I’m making dandelion wine! Shades of Ray Bradbury, I thought, his nostalgic novel in my head as I picked these bright beauties in the yard. I feared that we’d take away all the nourishment of our burgeoning bee and butterfly population, but the next day, all the new buds had opened to take the place of the old blooms.
The equinox occurs when our Earth’s equator passes the center of, and its axis tilts neither toward nor away from, the sun. The word is Latin for “equal night,” and on these two days every year, night and day are the same length (as opposed to the solstices, which have either the year’s longest day or longest night).
On this vernal occasion many cultures have for thousands of years celebrated the coming of longer days, and looked forward to the new planting season. B. and I went to a local seed swap, a great way to get rid of extra seeds, pick up new ones free, and meet neighbors and local farmers. As the days lengthen and our seeds quicken in the ground, my thoughts turn more to the outdoors, to planting and sowing our crops, and to sharing the bounty and serene greenery of our garden.