Spirit of Summer
Summer is the time of festivals, the season for camp . . . The spirit of summer seems to call for being outgoing, for assembling with others in groups, for finding a place in your tribe. Read more . . .
Celebrating Summer Solstice
As the name Midsummer indicates, Summer Solstice is the height of the summer. The sun is in its glory, yet about to make its descent...
Temple of Rhododendrons
Prior to my observation I had a lot of disdain for rhododendrons...but going through Goethe's process of observation changed my perspective...
Preserving Summer Herbs
By Erin Fossett: One way to celebrate the energy of September is to preserve the flavors and scents of summer through herbal teas, vinegars, flavored oils, and honeys.
Making Midsummer Wreaths
The floral wreaths of Midsummer are tossed into the Solstice bonfire in celebrations...
WAVERLY'S BLOGLink Love: plants and people
I really liked my friend Joanna Powell Colbert’s idea of declaring Friday (or Freya’s Day) as Link Love day and posting some of her favorite links from the past week. (Love because Freya is the Norwegian goddess just as the name for Friday in Latin and other Romance languages refers to Venus.) So I’ve been collecting some links that I loved this past week and wanted to share them with you. Almost all came from following the threads... [Read more]
SIGNS OF THE SEASONWordless Wednesday: Rainy Tuesday, Sunny Wednesday
Nature in PlaceSlow Flowers
Dahlias by Debra Prinzig I’m a big fan of Debra Prinzig. Naturally. Since she wrote a book called Slow Flowers (it was originally titled A Year in Flowers which worried me a little since that’s the working title for the book I’m writing about connecting with nature in my city neighborhood). Debra is a garden writer who became alerted to the issues inherent in purchasing flowers after reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential, which... [Read more]
SeasonsA Seasonal Pilgrimage
This idea for attuning with a season comes from William Whittmann, a Seattle therapist, who sponsored pilgrimages on the equinoxes and solstices to sacred sites in the city. He chose to align himself with the solar markers of the seasons, those days when the season shifts (or reaches its peak): the equinoxes and the solstices. During the six weeks before the pilgrimage date, he meditated on the season and its metaphors (such as the element (earth... [Read more]