Arbor Day and May Day

We have some more "Days" upon us.

Here is some info about the special dates from "The Old Farmer's Almanac".

April 30—National Arbor Day

As editor of the Nebraska City News, Julius Sterling Morton proposed the first statewide Arbor Day for April 10, 1872. Over one million trees were planted on that day.

Today Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April, although many states alter the date for local growing seasons.

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” –J. Sterling Morton

In ancient times, May Day was a celebration of the return of spring and the growing season, and of life and fertility. On this day, it was once customary to leave a basket of flowers on the doorstep of a neighbor as a surprise.

In Great Britain, the custom of “bringing in the May” involves gathering “knots,” or branches with buds, on the eve or early morning of May 1. In North America, we often select forsythia, pussy willow, or lilac branches to bring spring and the prospect of new life into our homes.

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May 07, 2010

Linqong

Hi,Susan
I'm late!
Happy Arbor Day and May Day!
Great shots!
China's Arbor Day is April 12,We have to plant trees every year.

May 06, 2010

Noonie

Thank you Joe and Ann! We have a lot of days to celebrate!

May 02, 2010

Joezachs

Nice pics.
I think in some countries May day is also observed as Labor day (May 1st)

May 02, 2010

Noonie

Thanks!

May 01, 2010

Anhong

Beautiful pictures. Done a good job!

May 01, 2010

Noonie

Much appreciated, Dragos and Leslie!

April 30, 2010

smartview27

Congrats for your very optimistic photos!

April 30, 2010

Ponytail1414

Beautiful!

April 30, 2010

Noonie

It's nice to know that at one time people got along with their neighbors! LOL!!! Have a great weekend, Sarah!

April 29, 2010

Scottysally2

Interesting! I like the idea of leaving a basket of flowers for neighbours. Lovely pics. :)

April 29, 2010

Noonie

WOW! Thanks! Maybe we should celebrate Mother's Day here, too!

April 29, 2010

Maigi

And here's another for you, Susan!

 Colorful mixed bouquet 1 

Have a beautiful spring everyone!

April 29, 2010

Wildmac

Hi neighbor! :D  Flowers basket  What a great idea, leaving flowers for your neighbors :)

April 29, 2010

Noonie

It is a nice idea! My neighbor, who is living in my family's old place, is turning the yard into a showcase of blooming trees and flowers. When they really get going I'll feel like they are leaving me flowers all year long!

April 29, 2010

Tan510jomast

Lovely photos , friend. Congrats.
I like the idea of leaving flowers on a neighbours doorstep..
so long as she does not have allergies to pollen, he he !
But still, it's a lovely idea whenever someone receives a good deed unsolicited... it's what makes this world a better place to be, esp with so much hatred and nasty people incest with spoiling your day. Thank goodness those spiteful gnats and cankerblossoms are in the minority , phew.., like the Ugly Red Queen in Alice's Wonderland with their bulbeous heads, lmao..

Once again, as they say, one who loves Mother Nature is the best friend to be with. If we have to spread anything , Better pollen than hated , I'd say !!! That's why the bees and butterflies are so lovely , they are too busy spreading the sweetness from flower to flower. And of course , the birds sharing their gorgeous birdsong with us all day.

April 29, 2010

Noonie

Plant a tree, Dessie!

April 29, 2010

Littledesire

Very interesting blog, Susan! Thanks for sharing ;)

April 29, 2010

Noonie

Grabriel and Debbie, thanks! I had to use all the kids so I wouldn't be playing favorites ;))

April 29, 2010

Justmeyo

Thanks for sharing that to us and wonderful images:)

April 29, 2010

Noonie

Glad to have you back, Claudio, thanks!

April 29, 2010

Dmccale

great photos.Thanks for sharing this
Debbie

April 29, 2010

Claudiofichera

Thank you for sharing this with us, and beautiful images you have selected!

April 29, 2010

Noonie

Thanks, Maen!

April 29, 2010

Mani33

That is nice to know about Susan! Hope these images will you great spring season also! :)
Don't get with this face, I can be with spring mood with you :P :)))

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