Thursday, 18 October 2012

The Garden of Westhill - 46

The Virginia Creeper has turned a glorious shade of red in celebration of St Luke's Little Summer!

Any spell of quiet, dry weather starting on this day has its origins in folk lore based on the Feast of St Luke.

Although he is the patron saint of physicians, surgeons, artists and butchers, his name has traditionally been linked to St Luke’s little summer.

For centuries farmers must have noticed a period of better weather at the autumn harvest, but the term Indian Summer is recent and refers to Native Americans gathering their harvest later than in Britain.

We shall be celebrating Harvest Festival next week - and I have just heard on the BBC Weather Forecast (6.30 pm on Wednesday 17 October) that we may be in for an Indian Summer - Praise be to St Luke!

Happy Feast!

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