Through the Year

"The astrologers went into the child's inn, and found him with his mother. Then with prostrate bodies they worshipped Christ, and opened their treasure chests and offered him threefold gifts: gold, incense and myrrh. . . . The gold signified that he is a true king, the frankincense that he is the true God, the myrrh that he was then mortal; but now he remains mortal in eternity".

from Sermon on the Epiphany of the Lord, by tenth century monk Aelfric

"Every year at just this time,

In cold and dark December,

Families  around the world

All gather to remember,

With presents and with parties,

With feasting and with fun,

Customs and traditions

for people old and young"


"A beautiful and happy girl,
With step as light as summer air,
Eyes glad with smiles, and brow of pearl,
Shadowed by many a careless curl
Of unconfined and flowing hair;
A seeming child in everything,
Save thoughtful brow and ripening charms,
As Nature wears the smile of Spring
When sinking into Summer's arms.


"Come, said Fiacre Colman

Walk gently in my garden,

Meditate under the linden tree,

And listen to the bumble bee.

In my garden you will find

Plants for all of human kind,

Herbs for flavor and for fragrance,

And sometimes for a physic;

Feel the whisper of the air caress

Each fragrant flower in happiness.

Saint Fiacre

"When the goldenrod is yellow,

     And the leaves are turning brown -

Reluctantly the summer goes

     In a cloud of thistledown.

When squirrels are harvesting

     And birds in flight appear -

By these autumn signs we know

     September days are here"

Beverly Ashour, September


"Fairest of the months!

Ripe summer's queen

This hey-day of the year

With robes that gleam with sunny sheen

Sweet August doth appear."

                              R. Combe Miller


"No bought potpourri is so pleasant as that made from one's garden, for the petals of the flowers one has gathered at home hold the sunshine and memories of summer, and of past summers only the sunny days should be remembered."  Eleanor Sinclair Rohde


"I've noticed something about gardening. You set out to do one thing and pretty soon you're doing something else, which leads to some other thing, and so on. By the end of the day, you look at the shovel stuck in the half dug rose bed and wonder what on earth you've been doing". Anne Raver

I found this gem in the book Garden Graces that I purchased while on my trip to Nashville. Around the corner from the hotel was Elder's Bookstore, at 78 years the oldest general bookstore in continuous operation in Nashville. It was a delight to find - lots of old books and atmosphere.

It's finally May - the month we've been waiting for. This month holds the promise of the upcoming gardening season here in the Northeast, the time to get out and work the earth. It's been a strange spring, with many plants coming into bloom very early. I noticed the first rose almost ready to open yesterday, and the tulips, lilacs and jonquils are all blooming at the same time. We've had lots of rain, and plenty of wind. Still, it's nice and cosy in the greenhouses, and the plants are pretty happy there.

April is a very busy month for anyone who gardens in the Northeast. Lawns need to be raked and de-thatched, growing beds need to be uncovered and tidied, and some early plantings need to be made. How fitting, then, that Earth Day is celebrated this month, when we are again engaging in all things green. 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, which was instituted by Se, Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) in 1970. He envisioned an environmental teach-in to raise awareness of many of the concerns for the health and well-being of our planet.