Today I celebrate my first year anniversary on Of Gardens! Thank you all for joining me, I’ve had a wonderful time getting to know you. I look forward to what comes next.
There is cause for much celebration because today is the Vernal Equinox! It is the first day of spring.
Each year the vernal equinox happens this time of year on either March 19, 20 or 21st. The date is decided by the path of the sun. When the sun shines directly on the equator the length of day and night are almost equal all over the globe. This happens only twice a year, on the spring equinox and the autumn equinox. In the Northern Hemisphere today we celebrate spring, while in the Southern Hemisphere today they are celebrating the autumnal equinox.
It is traditionally a time of new beginnings. Ver is the Latin word for spring, so officially the day is known as the vernal equinox, but is more commonly called the spring equinox.
Although this is an unusually cold spring and there is still a lot of snow covering my garden, I will be celebrating today’s first day of spring by potting up pansies and keeping an eye on the temperature to see when I can put them outside. What are you doing to celebrate?
Forest Therapy – A walk a day keeps the doctor away….by Jan Johnsen
The phrase ‘shinrin-yoku’ really means “taking in the forest atmosphere” and recently, Japanese scientists quantified the effects of this atmosphere through several studies.
This group, Shin-rin yoku looks to be quite wonderful…I don’t know them but click on their name to go their website.
Fine Gardening has chosen to feature some of my photos today in their Garden Photo of the Day category.
Check out my photos in Fine Gardening at:
Some of my featured photos include:
I hope you’ll visit Fine Gardening and have a look at the rest of my photos. I must say, I am excited that Michelle Gervais, a senior editor at Fine Gardening, has chosen my photos to share. I love photographing my garden. It’s nice to know others enjoy looking at them.
I learned something new today. Actually, I learned lots of new things today. I was a clerk, 2nd clerk to be exact, at the Boston Flower Show assigned to assist several of the judges in the Amateur Horticulture Category. I was instructed first and foremost to keep my opinions and comments to myself, which required a great deal of self control. Beside this, I was to make myself as helpful as possible by locating the plants which needed judging, running to ask any necessary questions, stapling the right ribbon on the right plant, and throwing away empty water bottles.
It’s not in my DNA to be a fly on the wall. Nevertheless after today I highly recommend standing silently behind experts as they appraise what they know best. It was fascinating, illuminating, humbling, educational and fun, not to mention a real lesson in cooperative management.
Although organized by professionals, The Boston Flower Show is run by volunteers. I have been attending the Flower Show for more than a decade, and have volunteered before wearing my Master Gardener hat, but I have to say, even though I have joined the ranks, I am constantly amazed by the knowledge and dedication of the volunteers who year after year keep the Flower Show running. I commend each and every one of my fellow volunteers, including those volunteers who participate by entering a plant, flower arrangement, photograph or floral display.
The Show has gone through a few metamorphoses in the past decade. It is not as it was in its prime. It is held in a smaller location with fewer participants ( although the number of people who visit remains high). Nonetheless, the zeal and enthusiasm of those who do participate is unaltered.
Any of you reading this who would like to participate next year, or visit this year, check out the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s website:
The Norwegian government announced last week the winner of the Memorial Sites after 22 July competition. The winner is Jonas Dahlberg of Sweden who has designed three innovative memorials to commemorate the 22 July 2011 massacres in Norway.
The most stirring of the 3 memorials is the highly successful memorial landscape called Memory Wound. It will be an 11-foot gap literally cut through the Sorbraten peninsula.
Dahlberg’s ambitious design is impressive in its concept and engineering. Its visual simplicity belies the complexity of thought behind its creation. Dahlberg describes his proposed intent for the site as “it should be difficult to see the inherent beauty of the setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site…People will find their own way through the landscape around the cut, looking down at the channel and at the victims’ names from high up…establishing their own private ways of seeing and remembering…The void that is created evokes the sense of sudden loss combined with the long-term missing and remembrance of those who perished. The proposal is radical and brave, and evokes the tragic events in a physical and direct manner.”