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Some days I think I need nothing
more in life than a spoon.
With a spoon I can eat oatmeal
Or take the medicine doctors prescribe
I can swat a fly sleeping on the sill
or pound the table to get attention.
I can point accusingly at God
or stab the empty air repeatedly.
Looking into the spoon’s mirror,
I can study my face in its shiny bowl,
or cover one eye to make half the world
disappear.  With a spoon
I can dig a tunnel to freedom
spoonful by spoonful of dirt,
or waste life catching moonlight
and flinging it into the blackest night.

— Richard Jones

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Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow–
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand–
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep–while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

By Edgar Allan Poe

To realize the value of ONE MONTH,
ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of ONE WEEK,
ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of ONE HOUR,
ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of ONE MINUTE,
ask a person who missed the train.

To realize the value of ONE SECOND,
ask a person who just avoided an accident.

To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND,
ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have!
Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present!

I am tired of the imposed rhythms of men,
Tethered time, restrained and trained
To a monotonous beat
Digital time blinking exactness
Unliving.
~Phillip Pulfrey

Sometimes I feel that life is passing me by, not slowly either, but with ropes of steam and spark-spattered wheels and a hoarse roar of power or terror.  It’s passing, yet I’m the one who’s doing all the moving.  ~Martin Amis

Time is the fire in which we burn.  ~Delmore Schwartz

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.  ~James Matthew Barrie

The flower that you hold in your hands was born today and already it is as old as you are.  ~Antonio Porchia

The years like great black oxen tread the world
And God, the herdsman, goads them on behind.
~William Butler Yeats

Whether we wake or we sleep,
Whether we carol or weep,
The Sun with his Planets in chime,
Marketh the going of Time.
~Edward Fitzgerald

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  ~Dion Boucicault

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.  ~Louis Hector Berlioz

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1. Fencing and Walls

It was common for medieval gardens to be enclosed. The enclosure could range from anything such as a dirt mound, fencing, a wall built of brick or stone or any type of structure that would be at least two and a half feet tall. The taller the better.

2. Trellises

A trellis can be made out of anything. A simple one can be made by making a tall frame out of boards (a rectangle) and then nailing chicken wire to it or you could use lattice to make it look prettier. Leave at least two feet at the bottom without any trellis so you can stick it in the ground or nail it to something for support. The size is up to you. Medieval gardens loved vines that had pretty blooms or a fragrant scent. You can place the trellis along your enclosure, near entry ways or gates, in your garden bed or in a corner.

3. The Garden Bed

Raised beds were used because they provided the best irrigation and also for appearance. An easy way to make a raised garden bed is to buy 3 – 10 by 2 by 8 foot boards and cut one in half. Again the size depends on you. Keep in mind that you don’t want to make your garden more than four feet wide because it might be difficult to weed or get to your plants. Once you have your boards pre-drill three holes at each end where the screws will connect to another board. Use decking screws and not nails for this. You’re basically putting together a frame and it requires little skill (but you’ll be so happy when you see what you’ve built). Once you have your raised garden bed positioned where you want it, lay down a few layers of newspaper to keep weeds from growing. Fill it in with dirt and then add your plants. If you want more than one raised garden then position them in a design or pattern.

4. Walk Ways and Water Features

Walk ways can be made out of concrete, gravel or stones. You can purchase individual types of walkway steps at stores like home depot. The patterns can range from brick to stone and might be cheaper than making an concrete walkway. Its up to you though. Place the walkway around your gardens, seats or fountains. Be creative with it. A water feature can be placed anywhere but a perfect place would be to put it in the exact center of your garden if its not too large or by a seating area. You can use a fountain, a small pond or a water garden as your water feature.

5. Trees

If you have room then consider planting a fruit tree as these were common in higher and lower class medieval gardens.

6. What to plant in your Garden

Medieval gardens did not labels plants as herbs or vegetables. They were labeled according to their uses such as food, dyes, medicinal, religious, pleasure, etc. When planted in the garden they were also grouped together according to their purpose.

A Food garden would include plants such as cucumber, carrots, leeks, lettuce, marshmallow root, nettle, onion, radish, sorrel and lovage.

Here is a short list of other trees, plants and herbs to include in your medieval garden:

  • Sage
  • Vervain
  • Rose
  • Violets
  • Marigold
  • Iris
  • Primrose
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Orange
  • Pear
  • Pomegranate
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Tansy
  • Feverfew
  • Agrimony

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This was taken today

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These flowers are lovely. They are called Jonquils. Once planted they will return year after year and are usually the first flowers to appear, at least in my yard, in the spring. I saw them start appearing a few weeks ago but today is when the blooms started to open. In a few days the blooms will open completely. Jonquils can grow in full sun or in partially shaded areas. I planted mine in the corners of my yard, around trees and shrubs and as a border to a walkway.

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I took these photos a couple of days ago

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The rainbow I could see from my house

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In Greek mythology Iris was the Goddess of the rainbow. Her name has two meanings which are rainbow and messenger. When a rainbow was seen it was thought that Iris was delivering a message from the Gods and the rainbow was her path from the sky to the Earth or Sea.

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Due to a recent incident, I will be using my other blog for posting about my personal life. I will remain using this blog for gardening, wicca, paganism, random stuff, humor and all the other topics I write about. If you want the link to my other blog just ask me because I will not post it on here.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Imbolc. Spring is just around the corner 🙂

Oh, I plan to make a few post and new videos about witchcraft and gardening soon because its almost that time of the year again. I’m so excited. I’ve already started work on the garden in my yard. I built at least four raised bed gardens the other day.  Yeah they were “easy” to make but lifting the boards and then dragging them in place was the worst part. At least its done though.

I Love you all

Brightest Blessings. Have a great day 🙂

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