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March 29, 2022
In today’s world, the same products can be found in every Big Box store in every state. Isn’t it refreshing to find something unique at a Mom & Pop store that no one else has discovered? Small, independent and often family-owned, Mom & Pop businesses have a real impact on their community by providing jobs and recycling money earned back into their local community. To some twenty-seven million small businesses, we CONGRATULATE you on National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day!
Spring Fever: that restless, unsettled feeling you have and don’t quite know what to do with. March 20th, 2022 may remedy the fever. A time for renewal, an explosion of color as trees grow greener covering bare branches. Everything comes to life.
The First Day of Spring: a symbolic mind-set that winter’s grey is behind us (and hopefully it is)! At dawn’s early light on warm spring days when the song birds are singing, followed by bumblebees buzzing, it’s a sign to dust off the winter blues.
Today is a day to celebrate all things Irish like corned beef and cabbage, leprechauns, green beer, and shamrocks.
The term shamrock translates as “little clover”. A four-leafed clover, considered a symbol of good luck is an uncommon variation of the three-leafed clover, a type of trefoil plant. The gene responsible for four-leafed clovers is recessive and a rare occurrence.
Clover is primarily insect-pollinated and attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators, you know the bees and butterflies the human race and earth need to survive. Clover is a host plant to various species of butterflies and a good source of nectar for bees.
It is said that whoever stumbles across a four-leafed clover is granted good luck and protected from any bad luck. If you are the 1 in 10,000 to find a “lucky four-leaf clover”, may your pockets be heavy and your hearts be light! Wishing you a lot of luck on St Paddy’s Day.
It all started with the “Botanist President” George Washington, our 1st president. John Adams, our 2nd president planted the 1st veggie garden at the White House. Along comes Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd president and a passionate horticulturist who started the tradition of planting trees around the White House. Formal gardens were planted at the nation’s Capitol by our 6th president, John Quincy Adams. It would be our 7th president, Andrew Jackson who created the White House orangery, an early type of greenhouse.
Thank you to the founding fathers and their love of gardens!
It is believed that if the groundhog emerges from its burrow on Feb 2nd and sees its shadow, it will retreat to its den and there will be six more weeks of winter. No shadow signals the early arrival of spring. Since the groundhog hibernates every winter, the fact that it would consider leaving its burrow is an instinctive sign that spring is to follow.
Here’s hoping the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow on this uniquely American holiday tradition.