The Seasons

The Seasons

In Australia, we define our seasons as summer, autumn, winter and spring. Each season offers a range of different climates, conditions, weather patterns and temperatures. Depending on where you live in the world, each season offers a different set of variables, changing from state to state. Interpreted very differently from culture to culture, the seasons can be a time for preparation or celebration. Keeping your garden beautiful through the seasons, Nature’s Garden Gift has everything from rustic metal garden art to stunning sculptures to adorn your home. 

How Do Seasons Occur?

The Earth is tilted on an axis and is relative to the orbital plane. This invisible flat disc is where most solar system objects orbit the sun. From pole to pole, this axis runs through the centre making Earth rotate around.   

What is a Season?

Described as either a natural or artificially created occurrence, a season is used to categorise a time of year. This can be what we know as the natural seasons of winter, summer, autumn and spring or something unnatural such as hunting season. 

In Australia, September, October and November make up spring, December, January and February take summer, March, April and May are autumn, while June, July and August make up winter. This seasonal calendar has been adopted from European culture. 

Natural Patterns

Even though we categorise each season to be a certain way, there are many factors that determine the change and patterns of the seasons. When we recognise the changes in the natural patterns, we know a new season is coming. Changes in rain, wind, animal behaviours, temperature, plant life cycles and the stars are all ways that we can observe what season we are in. Each season has a massive impact on the environment and the vegetation, flora and fauna that is present.  

Seasons & Culture

In many cultures, the seasons can mean celebrations or the requirement to prepare for something. In Australia, we are on the last of indigenous peoples who have been here for over 60,000 years. Most of the Melbourne region is the Wurundjeri people’s land. As can be seen here on the Melbourne Museum website. These people observe at least 7 different seasons that are signified ‘by the movement of the stars in the night sky and changes in the weather, coinciding with the life cycles of plants and animals’. These observations of the seasonal change were signposts for hunting different food sources, preparing for weather change or cultural celebrations. 

In China, a popular festival that is celebrated is the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival. This is celebrated to thank the moon for the harvest. Also celebrated in other parts of Asia such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Japan and Korea, this occasion of the seasons brings families together to enjoy mooncakes and to carry and display lanterns. 

March Gardening Tip

No one likes weeds. They grow over your plants and they don’t usually look aesthetically pleasing. Opt for some vinegar as a natural weed killer. Easy to use and cheap to obtain, simply pour the vinegar onto the weeds. This is a great eco-friendly option that doesn't destroy the environment. 

Add Some New Pieces To Your Garden

At Nature’s Garden Gift we love the seasons and we want to make your garden as beautiful as it can be all throughout the year. Shop our huge range of pots, sculptures and more to add some flair to any home.

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