Happy Spring! This year we are treated to a rare trifecta of astronomical phenomena today: the vernal equinox, a total solar eclipse, and a supermoon! The night and the day are roughly equal, and the Northern Hemisphere prepares for the growing season.
As the East Coast gets pummeled with more winter weather, spring has sprung early here in northern California, thanks to climate change and our long drought. The garden volunteers are some of my favorites: grape hyacinth, forget-me-nots – I have always loved the blues. Ceanothus threatens to outshine the color of the sky, alive with the sonorous buzz of honeybees, bumblebees, and other pollinators. A wonderful recent article highlights the importance to plant for wildlife: bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and birds.
Our winter garden bestowed us with salads by such good fortune. Outside harvesting radish or arugula, or pulling weeds, I hear the scratch of the neighbors’ metal rake. I am fully in the moment, yet at the same time aware that at some point, many years from now, someone else will be tending the yard. Or maybe it will become an entirely different place. Strange, the concept of owning land, when we are just borrowing it for a brief moment in time!
What are some of your favorite equinox traditions?