Hmm. Once again it appears my designated MagicalMusings blog has fallen on Memorial Day. I think this is the third year in a row.
I read over my previous Memorial Day blogs and really don’t want to repeat myself beyond the pride and gratitude I feel for those who served in the armed forces in the past, those who are currently serving and those who will serve in the future.
This year, I want to talk about how Americans tend to celebrate Memorial Day. Of course, many of us go to the cemeteries to place flowers and flags on the graves of our loved ones. There are the numerous community parades, barbeques, picnics and my personal favorite … Memorial Day weekend marks the time when the Midwest starts our planting season. Here in Wisconsin, we have harsh winters and there are years when it seems like Spring is never going to arrive. However, this is the weekend we’re able to finally trust that there won’t be any late frosts and get those flowers into the gardens.
Needless to say, that’s what my husband and I spent yesterday and today doing. At the moment I’m pretty much incapacitated, but I was still able to plant the countless pots I have scattered all over the yard and gardens. I even managed to get the herb garden in shape and with luck, we’ll have the veggie garden up and running today. We’re not planting as much as we normally do. Mostly the prerequisite tomatoes and peppers, broccoli and cucumber. We’re held up on the veggie garden because the fencing we’d purchased will in no way keep the rabbits out of the crops. Perhaps a full grown rabbit, but today I spied two little critters that must have been born a few weeks ago. Cute little suckers, but sure to decimate any veggies we put in.
So, how do you celebrate the Memorial Day weekend? Are you a stay at home gardener? Or are you a weekend traveler who loves to take advantage of the extra day and take off for a relaxing mini-vacation?