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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – May 1

It rained today and I rejoiced. An inch or water in the rain gauge! Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was my day off from work and I’m nevertheless celebrating that a constant rainfall delivered just over an inch of moisture to my gardens. It is spring, and the plants need this rain in order to grow. As I write this I look out over the trees, shrubs and perennials that grace my property and I can actually feel their gratitude join mine.

It’s also the first day of Gifts From The Garden Month. This is a month-of-May daily reminder of 31 ways we benefit from gardens and gardening. If you think it’s just about a pretty landscape, think again.

Today is May Day, a traditional time of celebration in many cultures. It’s a day to rejoice in the season of renewal. To my mind, the energy of rejuvenation extends from the garden into all aspects of our lives. For those living further south this occurs earlier in the calendar year, and for those further north, a bit later this month.

Rain and the season of regeneration are completely linked. We need several natural elements to come together in order for revitalization to occur. Sun, rain, and longer days combine to stimulate growth.

Some may complain when rain dampens their plans, literally and metaphorically. It’s important to remember that although it might occasionally be inconvenient, rainfall stimulates growth. Embracing this knowledge is a gift in itself.

Gifts From The Garden Month asks us to consider the myriad of ways we benefit from our surroundings, rain or shine.

Some of the cutting garden is waiting to be planted with annuals and zinnias...other perennials such as the peonies and tulips are heavy with water today. To me, they look wet and happy.


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