Category: garden

Change of Season

Although the seasonal shift has not “officially” changed, it certainly feels like summer is upon us! For the last 7 years, we have opened our farm and our arms to our community to gather in celebration of the summer solstice. Seasonal celebrations have been a part of our family’s tradition for sometime, and it felt right those 7 years ago, to start opening up our celebration to others.

The Summer Solstice is the summer quarter point, or mid summer. Midsummer is the time when the day is longest in the northern hemisphere and shortest in the southern hemisphere. Originally a pagan festival, celebrations for the midsummer festival date back to the pre-Christian era.

Summer Solstice is also known as St Johns Day. This day named after the patron saint St. John’s Day is celebrated as a public holiday in some countries with customs varying from location to location. Typical customs include the gathering of the perennial herb St. John’s Wort for medicinal, religious, or spiritual use. St Johns Wort The collection of flowers for floral wreaths is popular. The wreaths are dried and hung in the house all year until the next St. John’s Day.

St Johns wort can also be used internally as a tea. It is known for its sedative and pain relieving effects, giving it a great place in treating anxiety, tension and neauralgia. It can also be applies topically as it helps speeds the healing of wounds, bruises, varacoise veins and mild burns. An infused oil is especially useful for the healing of sunburn.

Whether you gather those delicately powerful flowers, make wreaths, stoke a midsummer eve fire, I invite you to invoke a tradition that works for you, to honour the seasonal shift.

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As I apprehensively write my first submission to my blog, I realize this is perfect timing. On the eve of a full harvest moon, I reflect back, as to all things I am able to harvest. We certainly as a family have been on quite a ride. From moving to Canada from the UK, to finding a wee home in the suburbs to call our own, to finding our dream home surrounded by tall trees and red clover fields, we feel truly blessed.

Our gardens are a reflection of who we are at this moment, so why is mine full of weeds?! Feeling slightly frazzled and over worked, we have brought upon us more “weeds” than we would like. This harvest moon is a reminder of taking what we need, and letting go of what no longer serves us.

As I pull out plants that are not supposed to be there, I ponder, knowing full well the advantages these plants have, and the gifts they have to offer. I use these plants as medicine, whether it is the chickweed, alfalfa, dandelions, they all serve a purpose. Why are they popping up in the gardens? These plants are known as dynamic nutrient accumulators. They are opportunists, popping up wherever they can, allowing the soil to be nourished. I realize as I decide who stays and who goes, that they all serve a purpose, much like the people in our lives. We may wish we wouldn’t have to have that run in with an angry person, or get caught up in gossip; however, these incidences are all here to serve us. Reminding us again who we truly are, and that we carry all of these personalities within us. Which relationships will we nourish, and which ones do we just accept, learn from and move on.

As my kids kick it into high gear on full moons, my patience gets tested. Rather than chase my tail, I took my troops out into the garden, to harvest some lovely herbs. We found ourselves standing amongst the Lemon Balm, a beautiful plant that is said to “make the heart merry”- indeed it did. As we picked, weeded, gathered and brought back our bounty, I was completely astounded as to how much therapy a garden visit can be. Feeling the abundance that is in bloom right now, and harvesting on this harvest moon, brought me gently back to earth. When in doubt, get in the garden.