Early Summer

From Beltane 1st May, or shortly after as the heat waves catch up with the increased light waves (14th May), until Lammas 1st August, we move into early summer. ”In the western world, we are familiar with the four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. However, in the Taoist understanding of time and change Read more about Early Summer[…]

Cotyledons

A cotyledon (/ˌkɒtɪˈliːdən/; “seed leaf” from Latin cotyledon,[1] from Greek: κοτυληδών kotylēdōn, gen.: κοτυληδόνος kotylēdonos, from κοτύλη kotýlē “cup, bowl”) is a significant part of the embryo within the seed of a plant, and is defined as “the embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants, one or more of which are the first to appear from a germinating seed.” The cotyledons may be ephemeral, lasting only days after emergence, or persistent, enduring at least Read more about Cotyledons[…]

April

New life bursts forth from translucent red pomegranate tips on the branches of the handkerchief tree and I stand surrounded by a choir of lilac leaves as they open soft, furry, almost-purple buds and unfurl into delicate new leaves with blushed red tips sounding their notes to the warm bright spring sky  I am captivated, Read more about April[…]

April moon gardening

Aries lunation 1st New moon Dream plan. 3rd – 10th Waxing crescent Sew crops that develop below ground, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, radish, beetroot. 10- 16th waxing gibbous Sew crops that develop above ground lettuce, salad, cucumber, tomatoes & chillies, Peas, leeks, spinach, sprouts, pak choi, onions, chard, parsley & chives And annual flowers. Saturday 16th Read more about April moon gardening[…]

jīngzhé – hibernating insects awaken

Earth aerated Jīngzhé, 惊蛰, is the 3rd of the 24 solar terms (節氣) in the traditional Chinese calendars. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 345° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 360°. More often, it refers to the day when the Sun is exactly at a celestial longitude of 345°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually Read more about jīngzhé – hibernating insects awaken[…]