Salisbury, MD. Just eleven days between today and the first official day of Spring! Can you believe it? With a long, blustery, bone-chilling winter finally drawing to a close, the Gardening Grannies are suffering from a severe case of Spring Fever! The symptoms of this condition are easy to spot:
1) A certain lack of motivation
2) Stopping frequently to smell the roses ….uh….make that "daffodils"
3) An uncontrollable urge to start enough seeds for a small third world country
4) Secretly starting a to-do list for their Significant Others
5) Scuffing slowly through leaves and tip toeing around tiny crocuses coming up in the lawn
6) Frequent afternoon naps
7) An attitude that defies description
And the cures, while often temporary during late winter, are many. Here are three you might consider:
1) Take in a Cherry Blossom Festival. Anywhere. If you can deal with the crowds in Washington, DC, it's the place to be with peak times, at this writing, predicted to be between March 29 and April 1. Don't want to deal with the crowds? The Dallas Arboretum has over a hundred trees, Philadelphia has 2,000 and Macon, GA has a mind-boggling 300,000 cherry trees. For a comprehensive list of locations and peak dates, Google "Cherry Blossom Festival". Our search delivered an incredible 814,000 results in 0.15 seconds!
2) Pop up to the Philadelphia Flower Show….the Grandmother of all flower shows…. any time this week. Their hard-to- beat theme for this year is "Springtime in Paris". The show is held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch Streets) in Philadelphia. The weekday hours are 10AM-9:30PM, Saturday is 8AM-9:30PM and Sunday is 8AM-6PM. Their website currently indicates that best viewing hours are after 4PM. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students (aren't we all?) and $15 for kids. They do not, unfortunately, list separate rates for seniors or Master Gardeners.
3) If you just can't get away and still need a "fix", try a little "Arm Chair Judging" on the DeLoach Vinyards website. As they publicize, "our belief is that fresh food is the key to good health, and support the role community gardens play in creating healthy neighborhoods." As part of their ongoing commitment to community gardens, they will be awarding a total of $20,000 to five community gardens that are "working to improve the community they serve". Voters will select the winners by voting between 15 March (Ides of March…but more on that in a later blog) and 1 August. You can vote once daily between those dates and the top five gardens who receive the most votes get the cash. Pour yourself an adult beverage and go to their website www.deloachcommunitygardens.com to find out more about the community gardens and vote for your favorite. Winners will be announced in the October/November issue of Organic Gardening.
If all else fails, take another nap!
Gardening Grannies are a group of mature and Master Gardeners who live , love and garden on the Delmarva Peninsula. To contact them with your thoughts and ideas, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.