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Imbolc: a Celebration of Rebirth


The earth-centered holiday of Imbolc is a time of celebration and ritual of rebirth, often including Brighid, the goddess of the hearth.

This also begins an annual time of purification and new beginnings — “the first stirring of seeds or spring flowers” in the winter earth. Obviously I’m a little ahead of the season with my Amaryllis bulbs inside. But hey, their beautiful blooms make me smile through the gray cold and encourage my patience for the several hundred other springtime bulbs that will soon bloom here at the Healthy Home Habitat house, 25 Beech Street, Keene, NH.

There will first be scatterings of Crocus, Snow on the Mountain, Snowdrops and the bright yellow carpets of Winter Aconite throughout the front, side and back gardens. Then carpets of Lenten Rose, Scilla and Lungwort will bloom along the walkway gardens as well as a front yard arc of Daffodils. The gravel parking lot will have bright spots of early species Tulips at the base of the white picket fence. The north garden will become a carpet of snow white Trillium fading to a lovely pink. And finally a backyard spiral of fabulous Daffodils which will then transform into the dramatic Allium christophii.

May you find encouragement, on this winter day, in this bountiful beauty lying quietly in the chilly ground just beginning to wake from slumber -long before we see their blooms come all the way to the surface, pushing up and through their leafy winter blanket.

Consider this your early invitation to a spring pollinator feast, in particular for our bumblebees waking up hungry from their hibernation. #bulbsathome #readyforspring #flowersnotlawn #pollinatorfeast #feedthebeesathome #feedthebees #feedthebeesleavetheweeds Thank you Diana Damato, you always inspire me!