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We are totally used to it. In fact, we don’t even know any better. Since time immemorial, the year has had four distinctly different seasons in our part of the world: spring, summer, autumn and winter. But is that still the case today?

Our calendar is also based on that. That arrangement provides stability. But in recent years many people have the idea that the seasons are no longer right. As if they are shifting. And it seems that there is hardly a winter left. The plants in the garden also react strangely. Spring is slowly starting a month earlier (annoying for people who suffer from hay fever) , summer lasts much longer, autumn lasts longer. Summer is also drier at times. That was certainly the case in 2018. Are we dealing with a new trend? It appears so!

The change is definitely a fact!
Since 1954, an increasingly rapid weather change in the seasons has been measured. The first observation was indeed: they start earlier and earlier. This is particularly measurable above land. At the turn of the millennium, that was 1.7 days earlier. Also, the average summer and winter temperatures are closer together and have also risen. In fact, they are still rising. During the same period, CO2 emissions from human activity have also increased sharply. In a broad scientific circle, a link is therefore made between those emissions of greenhouse gas (es)and accepting climate change. That certainly plays a role, but is that all? One thing is absolutely certain: the global climate is changing. That is even quite fast. The climate models published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) testify to this . It incorporates all the processes that the experts know have an influence on the global climate and the change of the seasons. But the striking thing is that this does not explain all the measured effects. So there is more going on than we know.

This will be a slightly different article than you might expect.
We are not necessarily going to talk about garden plants through the seasons, or about when something should or can be done in the garden. The existing information on this is already partly outdated. Many of the old garden truths are no longer true. It will be different, but we don’t know exactly how yet. The change is still in full swing. Nature is busy, but (unlike humans) has plenty of time.

We live in our part of the world in the fortunate circumstance that we really experience the seasons: in the changing of colours, the smells, the high or low light, the slowly shifting, completely different temperatures. We notice the seasons in everything that lives there and the influences that all those things have on each other, and on ourselves. Don’t forget the latter: we react mentally and physically to the circumstances outside us much more than we often realize. A process that is really not so simple that we become gloomy in gray weather and cheerful in sunny weather. But it does matter. There is much more involved. For example, we are incredibly light sensitive, but also color, smell, shape and sound sensitive. Many of the current therapies to solve mental problems are based on that. Every cell in our body reacts to what is happening around us, every fiber vibrates with nature outside. So if something changes there, something in ourselves also changes. Together with all other life we are an inseparable part of the living layer on our Earth, the biosphere.

We do talk about ‘nature’ as something outside of ourselves, but that is a big mistake. You notice it when you start paying attention. If the annual rhythm in nature changes for plants and animals, it also changes for us. So we will have to adapt to what is happening now. We can therefore no longer – we repeat it again – rely on old certainties about what is possible and what should happen in the garden. No one knows for sure how that will change. That it is already changing is absolutely certain.


The real garden enthusiast can be found in the garden in every season .is extremely important all year round. It hurts you. The garden is the closest substitute for the great nature of which we are a part. We can’t live without it. But there is a problem. We isolate ourselves more and more from it. Our technology overwhelms nature in our living environment. If we are not careful we lose touch with ‘real’ nature. The best remedy for this is: go into that real nature more often. And the easiest way to do that is: step into your garden. Then you are in your own piece of nature. And do that as often as possible throughout the year. This is the easiest way to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.


Just go into the garden and you’re a different person
It’s wonderful to unlock your back door early in the morning and go outside into your garden. Between the plants. Listen to the trees as the wind rustles through the leaves, listen to the birds, watch the light and colors around you. It’s buzzing with life. Take a deep breath and you tingle again. It doesn’t matter what the weather or season it is. There are people who like having a dog for that reason alone: it is a wonderful excuse to go outside for a while. Then if you have the opportunity to quickly reach a green area, it’s totally awesome. You walk there in a vibration that characterizes all Earth life, plants and animals. At home, at work, in an urban environment and with headphones on, that vibration is soon rudely shouted over with rough man-made frequency violence that washes over you with images and sound like a tsunami. You’re blunted by it. The influence of nature is very different. It can be extremely rough, but the base is almost always extremely ‘fine-tuned’. It has everything to do with frequencies or vibrations. Children should also be outside as much as possible. Enjoy playing in nature. Without that cell phone. Then they automatically tune into Mother Nature’s frequency. Children should also be outside as much as possible. Enjoy playing in nature. Without that cell phone. Then they automatically tune into Mother Nature’s frequency. Children should also be outside as much as possible. Enjoy playing in nature. Without that cell phone. Then they automatically tune into Mother Nature’s frequency.

