May 22, 2015

More Spring Colors

Depending on how you count them, the waves of spring flowers are nearing their third or fourth crest here …. with the fruitwoods, magnolia, dogwoods, azaleas and lilacs handing off their buds to the iris, peonies, and allium.
The “winter sowing” milk-container experiment (which I wrote about in April here) produced very tender yet cold-hardened lettuces and spinach. I especially love the Vivian big-leaf lettuce and Bloomsdale spinach so far. Lots of others on the way.
Will be planting the eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and more this weekend. Speaking of which, happy Memorial Day weekend to all of you in the U.S.

An extra special note of gratitude to all those who serve in our country’s armed forces and to all those who have risked their life for America since the American Revolution. In Connecticut, where I live, we’ll be marking our official state hero’s, Nathan Hale’s, 260th birthday on June 6th. Hale was the 21-year-old Yale-educated volunteer captured by the British in 1776 and hanged in New York City. Just before he was executed, Hale is said to have declared, “"I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” 

The Congressional Medal of Honor web site offers many stirring accounts of valor.

Speaking of valor...we're so proud of our local quilt shop, Christie's Quilting Boutique. Christie and a group of area quilters wrapped 6 local veterans in handmade quilts as part of the Quilts of Valor program. You can read about it here and here.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touch by war with comforting and healing quilts. For more information, please visit the site.

And, finally, enjoy all or parts of a terrific recent "30 days of poetry" event by the New York Public Library. I really enjoyed it, just on in the background while I was working.

Have a beautiful, long and relaxing weekend!