Spring is in the air
Even with beautiful white snow still on the ground at Rocky Corner and the weather forecast calling for a few more days of snow, the days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and it feels like spring is just around the corner.
The pandemic made the winter months feel even longer and darker than usual because we were not able to engage in the usual holiday gatherings with family and friends. We all felt the dark days of winter drag on and on, but now the sun is higher in the sky and nature is pushing its way to reemerge in the spring.
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 14, giving us an additional hour of daylight and SPRING arrives at 5.37 am EDT on Saturday, March 20 when we mark the vernal equinox!
Something to think about
Although the sun is not assigned a gender in the English language, it is interesting that the sun is masculine in all of the romance languages but feminine in many Germanic languages, as is the Earth. Especially in spring, when the sun’s warmth causes nature to be reborn and burst forth with new life, the feminine qualities of the sun seem prevalent.
From Darkness to Light
As many cultures around the world watch the introspective influence of winter wane and feel the renewed energy of spring, they engage in some spring rituals. Many embark on spring cleaning of house and home (decluttering our lives also does wonders for the soul), and smudging ceremonies with a bundle of sage. Spring symbolizes growth and fertility. With the reemergence of light, warmth, plants, animals, come new ideas and fresh perspectives.
There are a number of holidays around this time of year to mark this new beginning: From the ancient Egyptians and Romans to Hindus in the East and Pagans in the West, civilizations have honored the arrival of spring through ceremony, ritual and festivals celebrating the abundance of sunlight and crops as well as the themes of revival, redemption and rebirth. These holidays include Holi, the Hindu festival of colors; Purim, a Jewish holiday observed in late winter/early spring commemorating the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia; the Pagan tradition of Ostara marking the arrival of spring; and Easter, a Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We were all in shock last year around this time as we learned about Covid-19 and watched the virus spread through neighborhoods, cities, and eventually the entire world. It stopped us in our tracks and all we could do was emerge at 7 pm each evening to bang on pots as a well-deserved expression of thanks to hospital staff and other essential workers.
But, word on the news now is that Covid cases are dropping and we are all hopeful that we can enjoy everything that spring 2021 has to offer!
Spring is a Season for Planning and Planting
Long before Spring begins, farmers and gardeners think about what they will plant in the coming weeks and months to ensure a bountiful summer and fall season. A shortage of seeds available from the usual sellers present an added challenge this year.
Farmers and gardeners face challenges every growing season. They are problem-solvers, innovators, and we trust them to find a way to get us through this. We can help farmers by uplifting them, especially in poor and struggling communities.
Now, more than ever, we must support our communities by supporting local farmers and small businesses where we live.
Dreaming about your Connecticut home garden?
Future resident Brenda and her daughter Alani are offering organic seedlings in curated collections for various themed gardens. CT Seedlings is going live in a few days with seedling collections for sale. Plants for spring beds will be ready for pick up in April and summer beds in May. Here’s a sneak peek ctseedlings.com. Check back to the website in a week to see the on-line store.