“Although the ancient Roman holiday of Floralia began in April, the Roman month of the love goddess Venus, it was really an ancient May Day celebration. Flora, the Roman goddess in whose honor the festival was held, was a goddess of flowers, which generally begin to bloom in the spring. The holiday for Flora (as officially determined by Julius Caesar when he fixed the Roman calendar) ran from April 28 to May 3.”
This summer I was lucky to have a new addition to my garden. Floralia, an angel given to me upon my official “croning” or my 60th birthday, was a welcome sight in my shade garden. I watched her watch over the plants here, especially my species hostas, Aphrodite and Isis, who are now muddled together and doing much better than before, all summer, night and day, rain and shine.
She interestingly enough approached the garden in her own way. She reigned here in beauty and saw the safe harvest of the hostas, the liriope, and the woodruff, which are main perennials here. Everyone benefited from her watching and waiting.
Sometimes you have to connect to the powers in order to appreciate the servants of nature. Plants, and Junos, or women’s watchers, go together well. It seems to me that one has to have companions, especially in the garden. What companions you choose and which are naturally thrown together by birds or other creatures, doesn’t matter.
What matters is that everyone gets along and understands the importance of how things look to the garden and everyone else. If someone comes upon this garden they will notice that the angel melds right in with everything. She lends an air of stability and grace in a place where weather and even insect invasions may create havoc.
As the plants recover from say a driving rain and dry out and resume their fragrant offering to the world, Floralia patiently welcomes visitors, human and insect alike.
I’m pretty proud of the effect of this garden, and hope that next spring I’m able to recreate the serenity and fun of watching things grow around and under Floralia when she returns after a winter’s break.