And thank goodness! 

It is always cold in the shop as the flowers prefer it. I have become well known for my almost uniform of velvet jacket, scarf and boots. I'm always freezing!

(I just got out my opened toed shoes last week! Hooray! Welcome back to the sunshine and breezes toesies!)

Our pomegranate and fig trees are in bloom again, and soon we will have fruit!


All of this, and well, just this time of year reminds me of Persephone. I feel a bit like her in the beginning of Spring. Freed, excited, renewed.

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest, considered Mother Nature. (Remember those commercials: You can't fool Mother Nature?) 

 

Persephone was a beauty and even Hades, god of the underworld wanted her for himself. One day, when she was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, (clearly she was a floral designer) the earth suddenly opened and Hades took her. I hate when that happens.

Broken-hearted, angry Demeter withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Nothing would grow, but her sadness. The sky would be bleak, the birds not care to sing.

They eventually reached a deal and Hades agreed to let Persephone return. He gave her a parting gift of a pomegranate to remember him by. The ingested pomegranate seeds served to anchor her the underworld, but only for a small portion of the year.

Demeter celebrated Persephone's return with... The Spring! Best party ever. A mother's celebration of birth, renewal, baby lambs and birds being born, green shoots pushing up through the earth, blue skies, and a return of warmth and happiness. 

A gorgeous explanation with all the intrigue and passion of Shakespearean play or Soap Opera, the simplicity and transparency of a childlike excuse for the unknown.


Her name means something like "she who takes the light."

But I always think of her as bringing it back. Shedding light on the ability and desire to not take things for granted, to appreciate the small things.

Like open toed shoes, and lilac bushes, Easter baskets and daffodils. Evening walks to enjoy a later sunset.

Here is my Spring inspiration today. I made a teeny tiny bouquet of hydrangea, waxflower, lilac leaf, and bear grass.


How cute is that?! Thanks Persephone and Demeter. Thanks for bringing the sunshine back.

Here's to a true celebration of the small things...