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TURN OF THE SEASONS

 

ell here we are again into Spring/Summer, and everywhere is coming alive, with all the spring bulbs and blossom in full flower.  The trees are starting to break into leaf and the hedgerows are sprinkled with blackthorn blossom.  As yet I haven’t seen any hawthorn in flower.  At the beginning of April when we had a heat-wave, I was very tempted to cast a clout, but I knew it wouldn’t last, and now we are having some chilly days with the north winds blowing, and the April showers will surely ‘bring forth May flowers’.

 

At the beginning of April, the sunny weather brought out the spring butterflies -- small tortoiseshells, red admirals, speckled woods, holly blue, comma, brimstone, orange tips and whites -- but I have not seen any since the weather changed.

 

Our migrant birds have now arrived from Africa -- warblers, martins and swallows, etc. -- and it is good to see their acrobatic flights in the sky again, and hear the chiff chaff in the wood again.  I love to see the swallows skimming the water’s edge, and, when they arrive in May, hear the squeals of the swifts circling around the village.  What a joy!  Let me know when your first sightings were.

 

SUPERSTITIONS

 

Spring is the time for sowing seeds, and old-school gardeners will follow this rule of thumb: seeds sown on a waxing moon will be more productive.  Then sweet peas sown on March 17th will produce larger and more fragrant blooms.  Likewise, picking and harvesting fruits and vegetables will be done on a waning moon.

 

Rosemary Roach   April, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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