Beltane, May Day – whatever you want to call it… motivated a planting last week of sunflowers, poppies, marigolds and lavender. Unfortunately, “Bob” was delayed a couple of days for the spring planting. I have excused myself, though, as Grandma would always prioritize these things as well. The Maypole was tethered in colorful, spring-hued ribbons every year, while the Madonna was crowned in fresh-cut flowers with blooms strewn all about her. It was spring. It was always a celebration.
I have no Maypole or Madonna, and the celebration is seemingly uneventful – but not forgotten or celebrated with a planting of SOMEthing. It is the spirit of Grandma that reminds me and keeps it special, even in the busiest of times. The urge to sow springs to the surface and inspires a planting before all other projects, cleaning or dinner plans. It will be done before May 1st to ensure blooms, sprouts and regeneration begins on time.
“Bob” is coming along and should be complete this evening. I did not rush through to finish it by the months end, as planned. The importance of the deadline was overshadowed by Beltane planting. Without the rush, when “Bob” is complete I will be able to post a painting I am proud of. As for my garden – Grandma would be proud.