Folklore

Spring Garden Guide

by Seasonal Wisdom on March 10, 2014

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Spring is right around the corner.  I know it’s hard to believe in some parts of the country. But it’s not too soon to start sowing seeds for spring and summer food harvests … or at least, thinking about what you might want to plant when the soil finally thaws.

To get your garden off to a great start, here is a mini Spring Garden Guide with some of Seasonal Wisdom’s favorite resources. It’s illustrated with photos from the inspiring 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle. Come take a peek. Read the full article →

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The Beauty of Snow in Images and Quotes

by Seasonal Wisdom on January 28, 2014

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“Is it snowing where you are? All the world that I see from my tower is draped in white and the flakes are coming down as big as pop-corns,” writes Jean Webster in the 1912 novel Daddy Long-Legs.

In honor of this extra-snowy winter—when even the South is seeing plenty of white stuff—Seasonal Wisdom dedicates this post to the beauty of snow, with photos from Our Life in Idaho blog and various quotes.

Come take a minute to remember how gorgeous a snowy winter day can be, especially when you don’t need to drive anywhere! All photos copyright Our Life in Idaho. Read the full article →

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Full Moon Names of the Year

January 15, 2014
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Over the centuries, cultures around the world have given specific full moon names for each month.  These full moon names tell us much about the way these early cultures set schedules for hunting, planting and harvesting. They also explain how plants, animals and weather patterns typically behave during a particular month.  Photo courtesy FrenchFinds.co.uk/Flickr. In […]

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The Firewood Poem

January 8, 2014
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When burning a proper fire, the types of woods you use matter a great deal. Which firewoods burn best? The Firewood Poem by Lady Celia Congreve gives helpful advice on this topic. This poem was believed to be first published in the Times on March 2, 1930, but it mentions old folklore and shares knowledge that dates […]

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Happy Holidays!

December 23, 2013

From our house to yours, our warmest wishes for a happy holiday season — and a great start in 2014.  As the old weather proverb advises, “If Christmas day be bright and clear, they’ll be two winters in the year.” Stay warm and cozy wherever you are. For more holiday folklore, history, vintage cards and […]

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An Edible Seasonal Tablescape

December 10, 2013
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This edible seasonal tablescape was specially created by Nell Foster of Joy Us garden. The talented book author and professional decorator agreed to share her secrets with Seasonal Wisdom readers, so you can create this beautiful table decoration yourself this holiday season. On this project, Nell brings along the professional decorating skills she garnered while […]

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Happy Vintage Halloween

October 30, 2013
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To all the Seasonal Wisdom readers out there … Happy Vintage Halloween! This autumnal holiday is one of our favorites, particularly all the strange and wonderful Halloween superstitions, folklore and strange facts. Come join us as we look back at this popular holiday, whose history is stranger than fiction. All these vintage Halloween cards are […]

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Celebrate the Fire in Summer Feng Shui

July 25, 2013
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Contributor: Seasonal Wisdom is delighted to provide this summer Feng Shui advice from NY-based consultant Ann Bingley Gallops of Open Spaces Feng Shui.  You may remember her Feng Shui advice about fall, winter and spring already. Learn how you can use the timeless lessons of Feng Shui to enjoy this season to the fullest. Here’s what Ann has […]

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Chinese Solar Calendar: A Traditional Way of Looking At Time

December 26, 2012
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Contributor: As another New Year begins, it’s interesting to consider the traditional Chinese solar calendar, which featured 24 mini-seasons closely tied to what was happening in the natural world.  These 24 solar terms helped farmers remember their way through nature’s growing cycles. This sounded like a topic we had to explore further at Seasonal Wisdom, […]

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Vintage Christmas Cards – Part 2

December 21, 2012
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Another holiday season is here.  And it appears we have survived the “End of the World,” as Dec. 21, 2012 is nearly over as I write this post.  That’s a relief. Even though 2012 has been a rough year for many, it’s nice to know we have turned the corner, and that 2013 is nearly […]

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