Thurs. June 2, 2022: Deep in Growth Season

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

1st Quarter Waxing Moon in Gemini

Pluto & Mercury Retrograde

Cloudy and mild

We’re definitely in growing season now. Even some of the plants that initially hung back: lemon balm, marine heliotrope, columbine – are doing better. The dahlias are growing like crazy, as are the hollyhocks. Only one pumpkin vine is still alive, but it’s growing well.

The nasturtiums are still very unhappy, and the moonflowers aren’t doing well, either. The new batch of morning glories are better, but still nowhere near as strong as they were down on Cape.

I’ll have to repot a few plants who are outgrowing their original small pots. Even the night-blooming jasmine, who’s only been around for a few weeks, will need a bigger pot soon. But I have a special pot saved, just for her!

The basil, chives, parsley, cilantro, and lettuce are doing well, and I’m using them as often as possible.

The trip to Hancock Shaker Village on Tuesday included wandering around their medicinal garden. Seeing that comfrey, coltsfoot, horehound, and calendula do well in this region means I can try growing them next spring. I always kept them in my stillroom, because I use them for various cough blends and/or poultices or salves.

The Farmer’s Market starts up weekly this coming Saturday, and I am so excited. I can’t wait to create menus each week based on what’s fresh at the market.

Everyone in the neighborhood is fixing up their little patch of porch and/or green, and it’s a delight to walk around and see how creative people are.

How are things going in your neck of the woods, sea, or meadows?

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Thurs. Feb. 24, 2022: First Growth

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

4th Quarter Waning Moon in Sagittarius

Celtic Tree Month of Ash

Cloudy and cold

We’ve had wacky weather, in the mid-fifties one day, snow the next. It’s been mild the past few days, but tomorrow, a foot of snow is predicted.

Tiny shoots have come up in the two marine heliotrope pots, and one tiny echinacea shoot has come up. Earlier than expected, and so exciting! I moved the pots out onto the front porch in the sun during the mild days, and will take them in today as the temperature drops. The shoots are too tiny to show up well in my low-grade camera in my phone, but once they’re big enough to look good in a picture, I’ll post one.

I meant to plant cat grass earlier this week, but I didn’t, so tomorrow I will plant cat grass and the nasturtiums.

Yesterday it was in the mid-fifties, and the weather veered every few minutes from rain to sun and back again. By evening, it dropped to the mid-thirties, and when I woke up this morning, it was only 16.

Snow’s supposed to start tonight and go all day tomorrow. I have the pre-storm headache, so I think it might start earlier. Or maybe I just hope it will, to ease the pressure in my head.

What do we focus on for the tree month of Ash? Ash magic is connected to dreams, prophecy, the sea, healing, and prosperity, so any of those aspects of your life that need work are a good focus for the month.

I hope this weekend’s snowstorm is it for this area. I shouldn’t complain; supposedly November and December were unseasonably mild, so we really only had rough weather last month and this month. But, for the shortest month, February seems long. And dreary. I mean, I live in New England because I like seasons, so here we are with seasons.

And I like sitting inside and watching the snow from the tall windows.

Hopefully, next week, it will be milder and more plants will be up!