May Day

By on May 9, 2017 in General, Spring |

It is ironic that May Day is an emergency word used internationally as a distress signal in radio communications that we have seen used in the movies. It is ironic, because the arrival of the first day of May is a celebration of flowers and spring. May Day was celebrated on May 1 by some early European settlers to North America with May baskets. These are baskets that were filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver; if caught, a kiss is exchanged. Good idea to wear your track shoes that day. Today the arrival of May usually means the last frost days are passing and tender flowering plants can be enjoyed in our gardens and landscapes. Mother’s day is a weekend to give and receive flowers to celebrate both Mom and the promise of a new gardening season. Later...

Memorial Day

By on May 27, 2012 in Memorial day |

In Flanders fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row that mark our place. And in the sky the larks, still bravely singing fly, scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow. Loved, and were loved, now we lie in Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe. To you from failing hands we throw the torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders...

Mother Nature

By on May 8, 2011 in Wildflowers |

Spring was a long time in coming in 2011…….but when it did it arrived with a bang. Mother Nature decided to show off on Mom’s day 2011 in West Michigan with brilliant and perfect weather…….and perfectly timed blooming wildflowers to boot! Here’s some of Mother Nature’s floriforous personality and “wild-side” seemingly smiling at Moms on a beautiful Mother’s Day…….