Arbor Day and May Day


posted on 29th of april, 2010

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.




Comments (24)

Posted by Linqong on May 07, 2010
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.
Posted by Noonie on May 06, 2010
Thank you Joe and Ann! We have a lot of days to celebrate!
Posted by Joezachs on May 02, 2010
Nice pics.
I think in some countries May day is also observed as Labor day (May 1st)
Posted by Noonie on May 02, 2010
Thanks!
Posted by Anhong on May 01, 2010
Beautiful pictures. Done a good job!
Posted by Noonie on May 01, 2010
Much appreciated, Dragos and Leslie!
Posted by smartview27 on April 30, 2010
Congrats for your very optimistic photos!
Posted by Ponytail1414 on April 30, 2010
Beautiful!
Posted by Noonie on April 30, 2010
It's nice to know that at one time people got along with their neighbors! LOL!!! Have a great weekend, Sarah!
Posted by Scottysally2 on April 29, 2010
Interesting! I like the idea of leaving a basket of flowers for neighbours. Lovely pics. :)
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
WOW! Thanks! Maybe we should celebrate Mother's Day here, too!
Posted by Maigi on April 29, 2010
And here's another for you, Susan!

 Colorful mixed bouquet 1 

Have a beautiful spring everyone!
Posted by Wildmac on April 29, 2010
Hi neighbor! :D  Flowers basket  What a great idea, leaving flowers for your neighbors :)
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
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!
Posted by Tan510jomast on April 29, 2010
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.
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
Plant a tree, Dessie!
Posted by Littledesire on April 29, 2010
Very interesting blog, Susan! Thanks for sharing ;)
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
Grabriel and Debbie, thanks! I had to use all the kids so I wouldn't be playing favorites ;))
Posted by Justmeyo on April 29, 2010
Thanks for sharing that to us and wonderful images:)
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
Glad to have you back, Claudio, thanks!
Posted by Dmccale on April 29, 2010
great photos.Thanks for sharing this
Debbie
Posted by Claudiofichera on April 29, 2010
Thank you for sharing this with us, and beautiful images you have selected!
Posted by Noonie on April 29, 2010
Thanks, Maen!
Posted by Mani33 on April 29, 2010
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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