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Marking the Months

Seasons from our garden - a dozen of Jean's photo cards on sale through her Etsy.com shop. www.etsy.com/uk/shop/JeanWilliamsonCards

Click to a larger version of Tin of Daffodils © Jean Williamson

Tin of Daffodils © Jean Williamson

Sunshine in a tin. Daffodils are the flower associated with 10th wedding anniversaries, and St Dewi (St David), 6th century monk and patron saint of Wales whose feast day is celebrated on 1st March. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/522226  ...  _home_active_11
Click to a larger version of Tulips. © Jean Williamson

Tulips. © Jean Williamson

The year is rapidly greening and every day I find new blossom in corners once bare. As we come up to Easter the 1st of our Tulips have opened their petals to the brief spells of sunshine. As ever, to avoid the Welsh wind, I had to take this selection to the relative calm of the greenhouse to photo them at rest. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/508420  ...  hop_home_feat_1
Click to a larger version of Peony Sarah Bernhardt. © Jean Williamson

Peony Sarah Bernhardt. © Jean Williamson

Perhaps because of the cold northerly wind we are getting dry, clear sunny days for a change. The severe frosts that have affected areas further south have not touched us. The swallows are back, our potatoes are planted, and the peony buds are swelling by the day. One of the first heralds of our summer; first comes the early double red, then the scented pink beauty of Sarah Bernhardt. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/153801  ...  p_home_active_8
Click to a larger version of Purple Meadow @ Jean Williamson

Purple Meadow @ Jean Williamson

I find that creating still life tableau can sometimes express emotions I can never capture in the wild. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/524333  ...  p_home_active_8
Click to a larger version of Raindrops on Lily Pads © Jean Williamson

Raindrops on Lily Pads © Jean Williamson

Where would our British summer be without the rain? Taken on a soft misty morning in July, and, yes, the colours are just as they were. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/467217  ...  _home_active_19
Click to a larger version of Marigold © Jean Williamson

Marigold © Jean Williamson

I got fed up with the constant rain, retired to greenhouse, and filled my eyes and head with colour. This is how bright I'd like August to be. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/544620  ...  p_home_active_4
Click to a larger version of Sun and Stars © Jean Williamson

Sun and Stars © Jean Williamson

With September comes the autumn equinox. While I’m still clinging to the illusion that it is still summer, the plants are reacting to the shorter days by turning into their autumn colour. Already there are a tints of red and yellow in the leaves. The darker evenings mean I notice the night sky more. To celebrate the turning point, or maybe morn the passing from summer to winter, I placed my sunflower in a night sky amongst constellations of flowers. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/544622  ...  p_home_active_3
Click to a larger version of Fun Faces © Jean Williamson

Fun Faces © Jean Williamson

The nights are drawing in. Time to ward off the start of winter with candles, pumpkins, falling leaves, and a little fun. I cut these faces from my own harvest - grown from seed saved from a squash that had cross pollinated with the courgettes! As any serious seed saver knows, don’t grow them in the same bed unless you want unexpected results. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/253050  ...  hop_home_feat_3
Click to a larger version of Autumn Face © Jean Williamson

Autumn Face © Jean Williamson

Inspired by the classic symbol of the Green Man that decorates many churches and secular buildings. It symbolises the seasonal and regenerative forces of nature. I used leaves, flowers, fruit, feathers and snail shells all collected from our garden to create this autumnal variant. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/569748  ...  p_home_active_4
Click to a larger version of Spiral of Candles © Jean Williamson

Spiral of Candles © Jean Williamson

The year is turning to the winter solstice and the shortest day. We need a bit of extra light to guide us on our way. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/555951  ...  hop_home_feat_1
Click to a larger version of Snowdrops on Ice ©Jean Williamson

Snowdrops on Ice ©Jean Williamson

The snowdrops are flowering again and bringing a welcome elegance to an otherwise wet and windy spring. St Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and is celebrated on 25th of January. Legend says she was a Celtic princess who was denied her true love by her father, so she moved to an isolated cell on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey and found solace in God and healing the sick. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/496031  ...  hop_home_feat_2
Click to a larger version of Snowdrops and Alder Nest ©Jean Williamson

Snowdrops and Alder Nest ©Jean Williamson

I like the story that in Medieval times people believed that birds starting mating and nesting in the middle of February, and that St Valentine's (a Roman saint with no connection to lovers) feast day on 14th Feb was usurped and reused to romantic love. Taking advantage of global warming our Collared Doves started nesting in January. www.etsy.com/uk/listing/496065  ...  p_home_active_4

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