Its Easter!! Sunday 10 April 2020

Easter is always on a Sunday, but it changes every year (but it’s usually 3 weeks after Mothers Day).

 

It is on the Sunday following the ‘first full moon’ after the ‘first day of spring’.  eg in March or April.

 

Traditionally, the church celebrates Easter with bell-ringing and White Lillies…though it always makes ‘me’ think of daffodils…….probably because I love them so much! :o)

Coronavirus: CLOSED (Temporarily)!

Just a quick update regarding my services and COVID-19:-

I have decided to PAUSE my business in support of the NHS and for the safety of my customers and myself.  The guidance from the government is not definitive, but the message is very clear:  STAY AT HOME!

It saddens me deeply to have to do this, and I hope to restart again soon.

On a positive note, it looks like everyone is embracing their gardens, and hopefully falling-in-love with gardening again.  We have been fortunate to have had some amazing weather at the moment, and we can now all catch-up on those jobs we have been meaning to do for ages.

Stay Safe everyone, and happy gardening!

 

 

Mothering Sunday (22 March 2020)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).  It is usually 3 weeks before Easter Sunday (which is late this year).

So why do we give flowers on Mothering Sunday?

The tradition comes from a time when young children (who were ‘in service’ to other households) returned home on the 4th Sunday of Lent to attend church with their families.  They would gather wild flowers as they walked, to take to the church or give to their mothers (and daffodils were the flower in natural abundance at that time of year).

This tradition has changed over the years, but the giving of the humble daffodil is still my favourite!  After all….who wouldn’t love a golden bunch of daffodils on Mother’s Day!

SPRING FORWARD (Last Sunday in March) 29/03/2020

Don’t forget to ALTER YOUR CLOCKS!……for Daylight Saving Time!

– it begins on the last Sunday in March.

– it ends    on the last Sunday in October.

“Daylight Saving Time” allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours (ie so get gardening folks!).

The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” helps us remember how Daylight Saving Time affects the clocks.

  • SPRING FORWARD:-

   On the last Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward 1 hour ahead of Standard Time.

  • FALL BACK:-

   On the last Sunday in October, we set our clocks back 1 hour.  Thus returning to Standard Time.

St Valentine’s Day (14 Feb)

….its not quite as straightforward as you think:

It dates back to Victorian times, when people expressed their feelings with symbols (eg cards, flowers, gifts) instead of words.  For example, different blooms (and even the ‘number’ of blooms) have different meanings:

–  13 Red roses:  you have an admirer

–  6 Roses:  you need to be loved or cherished

–  2 intertwined Roses:  hint of a marriage proposal

–  1 Rose (any colour):  represents complete devotion

–  1 Rose (red):  symbolises love, romance, beauty and perfection!

 

It is often said, that plants and flowers start to grow on this day…….St Valentine comes on February 14th to bring keys to all the roots, meaning that nature starts to awaken!

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In the 1700’s, on the eve of Valentine’s Day,  single women used to sprinkle 5 bay leaves with rosewater and pin them to their pillow (ie one in the middle, and one in each corner).  They believed that the scent/ leaves would make them dream of their future husband.  Why not give it a try? :o)

 

Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy your ‘Day of Romance’!…..(and let the gardening begin!)

Candlemas Day (2 February)

Candlemas Day (also called Ground Hog Day) marks the midpoint of Winter, and is used to predict the weather for the rest of Winter:

If Candlemas day be fair and bright ,

Winter will have another fight. 

If Candlemas day brings cloud and rain 

Winter won’t come again.

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So:  if the sun comes out on 2nd February, it meant six more weeks of winter weather.

In 2020:  We had light rain….but the sun did come out!……Hope it means No More Winter Weather in Urmston!!!

Candlemas has been celebrated for hundreds of years and it was the custom for clergy to bless candles and distribute them to the people.  It was a festival of candles (ie a bright light, in the middle of a cold/dark winter, was placed in every window).

Any Christmas decorations not taken down by the Twelth Night (ie January 5th) should be left up until Candlemas Day (and then taken down).

RHS Flower Show – Tatton Park (17 – 21 July 2019)

Oooh  I love this show!

Always full of surprises, celebrities, gorgeous plants & ornaments, and oodles of ideas to take home for free.  You don’t have to buy a thing!  (well except your ticket…..and an ice cream!).

  • Cheeky photo with Adam Frost from gardeners world!
  • Quick swing on the copper chair (I couldn’t resist)!
  • Must grow a bit taller to see eye-to-eye with the flower people!

ALL FOR FREE!

 

The wonderful Adam FrostFlower PeopleCopper Chair