Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer Readiness




Memorial Day weekend in Michigan is the official start to summer like everywhere else in the country, but it's also planting weekend. I was always taught that you could safely plant flowers and not have to worry about frost, if you waited until Memorial weekend. So, I always set aside my long holiday weekend for trips to the garden center and planting. By the time Monday comes, all my wood chips will be refreshed, all my flower beds will be edged and flowers will be planted in pots. Later today, I will make my first trip to the garden center and as any gardener knows, it's a happy day.



I will start getting my patio ready for summer afternoons and evenings. My patio set and other comfy chairs that surround the fire pit will be getting a paint touch up and all the cushions will get hosed off and plumped; ready for a new season.



I will also be mixing up my favorite summer cocktails like this Simple Cranberry Margarita. It's one of my favorite summertime things to do; sit outside, relax and enjoy the sunshine with a fun cocktail and a good book.



From now until fall, I will be cutting flowers for simple bouquets, usually in mason jars, that I love to scatter around my house. Right now, the spirea is blooming, but soon it will be my late blooming lilacs, phlox growing wild in the woods, daisies and zinnias.

There will also be barbecuing, outdoor dining, trips to the lake, Saturday farmers' markets and weekends away. So much summer goodness to look forward to.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


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  1. I will be planting, too, on this beautiful Michigan weekend. My patio furniture is sitting in the sun after a long winter in the shed, and my lilacs are (finally!) starting to form fat buds. Happy days, indeed. :)

  2. I cheated and planted last weekend. I'm so excited at the warm weather we're already experiencing. Even the nights have been great. I hope you have an enjoyable planting weekend and find some goodies! My spirea is starting to bloom and a honeysuckle bush that I have. My lilacs aren't blooming yet but close- although other lilacs are blooming all over town.
    Nothing beats the summers in Michigan- right!! Cheers to a great weekend!

  3. I do love lilacs. Wish we had them in Florida. Have fun with your gardening!!

  4. I love the May long weekend for the same reasons. We had ours here in Canada last weekend. But in many areas it's too cold to plant annuals and tender vegetables, so I am doing it slowly. Yesterday I planted up all my containers and then napped on the deck!! Napped on the deck!! I love summer!

  5. It sounds ever so lovely. Summers are not often warm enough to sit outside with a cocktail and a book here, such a shame. Enjoy your garden weekend.

  6. Same here:) We are cleaning the cushions and I am cutting bouquets to enjoy inside! Have a blessed day dear Vicki, HUGS!

  7. I have always followed the same rule about planting on Memorial Day. But this year, I started a week early, since it was so warm here, and, I wanted to have it all finished for my bbq on Sunday. Hope you enjoyed the weekend!


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