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.
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!
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!
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 (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.
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).