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Spring Equinox | Thoughts on the Well Dressing

Spring Equinox dressing

This Well dressing includes Thuja plicata, Pittosporum tenuifolium; budding leaf branches of hazel, medlar, silver birch and amelanchier; flowering branches of weeping cherry, ornamental quince and forsythia; alder cones; and flowers including primroses, polyanthus, hellebores and daffodils.

Spring Well Lantern

As we step into spring, this is a time of seeds, of propagation, of promise and of waking life. Within the dressing are the opening leaf buds of silver birch (Betula pendula). Birch is the first tree of the year in the Ogham, the Celtic tree calendar and its significance continues throughout several of the wheel of the year celebrations.

Spring hare

Many of the trees are female and partly because it opens its leaves early, this “Lady of the Woods” is associated with the spring fertility goddesses. Able to grow in harsher conditions, its mythology is interwoven in native Northern cultures in Europe, Russia, China and America. It is a pioneer tree, one of the first to regrow after natural disasters and can represent both renewal and protection. It is one of the trees important for forest food chains and supporting wildlife.

We have several silver birches in the garden including the one at “Berry Corner” by the shelter seat. About 20 years ago, Ark our head gardener, found a tiny 1-inch high seedling under a grandmother birch. He carefully dug it out, gathering the root ball and soil under it. He nurtured and nourished it, potting it on 5 or 6 times, each time holding a vision of what it could become with the right encouragement. Once it became a strong sapling, he planted it where it stands today, a mature, established and much-loved tree. It shows us every day what we can build, support and share with committed nurturing, knowledge and belief.

Clearly this also applies to us as human beings, encapsulated in a quotation shared by Anthony, our orchard keeper ~

“Everyone wants to be loved for who they are. When I appreciate others fully, it boosts their self-esteem and helps them pass on a loving attitude to others. Even though I may not see the results immediately, love always works.”

Dadi Janki of the Brahma Kumaris on Love in A Pocket Book of Virtue (2002)

If this dressing meets you in a place of joy, I hope it may help to expand your heart a little more. If you are in a place of sorrow, please know that if you wish, you are interwoven with its leaves and blossom. In either place, you are held in love.

With gratitude, love & blessings,

Penny (one of the gardeners)

22 thoughts on “Spring Equinox | Thoughts on the Well Dressing

  1. It is so obvious that these “Well Dressing” creations have been made with much care and love. Thank you for allowing us all to see their beauty and as a symbol of hope for both the present and the future.

    1. Thank you for kind comments, Chris. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings, Penny.

  2. Thank you Penny for your beautiful work.
    The posts and your replies illustrate just how love can multiply!

    1. What a lovely observation, Juliana. Thank you so much. Blessings, Penny.

  3. I loved this, it really gave me a boost and energised me out of my winter torpor.

    So looking forward to visiting the garden again.

    1. Thank you, Yule. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. We look forward to welcoming you when you are able to return. Blessings, Penny.

  4. So beautiful, these pictures are so heart-warming, inspiring and uplifting! Thank you so much for this post!
    Happy Spring Equinox to you all!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments, Anke. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings, Penny.

  5. Beautiful

    1. Thank you, Gill. Blessings to you.

  6. Absolutely Wonderful this Spring dressing and also the tender words of love and about the garden.

    1. Thank you, Faride, for your kind comments. I’m glad you enjoyed our Spring Equinox post. Blessings, Penny.

  7. What a beautiful post, thank you.

    1. Many thanks, Nettie. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Blessings, Penny.

  8. How beautiful

    1. It was a pleasure to do, Claire, thank you. Blessings, Penny.

  9. A beautiful post. The well looks so welcoming to the spring. Thank you for sharing this joy.

    1. Such a pleasure, Barbara. Thank you for your kind response. Blessings, Penny.

  10. Beautiful

    1. Thank you, Martin. Blessings, Penny.

  11. How very beautiful these words and images are. I thank you for them

    1. You’re so welcome, Lyn. Thank you for your kind response. Blessings, Penny.

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