SPRING IS IN THE AIR
With the coming of May, the urge to garden is in the air. Reconnecting with the outdoors is renewing and promising. Waking up our gardens to a new growing season is more than soil and seedlings….it is a rite of spring; an energizer to the soul of the gardener.
Spring projects to do:
Plant early spring vegetables and cool weather annuals when soil is workable. Early spring crops are peas, spinach, lettuces and leeks, followed by broccoli, cabbage, radishes and onions. Pansies and Dianthus bloom early and can rebound after a night of freezing temperatures.
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE
Memorial Day—observed the last Monday in May to officially begin the summer season honors those men and women who have died while serving our country. Originally known as Decoration Day to honor those who died during the Civil War, it became an official holiday in 1971 to honor all those who have served in the military.
In 1915, Moina Michael, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," composed the following poem to honor our servicemen. She then created the first red poppies and sold them to family and friends to provide for their needs.
“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.