Rhythms of the Year


From Hereabout Hill by Seàn Rafferty

From Hereabout Hill
the sun early rising
looks over his fields
where the river runs by;
at the green of the wheat
and the green of the barley
and Candlelight Meadow
the pride of his eye.

The clock on the wall
strikes eight in the kitchen
the clock in the parlour
says twenty to nine;
the thrush has a song
and the blackbird another
the weather reporter
says cloudless and fine.

It’s green by the hedge
and white by the peartree
in Hereabout village
the date is today;
and the time is the springtime
the first of the month
and the month is May.

I adore this poem; it really captures the essence of the time of year through colours, sounds and light. This is the perfect season for exploring the great outdoors, whether in your garden, across the fields or along the hedgerows.

I was lucky enough to have a childhood in the heart of the countryside, which meant being outside much of the time; watching the weather, playing out till late on summer evenings, picking and eating fruit and veg and knowing the ground was warm enough for planting seeds.

I learnt the names of the trees bursting with blossom, how to identify plants from their emerging leaves and most importantly to me as a florist now, the seasonal flowers month by month – my Mum showed me how to cut and condition a bucketful of ingredients ready for arranging in vases for the house. In this way, knowing and feeling the seasons became a way of life for me and still helps shape the rhythm of my year.

If you can, make the time to get outdoors today: see the hedgerows and fields gradually transforming from the dusky greys, browns and purples of winter to vibrant greens, pinks and yellows of spring and summer. Feel the weather on your face, stop and listen to the birds, look closely at the blossom and flowers, sow some seed and enjoy everything this season brings!

Sue x
Garden Gate Flowers
Tel: 07933736988
E-mail: sue@gardengaterugby.co.uk
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