(Clockwise from top left: Shiro Plum,
Oregon Grape, Almond, Daisy, Violet)
Happy Spring Equinox. Today at 12:07am GMT the earth was oriented, due to its tilt on its axis, in such a way that the sun appears directly over the equator. This orientation occurs on two days each year, resulting in an equal length day and night everywhere on earth. These days are known as the spring (vernal, March, northward, Pisces, or first point of Aries) and fall (autumnal, September, southward, Virgo, or first point of Libra) equinoxes (equal, night).
In the northern hemisphere we celebrate the March equinox as the first day of spring and typically, enjoy lengthening days, warmer temperatures (although this morning we had frost), greening and blooming of plants, and the return of insects and birds.
Uschi poses near a
Tall Oregon-Grape (Mahonia aquifolium).