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St. Barbara's Day Tradition & Our Trip to Monticello


By awin


Today (December 4th) is St. Barbara’s Day in Germany, according to a children’s book I recently picked up from the library. It’s tradition to clip a couple of branches from a cherry or apple tree (or some other tree) and stick them in a vase of water, and they should bloom by Christmas.

Even though my husband lived in Germany for 2 years, he’d never heard of this tradition until I read about it in the children’s book. We’re excited to try it this year.

On another note, we recently went to Monticello for the first time. It was interesting, fascinating, and everything in between. It gave me a lot to think about, attested by the fact that I talked non-stop for the next two hours as my husband drove us home.

Here are a couple of pictures of the garden. There was lots of winter veg growing, and several perennial herbs.

From the very west side of the garden looking east.

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lol snoopdog...I look at vegetables too...but I've had to remove my veg borders as they were in shade and it was live and learn don't you!? I like the St Barbara's day tradition story Awin....I hope it works!

4 Dec, 2012


I`ve never heard of that tradition but it would be interesting to give it a go, garden is looking very tidy....

4 Dec, 2012


The gardens look nice and neat ...

It's interesting to hear of the customs etc in different parts of the world :o)

13 Dec, 2012

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