Monday, May 19, 2008

May Full Moon, Moon Phase Gardening, the Recycled Garden and Monday Feelgoods

May Full Moon

The Moon will be Full tonight:

Sydney, Australia - 1.11pm AEDT May 20
Los Angeles, USA - 7.11pm PDT May 19
London, England - 3.11am May 20

(from Yasmin Boland)

There are lots of names for the May Full Moon:

Milk Moon (Colonial American)
Planting Moon (Chinese)
Panther Moon (Choctaw)
Bright Moon (Celtic)
Hare Moon (English Medieval)
Grass Moon (Neo Pagan)

Moon When Leaves Are Green, Moon To Plant (Dakotah Sioux)

Many of these are names that reflect the new growth of Nature. It would seem another great time to plant new seeds, literally and figuratively.

Planting Seeds

I'm busy planting seeds of all kinds at the moment. I am developing a new Channel on Helium, for Single Parents and designing the Student Mum website, both of which need nuturing and both of which I look forward to watching blossom. (Any suggestions for both would be gladly welcomed.)

There is also a new Mentoring Channel on Helium, another small seed filled with infinite possibilities. If you have mentoring experience of any kind, your insight would be much appreciated and valued.

A Recycled Garden

I have also spent lots of time in the garden over the past couple of weeks.

I am on a mission to create a garden without spending any money. This has included recycling the hedge cuttings. Youngest daughter and I have made little fences for borders in the flowerbeds, wigwams for peas and sweet peas, a bird house and a woven heart. We even made a usable bench from an old bunk bed, a large brick (hammer) and string ... no kidding! I've put the photos and comments on flickr because it's easier than putting them on here!

I'm a bit concerned for the safety of a pair of blackbirds who appear to be on a suicide mission. They're building a nest in the beech hedge on the other side of the path just outside our front garden. Not content with building a home in such a daft place, they've taken to thoroughly harrassing Tizzy!

For some strange reason, they spend most of the day dancing, right in front of her nose as she tries to chill out in the garden, hurling a barrage of abuse at her. So far she has pretty much ignored them, but I'm worried she's just biding her time until they have a nest full of babies to raid. Mind you, if they carry on spending so much time entertaining Mrs. Tizzywinkle, they'll never finish their nest.

I wonder if they're telling her they know she's there and they're not scared of her. But such a strategy is very risky ... all they've done is advertise their new home and thoroughly annoy the ur-cat at the same time!

Moon Phase Gardening

The phases of the moon have long been associated with agriculture and horticulture and are the foundation of Biodynamic Gardening.

The New Moon is considered a time to plant seeds. The waxing phase following the new moon, when the moonlight gradually increases, is said to be good for encouraging foliage growth. The waning moon following a full moon is said to be a time when root growth is encouraged.

So, on both counts I have made mistakes this week. I have scattered seeds left over from last year all over the garden and transplanted a hydrangea (I think) from an overgrown corner into the middle of the front garden. Not the best timing as far as lunar gardening goes, but the only timing I had available ... the results will be interesting.

The Benefits of Gardening

It's so lovely to get back into the garden, the therapeutic benefits are diverse.

Benefits to mental, physical and spiritual health are all available in the garden. Gardening is even used to treat illness or addiction, or to reintegrate people into the community after recovery. A garden is a useful place for teaching and learning. From basic literary and numeracy skills to social skills, horticulture is a useful educational resource.

This is something I know Dave Riddell will agree with. His Outdoor Classrooms projects embody the philosophy of natural learning alongside supporting the environment.

Fresh Air Feelgoods

Feelgoods to start your week, all about spending time reconnecting with nature or simply enjoying the fresh air:

* Buy a bag of rose petals from a florist and scatter them around your house.

* Go hunting for shells on a beach.

* Rent a canoe or kayak and contemplate life.

* Go to an outdoor concert.

* Go to an observation point or scenic overlook and get some perspective.

Have a wonderful week!


More from Yasmin Boland:

How long since you read this?

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

- Marianne Williamson (not as often believed, Nelson Mandela - Mandela read it out at one of his most famous speeches, but the text is from Willamson's book Return To Love)




aliqot said...

Lovely post - I love gardens too, though ours is rather small. Still we'll try growing a few runner beans and tomatoes this year.

I like the Williamson quote (if I can take the God out of it). I've spent too much time trying to be insignificant - and succeeding!

And we have blackbirds nesting too near the cats as well.


Lane said...

The photos of your garden are beautiful. You're so clever. I love the bird house and the heart ... and the arch. I love all of it!

Excellent quote - and so true.

Moondreamer said...

Thank you, aliqot, glad you liked it!

We are blessed with 'garden' at the front, the side and the back of the house, but the very small front garden is the only one we have ever really conquered! There were some fab ideas for small gardens on the Chelsea Flower Show, did you see any of it this year?

Yes, great quote (without the God, too!) I have only recently realised this quote was not Mandela's!

Hope your blackbirds are faring well? Tizzy seems very uninterested this year (phew!) I have only had to drag her out of a bush once! lol


Lane, thank you!

I'm so glad you like the garden ... if you're ever passing, please call for afternoon tea among the sweet peas and woven art!

Meghan has now built and planted a raised veggie bed and started on a pond ... she has been bitten by the gardening bug at a much younger age than I was and it's lovely to see her so enjoying it all.


aliqot said...

I'm down in Bristol at the moment, but Harry tells me the blackbirds have fledged and the parents seem to have encouraged the youngs ones to leave our slightly dangerous area. Fingers crossed. We now have house-martins back for the 3rd or 4th year - I thought it was too late, but they returned last week and are doing runnning repairs on their nest.

Moondreamer said...

I can't believe I missed this, Aliqot, sorry for the late reply!

Wow! I love house-martins, I was watching the aerial acrobatics of a pair a few days ago ... how lovely! Am guessing they may well have built their nest, laid their eggs, hatched and fledged their young by now!


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