We all love honey and it’s good for us too! And if it weren’t for the honey bee, there would be no honey, or at least not naturally anyway. A bee flies nearly 55,000 miles to produce 1 pound of honey, and it takes visiting over 2 million flowers to get the nectar to create that same pound of honey. One bee will transport enough nectar to produce a half teaspoon of honey in its life (generally living from 122-155 days). That is pretty awesome! Think about that the next time you have some honey on your toast or in your tea. So bees are our friends – don’t step on them (not to mention, that it is also not a good situation for you either)!
How to celebrate – Have some honey today. Think about the bees before you disturb their nests and watch out for them when you walk through a field. Plant some flowers to help the bees out.
Veggies are so good for you; normally fun to eat, and usually plentiful. The fresher they are the better they taste, the prettier they are to look at, and the better they smell when cooking. If they come from your own garden, all the better! A salad offering fresh vegetables is often a beautiful thing to see. The green, red, orange, and yellow colors offer a plate full of rainbows. Being summer, most vegetables are available. If you want them all year long you may want to take up canning while you can. Vegetables are art in its natural form, and they are good for you as well. That’s a win-win. If you don’t have your own garden there are plenty of you-pick farms and co-op gardens available.
How to celebrate – See how many vegetables to can name. (remembering vegetables such as tomatoes are actually considered a fruit). Start your own garden. Include fresh vegetables in all your meals.
Roses are red violets are… well, never mind that, this is just roses are red day. Roses are probably the flower most associated with feelings. They are beautiful, smell wonderful and bring joy to nearly everyone who receives them or sends them. In case you get confused like me, red roses signify love; pink are for “thank you”, which may come after the red if they work as intended; yellow are for joy; and red and white are for those lucky enough to fall in love at first sight. Those colors are simple, where it gets complex is if the rose is white or cream, light pink or dark pink, or even orange. Anyway, I hope your day is filled with red roses today.
How to celebrate – Grow a rose garden. Send someone you love roses. Learn the meaning of every color rose.
April showers bring May flowers, but if you want them to stick around after May you need to water them! Though the day tells us just to pick out one and water it, it’s better if you water them all. Flowers brighten up our day, they smell good and can be enjoyed by all who happen to pass by them. The sun does a lot to help your flowers grow and if you are lucky enough to get rain to water them you are all set. But just as you would care for a child or a pet you need to tend to your gardens. It doesn’t take long and you can even install a system to take care of the watering for you. Or, you can enjoy your flowers even better by watering them yourself.
How to celebrate – Spend sometime with your flowers. Water your plants. Talk to your plants to help them grow.
There are few things as rewarding as planting a garden and watching it grow. It’s sort of like having a child, except it grows faster and can’t give you hugs. There is just something about the feeling you get from watching a garden grow and you can actually reap rewards by eating what you grow and sharing it with others too. So you plant your garden hoping something will grow and then getting excited when those first few signs of life pop to the surface. We normally take pictures so we can share the growth with others, we feed it, water it and prune it… protect it bugs and animals and then… you eat it. There is something odd in all that. the day was created by Bob Matthews in 2019 of Rochester, NY.
How to celebrate – Plant your garden. Take pictures of your garden. Reap the rewards of your work.
May 16th Plant A Lemon Tree Day
Lemon trees provide us with lemons, obviously, but also a wonderful fragrance and they give off oxygen. That’s a win, win, win! There is a tradition a lot of people do when buying a new home. They plant a tree and watch it grow as they live in the house. If that sounds like a good idea to you, try planting a lemon tree. Once it starts producing fruit you can open a lemonade stand to help pay off that mortgage too!
How to celebrate – Plant a lemon tree. See how many different types of lemon you can name. Learn all the different things you can create from a lemon.
Celebrate the last Friday of April, today is the day we honor trees. Actually, we honor the planting of trees. It is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and began in 1872. The Latin word for tree is Arbor. I love trees. I can’t tell one from the other nor can I tell you their names. There are the obvious ones like the Apple tree or an Oak but for the most part, I just appreciate them for being a tree. It’s roots, no pun intended, began when American’s started moving west and came to the vast sections of treeless land. As they settled the people planted trees for numerous reasons, food, shade, oxygen, shelter are just among a few.
How to celebrate – Plant a tree today. Visit a forest. Help save the rain forest.
Today is the day set aside for lover’s. Now most of us think lover’s are people who are drawn to each other but there is more to being a lover than just how you feel about another person. It applies to anything that you love, animals, plants, books, tennis, baseball, music, movies… it can go on and on. The general idea is that anything to love, love to see or love to do is celebrated today. And I suppose it is possible to love many things all at the same time. This does not include things you like a lot, you have to love them!
How to celebrate – List everything you love. Spend a little time with everything you love today. If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with!
With the weather getting better (I hope) it is time to think about those things that make our homes, and our world, a more beautiful place to live in. With the ground thawing out why not plant some flowers!?! They grow fairly quickly, they add color, and generally smell nice. Unless you get some kind of exotic flower they are generally pretty cheap to grow. Plants and flowers are like that fashion accessory to your outfit that adds just the right amount of zing. So why not add some zing to your yard, your window sill, or your patio. Leave the world a more beautiful place than you found it.
How to celebrate – Plant a flower. Plant a garden. Learn which of the many flowers available is your favorite.
March 7th Plant Power Day
Plants are all around us, some provide shade and others hold riverbanks together, but today was created, by Alpro, to recognize those plants we can eat. It is a great day for those who don’t eat meat and really a good day for all of us to eat healthier and wiser. You might be surprised at the plants you can eat, just make sure they won’t poison you first. You can start by having a salad, then have vegetables and finally fruit for dessert (after all, fruit is a plant too!).
How to celebrate – Learn what plants you can eat in your neighborhood. Learn how to cook plants the proper way. Plant a garden.