Thurs. Feb. 18, 2021: The Quiet

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

First Quarter Waxing Moon in Taurus

Mercury Retrograde

Celtic Tree Month of Ash begins

Cloudy and cold/incoming storm

I have little to say about the garden. I have not done any planting. The edges of the yard and driveway still have snow ridges, but everything within has melted.

There’s another storm headed in later today that should continue until tomorrow night.

It’s that period of waiting, trying to get on through until spring.

Today, the Celtic tree month of Ash begins. Ash, Oak, and Thorn are the trio of trees sacred to the Druids, and believed to contain/control the power of the sea. Talismans of ash are believed to provide protection from drowning. The time of ash is also about inner work.

Fits, with this time of silence.

How’s your garden doing?

Thurs. Feb. 11, 2021: Real Winter Weather

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

New Moon in Aquarius

Mercury Retrograde

Celtic Tree Month of Rowan

Snowy and cold

I’m grateful that we have a good, solid cold snap. It will benefit the yard.

It was frustrating to try to dig out, because the plow pushed ice boulders into the bottom of my driveway that then froze down. And the Dig Safe guy showed up to mark the lines during the storm, and spray paint info on the snow. Does he not realize that it must melt before any digging can happen?

Not my problem.

I still haven’t planted either the strawberries or poppies. Tomorrow’s another planting day, and it’s waxing moon, which is good for planting that which will be above ground. So maybe I can make up for it tomorrow.

We’re having some more flurries this morning, and possibly another storm over the weekend. That’s what winter’s for, right?

I have every intention of enjoying as much of it as I can!

What’s new in your garden?

Thurs. Feb. 4, 2021: Snow!

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Third Quarter Waning Moon in Scorpio

Mercury Retrograde

Snowy and cold

It’s snowing! We weren’t hit with snow as hard as other areas of the state this week; for us, it was mostly rain, sleet, ice, high winds. But now we have some snow, and it looks pretty!

Usually, I plant the first seeds of the season, indoors, at Imbolc, but, according to my calendar, Tuesday was not a planting day. However, today and tomorrow are, so I will plant the strawberries and the breadseed poppies. I haven’t had good luck with any type of poppy in the past, but I keep trying. The breadseed poppies make the seeds used in baking. Although I seriously doubt I can grow enough to, say, make my favorite poppyseed roll, I still want to see what I can grow. This is very much an experiment. I haven’t grown strawberries from seed before; I’ve only bought seedlings at the garden center. Another experiment. I will wait another week or so to start the tomatoes.

I bought cut flowers last weekend; two different bunches, and then arranged them in vases around the house. It’s very cheerful, and reminds me how much I enjoy having fresh flowers in the place.

In summer, it’s easy, because I can cut roses or lilac or zinnias or hydrangeas or whatever’s blooming. I wonder, if someday, I can set up a year-round greenhouse that’s warm enough to grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables all year. Something to think about.

We need some real winter, with real cold, or the garden will be unhappy in spring and summer. Even though I won’t be here for it, I still want it to do well.

How’s your garden growing? What are your plans?