This is usually held at the first full moon in May. A Green George figure is dressed in willow strippings, dances around and is then ceremoniously thrown into the local pond.

Osier withies (strong, flexible willow stems) are traditionally used for basket-making and weaving, and are becoming increasingly popular for use as willow screens and sculptures.

Osier, like all willows, is also grown for its ability to absorb heavy metals, and is often planted to ‘clean up’ contaminated waste ground. (thank you Woodland Trust for this info)

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Spring is in the air with lemon balm

Spring is in the air with lemon balm,

The past few days the sun has been shining here in Blackpool UK and little sprouts are peeking through the ground, I have been planting seeds for a couple of weeks now and the aubergine, sweet pea and tomato seedlings have appeared. I always get really excited by this happening.

Today I planted sunflower, marigold and Calendula seeds, I re-use takeaway tubs with lids because they make great little propagators.

Last year I dried a lot of lemon balm as it grew in abundance and I will be honest with you, I havent used it yet, but I am drawn to it today and feel it has womanly properties so I got out my herbal books and did some research.

 

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