Category Archives: Gardens

Small Full (Grain) xiǎo mǎn 小满 May 21st .

On May 21st we moved into the Chinese calendar solar term of Small Full Grain. This refers to the grain and seed crops which are now beginning to become plump, but are not yet ripe. As an example, my blackberry … Continue reading

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Beltane

The first of May came in colder weather than I would have preferred. The tradition of a bonfire on Beltane is not something I do just for myself, but I decided the cold rainy weather was perfect justification for a … Continue reading

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Beltane May 01

The first of May is a holiday with both ancient roots and a completely modern aspect. As a person fond of traditional festivities I celebrate it as Beltane, as the Gaelic first day of summer was known. One practice I … Continue reading

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January Garden Calendar

This is a great month for evaluating and planning, placing orders (January is National Mail-Order Gardening Month), preparing and getting organized. It’s also a good time to work on plants during dormancy, so they can begin their spring growing season … Continue reading

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November Garden Calendar

You would think by November the garden chores would be done. Not quite. If you haven’t already, make sure that the canes of your climbing roses and other vining plants are securely fastened to their supports. Winter winds can whip … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – October Chores, October Pleasures

Caturday Thoughts is late again, but there are two reasons. One, I had to travel up to Maryland over the weekend. It was a long trip and tiring and even though I brought my laptop I had no time to … Continue reading

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October Calendar for Yard and Garden

As the leaves change into their brilliant fall colors, and you awaken to a distinct chill in the air, you realize that winter is just around the corner. It’s only natural to think it’s time to put the garden tools … Continue reading

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Summer Solstice xià zhì 夏至 Jun 21st

This year the summer solstice falls on the 21st of June. This event is celebrated in many places. Not surprisigly in Sweden and Finland it is a big holiday with lots of public festivities. It is a holiday tied to … Continue reading

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Summer Commences lì xià 立夏 May 6th

The beginning of summer (in southern China). In the Chinese calendar the seasons are marked by descriptive solar terms. July 22nd we passed into the perioud called Great or Greater Heat. Although the actual weather does not always match the … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Gǔyǔ, Kokuu, Gogu, or Cốc vũ is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the … Continue reading

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