Do we have Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar to thank for the inspiration for today’s spring time tradition of hanging baskets? Around 600 BC he had “hanging gardens” built for his home sick wife Amytis who longed for the trees and plants of her homeland. The hanging gardens, which were at the time in Babylon (present day Iraq), converted a dry dusty place into one of the seven original wonders of the world. That was long before Mother’s day was “invented” so to speak. Here in the US Anna Jarvis is credited for being the motivating force behind a day to honor Mothers. Her life time efforts were rewarded with a presidential proclamation on May 9, 1914 declaring the second Sunday in May to be Mother’s day. Show Mom some love this Mother’s day for letting you “hang around” the house all those years she cared for you and give her the gift of flowers..a tradition with a lot of history.