John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
Memorial Day comes along every year on the last Monday in May. It used to be named Decoration Day when it was first observed after the Civil War in 1868. Its name change did not come until a few years later in 1882. The holiday was created to remember all those who had passed away who served our country in the military services. During the holiday, people were remembered by a simple bouquet of flowers and a small American flag, which continues on today.
On past trips to the South, I have breathed in the beautiful scents of the beautiful gardenia bushes, jasmines and plumerias. I remember their scents filling the air as I kept whining about the fact that I could not grow them at home. Every time I am back home in North Dakota, I am reintroduced to the beautiful aromas of the crabapples, apples, plums and lilacs that are currently in bloom. It is amazing how quickly we take for granted all of the beautiful things that we can grow in our area that cannot be grown in other parts of the country.
There is a legend that speaks of a poor, single woman who lived in a small cottage in the woods. One day she adopts a small orphan girl and raises her with all the respect and integrity a child deserves. She instills in her the values that matter once you have become an adult and can care for yourself.
With a week of moisture, the landscape is quickly greening up and soon we will be hearing the buzz of the lawnmowers. That is certainly the beginning of the new growing season. As I walk around the yard, I see numerous perennials beginning to grow with a sense of urgency. The spring bulbs are about to burst forth with their vibrant colorful blooms at any moment.
Gardening is one of the oldest hobbies known to man. Not only was it created to sustain people with a fresh source of food, but also because it calms the soul and allows one to convene with the earth once again. By being in touch with nature, one feels that he or she is a little more in touch with himself or herself, which can create a sense of purpose and meaning.
I always look at spring to be the time of discovery. It doesn’t matter if you are a master gardener or a beginner as everyone can learn something during this time of year. Most people think that you need degrees in the field in order to know all the ins and outs of the gardening genre. The fact is, we can learn many of these things strictly through observation and a little research on our own.
Every year there seems to be a new opportunity that presents itself in our community. Whether it is on a small or large scale, I always take notice, as we need so much more in this city that seems to move so slowly in the right direction. The Jamestown Arts Center has done amazing things within the community and is now in the middle of creating a public Arts Park that will entertain numerous activities to enjoy.
So far this spring has been extremely rejuvenating to my senses. The smell of the air alone seems to have a fresher aroma and after a spring shower or two, the moist earth seems to wreak the scent of life. You can almost feel the plants activating their growth hormones with all the recent changes at hand and spring forth with small shoots of greenery.
The other day, I found myself running errands and became aware of all the gardening products coming out. I always find it exciting to see what is new on the shelves and what the prices are going to be for the year. Sometimes I see things that I forgot to put on my list, so I mentally take note and add it to my list when I get home.
The last weekend of February is already here and March is upon us next week. Spring feels like it’s just around the corner, especially with the warmer weather we have been experiencing lately. Don’t be surprised if we get a few heavy snows yet in the month to come, but those won’t last long at the rate we are going.