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September 2006 Calendar

These are the plants I'm planning to feature in my Living in Season blog during the month of September.

Most of my choices come from the French Republican calendar, a calendar developed by the French revolutionaries in 1793 to replace the old calendar and its spiritual and political traditions. Instead the months were renamed and divided into three weeks of 10 days. Each day was assigned a plant, almost always one in season, except for days ending in 5 which featured an animal and days ending in 0 which featured a tool. For more information on the French Republican calendar, see this article at Wikipedia.

The days between September 17 and September 21st were days dedicated to political virtues, in order: the Day of Virtue, Work, Opinion, Compensation and Revolution.

For a few days, I've made other choices. Last year in September, I invited my readers to nominate birthday flowers — that is flowers that bloom on your birthday. I've featured two in the September calendar: one for my birthday (September 4, the naked lady which was in bloom when I was born according to my mother) and one for Samantha's birthday (the morning glory on Sept 11). I also chose a few plants that are related to saints, like southernwood for St Ninian on September 16 and carrots and Michaelmas daisies for St. Michael's Eve and Day (September 28 and 29). And on the full moon of September, I'm featuring the Chinese flower of the month: the chrysanthemum.

I invite you to explore these plants along with me and to see what I've learned by checking out my Living in Season blog.

Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

1

Animal: Trout

2

Lemon

3

Teasel

4

Naked Lady - Waverly's Birthday Flower

5

Marigold

6

Tool: Sack

7

Chrysanthemum (Full Moon, Chinese calendar)

8

Hazelnut

9

Hops

10

Sorghum

11

Blue Morning Glory - Samantha's Birthday Flower

12

Bitter Orange

13

Goldenrod

14

Maize

15

Chestnut

16

Southernwood

17

French intercalary days

18

19

20

21

22

Start of Vendemiaire (Harvest) Grape

23

Saffron

24

Chestnut

25

Crocus

26

Dock

27

Impatiens

28

Carrot

29

Michaelmas Daisy

30

Parsnip


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