The weeks of late winter seem to just drag on, especially for those living in colder climates. This can be an especially trying time for gardeners. We’re eager to get started on those landscape projects. Meanwhile, here are some garden-related ideas to help you cope with those late winter blahs.
Treat yourself to a spa experience. For this to happen, there’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars. If you happen to have some herbs you harvested from your garden, now is the time to enjoy them. Lavender would be just perfect. Set aside some time, perhaps an evening, and you’ll feel refreshed as a result.
Anyone who does crafts knows just how relaxing these can be. There is no shortage of ideas, including projects with garden-related themes. Just in time for spring Mt. Redoubt Designs by renowned artist Leticia Hutchings has released its new seasonal patterns. “Nature’s Sweet Kiss” wall hanging is quick and easy, and features spring flowers and other seasonal spring motifs that you’ll just love.
For those who sew, this is a perfect time to whip up some garden aprons, and heavy-duty garden clothes designed to withstand wear and tear. Whether you’re a novice or experienced seamstress, “More Fabric Savvy” by Sandra Betzina from Taunton Press, is the ultimate guide to choosing fabrics. The author is host of HGTV’s “Sew Perfect.” In this easy-to-use reference guide, she presents all the details you need to know on a hundred different kinds of fabrics. There are the latest tips on all the new kinds of threads and fabrics along with other useful sewing tips.
Though the weather may be horrible, many people find that winter is a time of reflection, a time to explore the spiritual aspects of their lives. Hay House has released a ground-breaking title that ties our lives to the seasons and encourages spiritual and personal action for the common good. Author Glennie Kindred has written and illustrated “Earth Wisdom-a Heartwarming Mixture of the Spiritual, the Practical, and the Proactive.” For each season of the year, she provides background and details for different earth-centered events and the plants used for each. For example, Imbolc, which is celebrated in early February, involves gathering twigs from willow and other plants to weave an Imbolc ring.
New Page Books has published “A Wiccan Formulary and Herbal” by A.J. Drew, which will be of interest to gardeners. The author provides a complete plant-by-plant herbal listing and formulary with the plants and their properties, and recommendations on which ones to use during the various cycles of the moon. He includes recipes and details for all sorts of remedies, cures, incense, oils, and brews. There are instructions for harvesting, preserving, and using the herbs.
Winter is a great time for exploring plant folklore. The tree of life is a sacred symbol for many cultures, and the place to start in this exploration process is “Myths of the Sacred Tree” by Moyra Caldecott. This was published by Destiny Books/Inner Traditions, and features illustrations by Anthea Toorchen. From all over the world the author collected myths that relate to the life-affirming symbolism of trees. For each one, she presents the myth, its significance with lists of sourcebooks for each.