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

St Swithin’s Day (15 July) 2019

 

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St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain.

St. Swithin’s day (15 July) if thou be fair

For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.

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If it rains on St. Swithin’s day then it will continue to rain for a further forty days.

Hurray!  Hurray!  It was sunny and hot hot hot in Urmston today! (24 degrees).  Hopefully we will have another nice Summer.

St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester and was originally buried (at his request), in a humble outside grave at Winchester.

9 years later the monks at Winchester moved his remains to a magnificent shrine inside Winchester cathedral on 15 July 971. Legend says that during the ceremony it began to rain and continued to do so for forty days.

The Longest Day (21 June)

Summer Solstice is the first day of Summer!

It is also the longest day of the year (…..and the shortest night of the year).

It was a medieval custom to collect flowers on the longest day (ie for their healing properties).  Typically, Apothecaries would gather herbs on this day (eg St John’s Wort, Chamomile, Geraniums, and Thyme).

To celebrate, they would light a bonfire and dance around it.  Flowers collected on this day would release their fragrant aromas when thrown on bonfire (to eradicate bad luck and negative energy).

Happy May Day! (May 1st)

It is common practice for people in France to give each other a posy of Lily-of-the-valley today…….. for Good Luck, and as a symbol of Spring!

Sounds like a lovely idea.

Why not give it a go:  Pop them in a glass jar with some twine wrapped around it.  Happiness in a jar!  Perfect!

x

Its Easter!! Sunday 21 April 2019

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)

Mothering Sunday (31 March 2019)

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!