May Day, weather lore, ants on peonies

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 30, 2017


The flowers in the breeze are swaying, swaying,
The whole wide world is out a-Maying.

–Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)

Sunday, April 30, 2017
120th day of the year

Kirsten Dunst (actress) was born on this day in 1982.
Ling Ling (Japan's oldest giant panda) died on this day in 2008.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!

Looking for simple container ideas?

Celebrate May Day!

What is May Day?
This article describes the traditions of May Day and how the May 1st celebration began.
Do you care for a lawn?

The more you let nature do the work for you, the easier it will be to care for your lawn. See 10 tips on seeding, feeding, and caring for your lawn.
Weather Lore: Facts or Fiction?

The Facts Behind Weather Folklore
Scientists now—finally—admit that many weather proverbs are TRUE! 
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 
When is the Full Flower Moon

Full Moon for May 2018
Learn more about the Full Moon for May 2018. Why is it called the Full Flower Moon? When is the best time to see the Full Moon? Here are Moon facts and folklore from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Tree of Life Light-Reflective Wall Art

This brilliant and highly reflective metal art piece was laser-cut from rugged steel and then powder-coated for rust resistance and durability.
Why Ants Like Peonies

Ants on Peonies
The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are a pest on peonies. 
Old Hancock Tree Leaf Sun Catcher Set

Save 26% over buying these handmade glass sun catchers separately. Plus, sun catchers display better when grouped in odd numbers.
How to Make a Vertical Garden

Vertical Gardening: Vertical Garden Ideas, Plants, and More
Vertical gardening—also called intensive gardening—is not a new idea, but it has gained momentum in recent years with a lengthening list of ideas for how to grow up. The approach makes good sense, especially for gardeners with limited space who want to plant more than a few small pots.
Wooden Chickadee Thermometers

SAVE $7 (over 20% off) while supplies last! Made in the USA from a single slab of wood with a metal songbird topper.