Thursday, April 5, 2007

Happy Easter - Frohe Ostern -

decorating Easter Wells in Northern Bavaria, Germany
the Franconian Switzerland - Fränkische Schweiz

The decoration of the Easter wells, perhaps the most charming custom in the Fränkische Schweiz, has experienced a great revival in the last few years and has become a popular attraction. The easter eggs are painted by hand and some of the wells are decorated with tens of thousands of eggs.

People are now interested in how long this tradition has been in existence and how it came about.
The tradition’s origin cannot be determined exactly but the area in which it began can be narrowed down to the central region of the Fränkische Schweiz.

The main reason for decorating the wells and springs lies primarily in the significance of water as the life-giving element for the arid plateaux of the Fränkische Alb (Franconian Alps).
Before the advent of the central water supply system which we take for granted today, various wells and collecting tanks were constructed to counter the aridity as, for geological reasons, there were hardly any natural collection points for water in the Franconian mountains.
Generally it was the women who then drew the drinking water from these sources and hauled it laboriously to their dwellings. Naturally these sources were kept clean and well-tended and in some places the inhabitants erected a so-called well house over the well.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

spring has arrived on Canada's west coast, but we have to wait..

Butcharts Garden, Victoria, B. C. Canada

SPRING March 21st - June 14th

Spectacular spring bursts forth in a show of unparalleled beauty.
One of the finest displays in the world heralds the season with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom joined by a host of flowering trees and shrubs.
The Gardens are alive with the colours and scents of spring.

Der Frühling, beginnt mit einer wunderbare Ausstellung von mehr als 250 000 Osterglocken und Tulpen, und der Versunkene Garten bietet ein ganzes Aufgebot von atemberaubenden Frühlingsblüten.
Hunderte von blühenden Sträuchern und Bäumen, Rhododendren, Azaleen und Hartriegel zeigen ihre Knospen.
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Sunday, April 1, 2007

new garden handbook..

Found this wonderful book for $19.99 at our local wholesale warehouse. How could I resist ?

Botanica is a beautifully and profusely illustrated 1020-page compendium of more than ten thousand plants,
with complete, "user friendly" instructions on how to cultivate them.

Laid out alphabetically, this A to Z anthology is a virtual showcase of color photography
and is a pure pleasure to simply browse through,
in addition to being an indispensable planning guide (there is an exhaustive index)
or the family gardener or commercial horticulturalist.
The book has been very highly recommended for individual and academic gardening reference collections.
Published by Random House Australia 1997, 1998, 1999
ISBN: 10-3-8331-1253-0

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