“March many weathers,” “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb,” though sometimes the process is reversed and as the Scotch proverb warns us, “The wast (worst) blast comes on the borrowing day.” These borrowing or borrowed days are the last three of the month, which tradition tells us were borrowed from April. A tradition which is not peculiar to Britain, for we find a similar belief in France and Spain, and in every case the explanation, though it varies slightly in detail, has the same foundation – the attempt of the month to kill certain beasts. In the Spanish version, a shepherd promised a lamb to March if March, in return, would give fine weather for the flock. The contract was honourably fulfilled by March, but when he requested his lamb towards the end of the month the shepherd, whose flock were in prime condition, and who reflected that only three days remained, refused to pay his debt. Said March, in just indignation, “You won’t give me my rights, then know this, that in the three days I have left, and in the three more that my gossip April will lend me, all your sheep shall die,” and this threat, during the six days that followed, was fulfilled.
She spotted one flower that stood out beautifully against the brown, dead grass - a pasqueflower, also known as a prairie crocus. Isn't it lovely? It's almost as if it is saying "hold on, spring is almost here and my friends are coming!" The article, which is about Britain, also had a reference to a pasque flower which is surely a relative of ours.
The plant, having a trifoliate leaf, is a symbol of the Holy Trinity, and known as Herba
Trinitatis; it is also a fairy flower, and the purple markings ascribed to fairy fingers, while at night and during bad weather the tiny elf is said to nestle cosily in the bell-shaped tent.
I hope your borrowing days are not so wild!