My favourite flower is the Auricula. The Hellebore is next in line. I love the colours and the mystery that comes with this flower. Some call it the Lenten Rose or the Christmas Rose. Not a Rose actually but from the buttercup family. It has over the years been shrouded in mystery and witchcraft. Much as I like the idea of witches making flying ointment and invisibility powder from the plant, I love that it can mean hope as well. It blooms from beneath the snows of Winter, flowering on dark winter days, reminding us all that Spring is on the way. Hope is very much what is needed at the moment and so I am very happy I have some Hellebores at home in our Winter garden reminding me that within, there is something stronger.
We’re going back to play with the fairies today to look for fairy toadstool rings. Where to look:on light soils in mixed woodland and heaths among birch, pine and spruce. They’ve been there since late summer and will be until the first frosts of winter.
As the 1958 number 3 in the pop charts song went, and happily still goes today: ‘When it’s Spring again I’ll bring again Tulips from Amsterdam With a heart that’s true I’ll give to you Tulips from Amsterdam I can’t wait until the day you fill These eager arms of mine Like the windmill keeps…
We are blessed with some version of a blue sky all year. My Winter wreath section has streaks of a cloudy, rainy sky but with the promise of some crisp winter sun. A reminder of what we’ve had and what will be.
There are still plenty of places available for the workshops taking place in 2014. Find out more about what you can make for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, or just brush up on your sewing skills.
Sunday 17th August 2014 – Charity Vintage Tea Party and Sale of Work – raising money for the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team.
Thank you for joining the Spring KAL. Thank you also to the knitters of the Winter KAL whom I asked to send me their favourite Spring words. They sent me lots and I’ve use them as my inspiration for the next 20 days of projects.