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2 Mar

I wonder if winter is yet to come or if it was simply cancelled for this year. Well, here are a few snapshots of the first spring bloomers of 2014 that popped up this week! With the crocuses you could basically sit beside the flowers and watch them opening one after the other…

Letter from the Queen

3 Jul

BIS Letter

Well almost…

Today in the mail a letter from the British Iris Society (BIS), who were so kind to send me their last share of Iris attica seeds. Iris attica is a type of dwarf bearded iris native to Greece. It is mentioned as agallis in the Bouquet of Persephonê.

The seeds are needed for a project I have been working on during the past months together with Melitta Benu. Melitta contacted me while back with the plan to build a seed box for the goddess Persephonê (read more about my seed boxes here). So she was gathering info and sources on flowers, herbs and trees attributed to the semi-chthonian deity, whilst my job was to collect the respective seeds (and bulbs) as well as designing and constructing the box. With the seeds arrived now also the last missing link to be added to that box.

Iris seeds

If you are interested in irises, grow your own or seek to learn more about them you may contact the British Iris Society. More info can be found on their website.

My ‘sigil’ for the Iris:

Iris Seal

Raised bed finally finished

31 Aug

Here is my dad, putting final touches to the raised bed he built in the back of our garden

He had the idea to use sandstone boulders left over from the restoration of our house for constructing the border of a raised bed,  inspired by cloister garden architecture.  He also made sure to include a drainage, preventing the stones from cracking due to moistness and frost (forgott to take a photo of that, but basically just imagine a tube placed diagonal between the stones of the right wall). To the lower right, hidden behind the green forsythia branches, is also my sacrificial stone, on which I burnt incense and placed offerings etc. Now the stone completes the border. On the left side the stones are piled up losely and can become home to lizzards and other lovely creatures. 🙂

It yet has to be decided what to actually plant inside of there – from kitchen herbs to an entire Monkshood bed – I got many ideas. Perhaps I start with Fennel, Lovage, Germander and Santolina…