The First Day of Spring

The First Day of Spring

The First Day of Spring

Weather persons have their own view on it and for the sake of tidiness, like to round up the beginning of Spring at the beginning of March, but for those who like to follow the traditions of marking the seasons it’s always March 21st, The Vernal Equinox.

The word ‘equinox’ comes from the latin “aequus” and translates to equal. Its use in both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox is thought to have its origins in a term for ‘equal light’ and the length of night and day is almost equal at these times of year.

In the past, before the present Gregorian calendar was in use, the start of the year was not on January the first, but on or around March 15th. Since society was heavily dependent on agriculture it made sense to order the year around Sun and it’s life giving qualities.

The Vernal Equinox was and is regarded as a period of rebirth or new life springing forth. The Saxons viewed it as a time of fertility celebrated with the goddess Eostre who Easter became named after.

For gardeners the lengthening days signal the start of new a new year in the garden when all haste must be employed in sowing seeds and preparing flower beds and vegetable patches. It’s a good time to have a really good tidy up and clear last years debris too.

Once you have your reclaimed your garden back from the ravishes of winter you might want to think ahead to warmer days with lunch on the patio and time to relax and take in the results of your hard work. Garden accessories can often enhance aspects of your outdoor space such as these signs and hangers available from They are great value and will really enhance your garden.

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