Saturday, March 26, 2016
Whether it's a holy day for you or a holiday opportunity to celebrate friends and family, I hope you enjoy your day. Easter seems to have come early this year. Nevertheless, our gardens are obliging us with flowering trees, daffodils, and other early flowers. It's starting to get really pretty out there.
I started to write about the terrorist attacks in Brussels this week, but I think the atrocities committed there are too depressing for a Happy Easter feature. I'm glad Pope Francis condemned them in the strongest language.
I haven't seen my garden Easter Bunny this week. My garden is usually populated with darling bunnies. They do a great job munching on weeds - and the occasional herb. I saw one a month or two ago. I know he's around. I hope he lays low when the foxes are around.
Bunnies are safe from poisons in my garden (although not in neighboring gardens owned by people who think there's something sacred about grass at the expense of the environment). I stopped using herbicides many years ago when I learned the connection between the degradation of the Chesapeake Bay and garden chemicals. I favor weeds mixed with grass and a resurgence of the blue crab and oyster populations over perfectly manicured lawns, and I'm sure my bunnies do too. Actually, I wish there were a way to ban the use of lawn chemicals in my area. Whatever you use to poison weeds and encourage grass growth here eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay.
I've read about the horrible drought in California and the illegal use of water by the "privileged," who, I guess, believe that that a green lawn symbolizes wealth. If people would take the time to research drought-resistant landscaping, they would learn that they could have a picture-perfect garden and save water - a win win.
Tomorrow, I think I'll break out a nice bottle of champagne to celebrate spring and the rebirth of nature's beauty. I hope you also find a pleasurable way to celebrate the rebirth of Mother Nature and Easter Sunday. Let's hope for peace.
Enjoy the day!
Photo of Vintage Postcard, made in Germany, A.S. B. 196, courtesy of Bygone Books