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All these traditions about new beginnings

May 13, 2009

This weekend is going to be an exciting one, and special, since it’s the 2-year anniversary of my move to Ithaca/Slaterville (and this here blog), and we’ll repeat all the major events of that first weekend and add a new tradition.

lilacsIt starts again at the suit sale in Rochester, this time for interview clothes rather than a wedding suit. We’ll be sure to stroll through the Highland Park lilacs in the evening but won’t get to the festival proper.

haulThen–you knew this was coming–Saturday is the Ithaca Plant Sale! Being able to have a giant vegetable patch and make real gardens of my own for the first time was one of the sweet benefits of moving here that I so looked forward to in Vegas. So while we sowed a lot of seed this year and don’t *need* a lot of plants, Saturday is more than just shopping. It’s excitement, promise, memory, and color-filled hopefulness in a high school parking lot, and I can’t wait.
This year, I’m participating too, helping out at the Adirondack Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society’s sale. Stop by!

What’s new to us is the Danby Plant Exchange, but it’s been around 17 years: “The 17th annual Plant Exchange will take place on Sunday May 17, from 1:00 to 4:00, at the Danby Fire Station on route 96B. This free event is an opportunity to swap, donate, and try new perennials, houseplants, seeds, annual seedlings, and anything else garden related.” What a great idea, and I probably don’t need all 700 foxglove seedlings that came up.

With a holiday on the horizon and the symbolic slide into summer at school’s end, what traditions are you looking forward to?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2009 8:29 pm

    Since coming to Cornell nearly 10 years ago, I’ve helped every with the plant set up our Department of Horticulture does at various venues around campus for graduation. It’s a great time, hauling coleus and ferns and the famous Cornell red and white geraniums. Graduation is a big deal here, and helping make it special in a small way is gratifying.

    • May 15, 2009 12:29 pm

      I bet that’s a happy time for everyone–and colorful!

  2. May 17, 2009 12:03 am

    and how can you forget that we first met at the ithaca plant sale! with your camera in hand, wagon in tow, with that wild-eyed-i-just-moved-from-vegas-and-where-are-your-tomatoes look in your eyes… kinda makes me want to order up a ziffy special to celebrate…!

    hope the weather cooperated for ya’ll today…

    • May 18, 2009 1:31 pm

      It was the day we met! And I remember the feeling oh-so-well. I got it again yesterday. We ran into some plant sci people so we got to talk about you at least :) The storms held off until the p.m., thank goodness, cause they were huge.

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