Some of the March pages from the Country diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden
In the Roman calendar March,or Martius, was the first month of a new year. The month was named after Mars, the god of war and the guardian of agriculture. March was the month when both farming and warfare could begin again after winter.
The Saxons called it Lentmonat, or lengthening month, because of the equinox and lengthening of days and this is the origin of the word Lent.
There are many weather sayings, the best known is
March winds and April showers
Bring forth May flowers.
Also.....................So many fogs in March, so many frosts in May
Dry days are precious to get seeds sown.................A peck of dust in March is worth a king's ransom
When farm workers were paid partly in cider then a good apple harvest was important, and early blossom was a problem
If apples bloom in March
In vain you'll for them search
If apples bloom in April
Why then they'll be plentiful;
If apples bloom in May
You may eat them night and day.
There are many special days this month
1st .......St David's Day and the first day of meteorological spring
11th .........Mothering Sunday
17th...........St Patrick's Day
20th........ Vernal Equinox, the start of Astronomical spring and the pagan celebration of Ostara
25th..........Lady Day and Palm Sunday
30th........ Good Friday
We had lots of snow overnight Tuesday and off and on all day yesterday. We didn't have to go anywhere so stayed in the warm, fed the birds and watched the weather.