Our brain frequencies are the basic frequencies of everything that lives
. Any neurologist can tell you what the frequency ranges are with which our brains work. There are five of them: the Delta (0.5-4 Hz) , the Theta (4-7.5 Hz) , the Alpha (7.5-12 Hz) , the Beta (12-30 Hz) and the most recent fixed Gamma wave (30-100 Hz) . Neurologists also know what those waves do to us. They are all very interesting and they affect us more than we often know, but there is one series that is the basic wave for everything that exists alive on our Earth. That is the Alpha wave which is also called Schumann Resonanceor called the heartbeat of the Earth. In nature, it is a standing wave that travels back and forth between the Earth’s surface and the ionosphere high above our heads. The ionosphere is a layer of air between 75 and 400 km above us that not only repels radiation particles from the cosmos, but also reflects the long radio waves. A very important layer in the atmosphere for the Earth. Everything in the biosphere (the living layer in which we live, on the boundary of earth and air) is attuned to that Alpha vibrational plane.


The basic frequencies of life are shifting
There is plenty of evidence that the Schumann/Alpha frequency we mentioned is shifting. That’s always been the case for a bit, but now it’s moving towards the Beta values pretty quickly. That means that everything that lives with any consciousness on our Earth ends up in another sphere of consciousness. When your brain is working in the Alpha region, you are awake and relaxed. The higher you get into the faster Beta region with the shifting Schumann Resonance, you become even more awake, but also more tense (alert). You see that happening all around you. Stress, anxiety and restlessness increase. Most adults are already functioning in the somewhat higher Beta level during their waking hours. That will only increase. So we are going to look at things more critically, logically and more consciously. This also makes the differences that have arisen more and more noticeable.

So it is mainly a change in brain or consciousness activity, but the rest of what lives also changes as a result. Everything that lives is made up of cells. Every living body consists of up to thousands of different types of cells that all operate in their own frequency range. If one or a few cell groups (for example, part of the brain cells)start to function more in a different frequency, that changes something in the frequency range of the total being. It is not only our view of things that changes as a result. Things themselves also change and we will learn to deal with things differently. There are experts who are beginning to suspect that this is one of the causes of evolution. So we would now again be living in a time of fairly rapid evolutionary change. We don’t know what causes the Schumann Resonance to change. But there is much more happening…


The calendar seasons will remain the same for a while. The year will still consist of four three-month portions, but the content will change. In the summer the sun’s rays will still descend perpendicular to the Netherlands and in the winter at an angle of 45 degrees. So the light does not change. The temperature does.

When the climate changes, we get different images and feelings about what spring, summer, autumn and winter mean.

The seasons have always changed, but very slowly – see the additional story about Earth’s precession. These changes were so slow that you could provide excellent garden information about the right periods and even fairly precise dates for doing something in the garden, about flowering and harvest times, etc. That has become a lot more uncertain now. Everyone can see that for themselves. Plants bloom unexpectedly in periods when they never did before. It seems that autumn lasts until January. The grass continues to grow for much longer (you keep mowing) . Precipitation can be much heavier than usual. Storms too. The Earth is arguably more restless (more earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis) than average.

The fluctuating amounts of energy from the sun and from space that reach the Earth, the warming and acidification of sea water, the rise in sea water level due to the melting of land ice, the periodic disappearance of drift ice, for example, have a major influence on climate change. the northern ocean (the Arctic)warming up much more than in the past, the increase of greenhouse gases in the air, changes in the ionosphere, the rise in sea level means that more and more land is covered by water, etc. etc. But as said: with all these influences, what happens is still cannot be fully explained. Not in terms of global warming and not in terms of the shifting of the seasons. It seems as if winter is disappearing and summer is getting longer. Or will it continue like this? Nobody knows.

The precession of the Earth
There are many movements of the Earth in the universe. These movements determine the time calculation that we maintain and therefore the seasons. Different time calculations are possible. From the year 1582 we follow the Gregorian calendar in Europe (before that it was the Julian calendar from the year 325) . Our planet spins on its axis in about 24 hours and rotates in about a year (365, 256 days; that also varies slightly)to our Sun. Seen from the Sun, the Earth is again at exactly the same point between the stars. But there is another movement, because in that orbit around the sun, the earth’s axis tilts from left to right because the Earth is slightly tilted. This movement causes the seasons because the Sun irradiates the Earth at a different angle in each season. When the sun’s rays strike the Netherlands perpendicularly, it is the middle of summer with us. In winter, those rays strike us at an angle of 45 degrees. We then see a low-lying Sun. But there is another movement: the Earth’s axis itself is also spinning. As a result, the Earth changes its tilt very slowly. That position comes after no less than 25,770 years (!)back to its old place. In the meantime, the seasons shift and the onset of spring falls one day earlier every 72 years. It goes on like this all the time, but it is never exact. It is an approximation of what is really happening. It is not a perpetual, unchanging movement as Newton thought. For example, our planet is slowed down very slowly in its movements by the Moon.


