Imbolc, snowdrops, exciting new products and a special offer at the end.
As the days lengthen I am starting to think about the garden, getting the potting shed organized and starting to sow some of the first hardy seeds. Sweet peas are one of my favorites and the first I always sow. I am planning a little giveaway of some of my saved seed over on Instagram so if you don't follow me there head over to check it out.
On your local walks you may have seen the first heralds of Spring popping up- the charming snowdrop or Galianthus. There are over 2,500 different varieties of snowdrop in the UK and if you are keen on them you could class yourself as a galianthophile. Though many of the estate walks and gardens may be closed this year you can still head to your local woods to try and spot as many different varieties as you can.
At this time of year it is also the festival of Imbolc on 1st February. I love celebrating the old Gaelic festivals as a way to mark the cyclical rhythm of nature and the year. Imbolc marks the beginning of Spring and the stirring of new life.
Our traditions include making a candle outside, this is how I do it:
-digging a small hole in the ground
-melting beeswax (or any other wax you have) over a double boiler
-tying a wick to a small stick on one end and a stone on the other and placing in the hole (stone down)
- pour your molten wax in the hole and let set
-trim the wick and remove the stick
We will light this whilst enjoying a special (wrapped up) tea time reading seasonal books such as The Story of the Root Children by Sybil von Olfers and Brigid's Cloak by Bryce Milligan.
A Few New Products
I have just brought out the 500 ml refill bottle for the calming sanitiser spray, a great sustainable solution. Each aluminium bottle gives you 10 refills of your original glass spray bottle so you can keep you hands clean, soft and smelling beautiful for longer.
For ease of refill I also sell a mini steel funnel which fits perfectly in the neck of the 50ml glass bottle. As as a special offer to my newsletter readers the first five customers buying refill bottles will get a free funnel, just add both the refill and funnel to your cart and use the code 'springiscoming'.
And if you are looking for the perfect valentines gift my new Geranium Lovers Gift Box is sure to fit the bill. In the Victorian language of flowers pink geraniums symbolize tenderness, affection and true friendship. This set includes one geranium, mint and rosemary soap and one cottage garden 50 ml calming sanitiser spray with complimentary gift wrapping and I can include a hand written note.