Every year for decades now, we plan a huge family reunion around Memorial Day. My husbands’ family began gathering here at the family home with a pig roast and over the years we’ve continued. College friends and neighborhood friends have joined the tradition of family ball games, too much food, and a late night bonfire.
Rather than revel in the joy of the early growth as I should and would like to do each year, I spend every nice day of April and May preparing the yard for company. Where other people clean up winter debris then move on to the fun part of moving plants and redesigning gardens, I focus on the weeds, the over growth, and the late spring impression.
That is why I get gardening gifts for Mother’s Day along with a weekend of help from my husband. Last year my gift was a new wheelbarrow. This year, 24 bags of mulch!