Monday, May 4, 2009

May Day Baskets

That old gardening proverb, "March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers," held true to form in my country village of Philomont, Virginia this past weekend. The first Annual "PHilomont garden PHair," a combination of May Day baskets, a craft fair and home garden tours, took place here on May 2 and 3. The entire event, sponsored by the PHilomont General Store, started with a May Day Basket Display on Friday, May 1, by some of the homeowners who live nearby the store. May Day was a bleak and rainy day but it did not deter these flower loving citizens from displaying their floral favorites. Even the Volunteer Fire Department and Philomont Community Center Pre-school joined in to welcome spring. Some baskets were simple while others could compete with the arrangements of Martha Stewart yet, all were made in the spirit of sharing their regard for the beauty of nature, and specifically flowers. Clergyman, writer and gardener during the 1800's and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Ward Beecher once wrote, "Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into." I think he was on to something there. These pictures are some of the baskets I saw around town...

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