It’s a special time of year, the changing of the cold into the warm, so we think it’s worth celebrating with some special spring rituals!
I think we only understood the true meaning of the Easter holiday being in the Northern Spring last year when our family had waited a whole winter for our newly hatched quails to start laying eggs, and they finally did at the start of September! In the north, Easter is a celebration of the end of winter, and the reappearance of eggs, new growth and life from the frozen earth. In the Southern Hemisphere we’re round the wrong way for any of these traditional holiday rituals to make any sense at all. But spring here is still special, even if the Easter bunny isn’t visiting with chocolate eggs! Here’s 5 special ways you can celebrate the changing of the season…
Sprays of golden wattle blossoms emerge at the end of winter and into early spring, so they are the perfect emblem of this time of year down under! Weaving a simple garland of wattle flowers to hang on your door or wear in your hair is an easy way to get into the swing of spring and celebrate the season with a special spring ritual, one which children will especially love!
Dyeing with oxalis
Our Pip Crafty Queen Deborah Brearley waits all year long for oxalis flowers to emerge in September to make her beautiful natural yellow dyes! Check out Pip Issue 7 for her simple instructions on dyeing naturally with foraged ingredients.
It’s not just lush garden growth that happens when the weather starts to warm up, weeds love warm weather too, and many weedy delicacies start to emerge at this time of year, including onion weed, dandelion flowers and chicory. Making a delicious hortapita or Greek Weed Pie is easy as pie (well, even easier, if you buy the filo pastry!) and tastes most delicious at this time of year because of the bounty available.
Plant tomato seeds
Spring rituals for most gardeners inevitably involve planting for the coming warm, but we reckon it’s something pretty special sowing seeds of the queen of summer vegetables – tomato! We love to drool over seed catalogues and decide which varieties we will grow this year, then sow them lovingly indoors to sprout before hardening them up outdoors.
Many frogs start calling in early spring and late winter, so this is a great time to get out and about and start doing some citizen science! Being a frog monitor is easy, and a great (and useful) way to connect with your local environment.