I know that it’s not the 1st of March quite yet, but I thought I would post my seasonal plans for the month ahead of time for a change :o)
March is an in-between month, it straddles the seasons. Winter in the first half and spring bouncing in just over half-way through the month. Already there are signs that the world is once again on the brink of suddenly springing to life once more – which is probably where the name ‘Spring’ comes from! The Latin name for this season wasverwhich come from the wordvernal, hence – Vernal Equinox – the astrological start of the new season.
Although this can be a turbulent month weather-wise, I have to say that I LOVE March. So many wonderful feast days fall in this month and what with all the changes taking place in nature – what’s not to love?
Liturgically this month marks the start of the Eastertide season. Springtime and Eastertide – inextricably linked here in the Northern Hemisphere. This is such a joyous time is it not? I find that there is such hope around this time of the year.
With so much happening this month – there is ample opportunity to plan some wonderful things to bless your home and family. Here are some of my plans for March 2014 :o)
Flower: Violet or Daffodil
Full Worm Moon – 16th
March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb
March winds and April showers bring forth May’s flowers
Faith:: Liturgical year
1st – St Davids Day (Patron Saint of Wales)
4th – Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day
5th – Ash Wednesday – Lent begins
17th – St Patrick’s Day (Patron Saint of Ireland)
Life in March 2014
10th – Commonwealth Day
3rd – My godmothers birthday
16th – My Lovely sister’s Birthday
20th – Vernal Equinox
30th – Mothering Sunday
30th – British Summer Time Begins
Daffodils in bloom
Crocus popping up
frosts and snow still possible! (Our heaviest snow of 2013 was in March!)
Camellia in bloom
Toads and frogs spawning
Nesting sites being sought out
Lambing season (Lambing Live showing this year – check out ‘Homeschooling)
Vernal Equinox – 20th
Mad March Hares boxing
Hazel Catkins everywhere (aka lambs tails)
Clear pathways of winter moss
Dig over and compost veggie beds
sow first salad crops, cabbages, broad beans, early carrots and turnips
Plant early potatoes
Sow more tender veg seeds indoors
Prune Rose bushes (when forsythia comes out in flower it’s time to prune the roses!)
Snail watch! Keep an eye out for these pesky creatures!
Spring Cleaning – draw up a schedule for the month
Make a spring wreath
Celebrate spring with a matchbox garden
Start Easter stitching
Lambing Live on BBC 2 24 – 29 March
I’m always interested to see how others mark the seasons and months in their homes. Do you have anything special planned for this lovely month of March?
I will leave you with a sweet little poem that has Marches personality down to a tee! Hope you have a lovely March 1st everyone :o)…
The sunshine gleams so bright and warm,
The sky is blue and clear.
I run outdoors without a coat,
And spring is almost here.
Then before I know it,
Small clouds have blown together,
Till the sun just can’t get through them,
And again, it’s mitten weather.
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