Thursday, February 2, 2012

Quarter Day

It is a quarter day.
It is halfway from Winter Solstice to Spring Equinox.
It is a day of hope. Spring is just around the corner.
Leap Day this year adds a day to all our counts.

There are many names for this day.
We call today, Imbolc.

Many cultures celebrate the coming of Spring.
There are all sorts of fun traditions.
In Japan beans are thrown for good luck.
Baking bread is my favorite tradition.
It is my way of celebrating grains.

We are waiting for a thunderstorm to come in.
The forecast is for 100% chance of rain tonight and tomorrow
with 1-2 inches expected.
We need the rain.

Our morning sunny skies have given way to overcast.
The wind has remained calm. It will pick up as the storm
moves in. I have been keeping a wind journal since last April.
When the wind turns to the east we often have rain.

It is difficult to predict the weather. I watch the birds.
They feed more before a storm.

The Snowdrop is the flower associated with Candlemass.
It is known as the Purification Flower it is also called
"The Fair Maid of February." I do not grow them.
Perhaps I could.  It would be nice to see blooms
in February. The new zone maps have been released.
We are now zone 6. Although a couple of years ago we had lows
of minus 5 degrees.

I like being with plants.
We communicate.
I am a plant person.
I like having one on one time with the plants.

Daffodiles are emerging all over our gardens.

They are pushing away the mulch.

Rifts of daffodiles are proclaiming Spring.
They are responding to the warm temperatures.
They are not responding to my words of warning.

The Groundhog saw his shadow at my house.
 Spring should be 6 weeks away. Yet the warm temperatures
are proclaiming Spring has arrived.
I do not think the old ways of knowing will work any more.
Climate change is here to stay.

I am sending blessings to all my friends in Europe.
I am sending prayers to my friends in the UK.
Stay safe and warm. Take extra care when outdoors.
Remember the birds and check on the elderly.


  1. I can't see your photos. WHINE. I will come back later to look. Maybe they will show up. Our zone stayed the same, 6, only I am in A now instead of B. I used to be considered the same zone as where my Sister lives. I knew we weren't because she can grow some things I can't. Now she is in a warmer zone.

  2. Thanks Lisa for letting me know the photos did not take.
    No idea as to why that happens.
    Hope they stick now.

  3. It is a wonderful blog Q!!!
    mine is just simple, but also talking about the Groundhog or in Europe about the bear what these winter sleepers are doing? No question: They like to come out and stay out.

  4. Dear Sherry,

    Imbolc is a word I am familiar with also. It was used by the Celts I believe.

    Climate change is here to stay........we must learn to adapt and to change our gardens accordingly. I am making big changes this year. I am saying goodbye to many old friends.
    My garden will give me hope for the future :)

    It has been bitterly cold today.....too cold. My hellebores are distressed, their blooms lie limp on the woodland floor. They usually recover from harsh frosts, this day they did not. The shock was just too much after the very mild weather we have experienced.
    They will survive, they are tough......acceptance is a word I am using so much these days.

    Have a lovely weekend :)