May Day, weather lore, ants on peonies

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 30, 2017

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

–Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)

 

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Celebrate May Day!

May Day 2020: What is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! As a child, we remember our grandparents leaving delightful little May Day baskets, as well as the fun tradition of dancing around the maypole at school. Learn more about May Day and 10 ways to “bring in the May.”
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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.

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Weather Lore: Facts or Fiction?

The Facts Behind Weather Folklore
Scientists now—finally—admit that many weather proverbs are TRUE! 
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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. 

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When is the Full Flower Moon

Full Moon for May 2020
May’s full Moon rises on Thursday, May 7! This full Moon will be the last of the three supermoons to occur this year, so don’t miss it! Here’s everything you should know about this month’s full moon, including how it got its name, “The Full Flower Moon.”
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Tree of Life Light-Reflective Wall Art

Features intricately detailed roots, leaves, branches, and flowers over a backdrop of swirling wind. The finish is very deep and radiant.  

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Why Ants Like Peonies

Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
Why are there ants on my peonies? Will ants harm my peonies? Every year, peony season brings these questions. Plus, we hear that enduring (but delightful) myth that ants need to “tickle the buds” to help peonies open. Peonies and ants do have a relationship but it’s not quite what you may think.
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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.

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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 or when outdoor gardening is too much to handle.
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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. 

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