Gardener’s Muse Day – February 2012

As I complete this monthly series paying homage to Edith Holden, I thank her for writing her diary and sharing it with us so many years ago.

February, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

This month derives its name from the word februare, to purify or from Februa, the Roman festival of . . . → Read More: Gardener’s Muse Day – February 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – January 2012

The month of January, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

Named from the Roman god Janus, who is represented with two faces looking in opposite directions, – as retrospective to the past, and prospective to, the coming year.

And an interesting motto that Ms. Holden has been kind enough to . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – January 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – December 2011

The month of December, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

December was the last month of the old Roman year which was divided into ten months. The Saxons called it ‘winter-monat’ or winter month, and ‘heligh-monat,’ or holy month from the fact that Christmas fell with it. The 22nd of December is . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – December 2011

Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – November 2011

The month of November, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”…

The ninth month of the old Roman year, which began with March. The 11th of November was held to mark the beginning of Winder. The Anglo-Saxon name for November was ‘Blot-monath’, (Blood-month the latter name probably alluding to the custom of slaughtering . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day – November 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – August 2011

The month of August, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

This month received it’s present name from the Emperor Augustus, and was selected not as being his natal month, but because in it his greatest good fortune happened to him. As July contained 31 days, and August only 30, it was . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – August 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – July 2011

Edith Holden, today you have been pre-empted for an important message from one Miss Gracie Meitzler. Edith, I have enjoyed posting religiously on Muse Day from your “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”, but not today, not this Muse Day. Today belongs to Gracie.

Gracie and her mom, Carrie, gave my garden TLC while I . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – July 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – June 2011

The month of June, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

In the old Latin calendar June was the fourth month. Ovid states that this month received it’s name in honour of Juno, other writers connect the term with the consulate of Junius Brutus. Probably however it has an agricultural reference, and . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – June 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – May 2011

The month of May, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

The name of this month is of doubtful origin. Ancient writers suggest it to be derived from Maia, the mother of Mercury; to whom the Romans were accustomed to sacrifice to on the first day of the month.

And from the . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – May 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – April 2011

The month of April, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

The name of this month is derived from the Greek word fo ‘opening’. In many countries of Europe the first of April has for long been appropriated to a facetious custom for which no satisfactory origin has yet been assigned. To . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – April 2011

Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – March 2011

The month of March, per Edith Holden’s “Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady” …

As in the Roman year, so in the English ecclesiastical calendar used in 1752, this was the first month, and the legal year commenced on the 25th of March. Scotland changed the first month to January in 1599. This month was . . . → Read More: Gardener Bloggers’ Muse Day – March 2011