Words of Wisdom:
“One fair day in Winter, makes not birds merry.”
“When snow falls in the mud, it remains all Winter.”
“A warm and open Winter portends a hot and dry Summer.”
“A hard Winter will come if Raccoons are fat.”
“Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, in the air,
Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere!”
“Deck the halls with boughs of Holly, fa la la la la la la la la….”
Brighten up your home with these Christmas friendly plants:
- Christmas Cactus
- Christmas Trees- Douglas Fir, White Pine, Blue Spruce, etc.
Do you have little critters digging up all of your hard work in the landscape? Are you against using sprays and pesticides? There is a simple way to deter them, and nothing harmful will come from it. Clean out your hairbrush after regular usage, and spread the hair around the bottom of planting holes or channels. This will keep the animals away because of the smell of humans. Repeat as often as needed to keep the animals at bay.
- If on the 8th of June it rain, that foretells a wet harvest, men sayen.
- If St. Vitus day be rainy weather (June 15th), it will rain for forty days together.
- A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
- Sow beans in the mud, they will grow like wood.
“The month of June is remarkable for the brilliancy of its sunlight, steady barometer, and even temperature. For those who are engaged in gardening, it provides plenty to occupy their time, as much work requires attention in all departments.”
-The Garden Oracle, 1896-
Come honey bee, with thy busy hum,
To the fragrant tufts of wild thyme come,
And sip the sweet dew from the cowslip’s head,
From the lily’s bell and the violet’s bed.
The Christmas Rose, otherwise known as Hellebore, is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated plants in history. In Greek times, it was known as Black Hellebore, or injurious food, because it is poisonous. It was used to try and cure madness all throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Who knew the lovely hellebore had such an interesting, and slightly morbid history?
“Silly gardener! Summer goes,
And Winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down!”
The Pansy is said to have been struck by Cupid’s dart, and because of this is often used in love motifs. It also is said to fortify the heart, and can help with heart related ailments.