Saturday, 31 December 2011
A positive start to the New Year.
Whilst in the village one day, I visited the little nursery that lives amongst the shops. I noticed a tray of rather unloved Cyclamen. I asked the owner if they were for sale. She said not really because they had been neglected and she did not know if they would do well. I offered to take them for a small sum (£5.00). She gladly accepted. I planted them under the Apple tree, added some smashed egg shells (which they love), watered them well and let them be. They have grown into the most beautiful plants and I love them for the sweet scent and dainty little flowers.
I would like to leave you with a passage from A Tree in my Pocket by Jacqueline Memory Paterson.
The Hazel Tree.......Magic and Inspiration.
Hazel has always been regarded as magical for its presence inspires our intuitional senses. It is called the poets tree, for in the mind of the ancients it had great associations with faerie lore and supposedly allowed entrance into such realms.
Druids carried rods made from hazel to gain poetic and magical inspiration.
The Hazel is powerful in early spring when its energy and sap are surging outward and in autumn, when its energy is contained within its harvest of magical nuts.
Hazel can be used for protection. Its ruling planets, the Sun and Mercury, make it a brilliant healing plant.
Happy New Year to each and every one of you.