Spring starts earlier and earlier
The plants come to life earlier in the year. Insects used to fly around. It can still get viciously cold for a short time in the winter, but most of the winter looks more and more like a continuous autumn period. Instinctively, winter disappears more and more and summer becomes more dominant. We already have the climate in the Netherlands that prevailed a few decades ago in central France. Entomologists are living in golden times: every year dozens of insects are found that are new to the Netherlands. They manage to survive here because it is just a little warmer. Fruit growers are often less happy about this. More and more southern, sensitive plants are able to survive further and further north.

We also live longer outside. There are experts who say that in thirty years’ time in the Netherlands we will have a climate like now on the Côte d’Azur. It could be, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Many scientists have a tendency to continue developments they observe indefinitely in a long line of expectation. It can also be different. Climate change will certainly continue, but all causes (as mentioned) have not yet been sufficiently identified. There are therefore phenomena that we do not yet fully understand and therefore cannot tackle.

It is fantastic that climate change has led to wanting to get rid of the fossil economy. That we are going to reuse and recycle more and more. That we want to work towards a circular economy. That we will finally understand that our planet is a small spaceship in the universe on which we all have to share what there is in order to continue to live there. More and more people are starting to realize that we have to get rid of our enormous wastefulness. We are outgrowing the time of the sandbox in which we could root and scatter everything around us, because we are becoming the moms and dads who have to clean up the mess. There are even people who already understand that what we have done wrong here on Earth should not be exported into the universe in the same way.(think of the plastic junk, among other things) .

We will also look at gardens very differently. That will be less places ‘for the beautiful’ (they will remain quite beautiful) , but more four seasons of healthy, healing environments that we will not be able to live without. Our technology can help us get the Earth back to health, but we’re going to need the flora and fauna around us to stay healthy. As a result, there is also a good chance that we will look at and care for everything that lives in the garden with much more respect. Our living environment must become greener, especially in the cities. If you now look out over a city from a high building, you mainly see bare roofs and walls. That has to change.


To name a few
There are strong indications that the Earth’s magnetic field (the electromagnetic or magnetoelectric field around the Earth) is weakening. Measurements show that. It is a process that has been going on since the 1980s. The effect of that field is that it deflects and repels radiation from the cosmos. It protects the Earth. As the strength of that field decreases, more radiation can reach the Earth’s surface and even the Earth’s interior. That seems to be happening now, and it may have a warming effect on the viscous magma layer beneath the Earth’s crust. It could also explain the worldwide increase in the aforementioned earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The Earth is restless.

We expect milder and shorter winters, but things could be different!
The temperate climate in our part of the world is largely determined by the warm Gulf Stream that flows from the Gulf of Mexico, crosses the Atlantic Ocean and flows north along the coasts of Western Europe. At the height of Iceland, this ocean current bends again to the west, towards Greenland. By this time, the water has cooled to the point where it sinks to the bottom and flows south again along the eastern coast of North America, toward the Gulf of Mexico. There are indications that this current is also weakening. In the distant past, it has already shortened, when it already moved westwards near Spain and did not reach the northern areas. The result is very harsh winters in much of Western Europe. So that could happen again.

The wind pattern also seems to change
In the past, the wind pattern in our regions was mainly an alternation of westerly and easterly air currents. But that too is changing for reasons not yet fully elucidated. The wind pattern is becoming more meridional. This means that the air currents blow much more often than before in the northern hemisphere in large curves to or from the north or south. In the winter this can cause severe cold and a lot of snow, in the summer it can be rainy for longer or very dry. The effect of increasing meridional currents is a less stable weather picture than in the past when the higher blowing jet stream was stronger. The new effect may be caused by global warming and the melting of Arctic ice. A relationship has already been shown between a moderate El Nino(a warm ocean current in the Pacific) and the increase in meridional currents in the Northern Hemisphere.


The Earth is still quietly orbiting the sun, but is adjusting itself. Some of the causes of this, for example CO2 emissions, lie with ourselves. We urgently need to do something about this. Another part is beyond us. We’re not sure what exactly happens and why. But we have to keep in mind that a lot is going to change and adapt, because each of us will increasingly have to deal with it. The living layer on our planet is maturing within us. This also gives us more responsibility for everything that lives. A responsibility that starts in our immediate environment: our house, our garden, our street. Everywhere where people are.

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