Friday is May 1st, or May day. May day has been associated with many things, such as dancing around a May pole, the beginning of Spring, International Worker's Day and much more. In Europe, seeding had been completed by this date and it was convenient to give farm laborers a day off. May Day was also celebrated by some early European settlers of the American continent. In some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually 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.
While few celebrate May day as a national holiday now days, we can still bring a little joy to those around us in the tradition of the May basket. Most of us know someone who could use a little sunshine in their life, and a May basket is a sweet way of doing so. Whether you choose to make a basket to give away or just to brighten up your own front porch, Spring is a time of bright flowers and happy hearts.
This time of year is a great time to think about sprucing up your front and back yards with the wide variety of beautiful plants & flowers available at your local nurseries and department stores. You can come up with a landscaping plan on your own, or seek out the expertise of a local company listed in your yellow pages or by word of mouth from those you know. Flowers are a lovely, and often inexpensive way to enhance the curb appeal of your home and take advantage of the growing market to buy or sell a home. Give me a call if you need a helping hand, and have a wonderful May day!