To those who live in other regions, May seems very late for the coming of spring and it is. But May in the North is a matchless month. The weather is ideal and nature is in a bewitching renaissance. This has a tantalizing effect upon the gardener who has waited so long to get started again.
There is practically nothing in the line of gardening, lawn making and landscaping that cannot be done now. Even the planting of tulips, hyacinths, hardy narcissus and other spring flowering bulbs can be done now. This will be on a very limited scale, of course, using the potted bulbs that have been in cold storage producing roots without tops during the winter.
These bulbs, offered by some nurseries and florists, appeal to those who failed to get bulbs in the ground last fall and who will not be happy without some of them in the flower garden this spring.
The preparation of garden beds is in progress early in May if it was not done in April. In some parts of the North spring comes very late, making it necessary to postpone preparations. All dormant, woody plants, trees, shrubs and vines can and should be planted this month. Evergreens, too. can be planted up to the time they start to grow which is about mid-May for all varieties. It is especially desirable to get spruces, firs and pines planted before last years buds start to sprout. Risk of injury is great after they start to grow. The planting season for dormant deciduous trees and shrubs extends over a much longer period of time, through all of May and into June.
In the southern part of our area seeds of garden flowers may be sown early in May but safe dates are later as you go northward. A late frost will nullify any advantages expected from seeds sown too early. Seedling plants (commercially referred to as transplants”) may be set out when it is safe to sow flowers of the south seeds. Window box plants, bedding plants, geraniums, callas, caladiums and tuberous begonias should not be put outdoors , until the last week of May, and later in the extreme north.
Cutworms no longer are the dreaded destroyers of seedlings that they were in the past. Using an organic product like Neem oil as an insecticide on the ground right after preparing the soil for seeding or planting will control this common pest. Postpone seeding or planting a day or two after applying the insecticide. Repeated dusting will be necessary after a good rain and while the plants are very young and susceptible to attack.
An important point in the care of tulips during the blooming season is to remove the flowers as soon as they have faded before the petals shatter and fall to the ground. This is done for several reasons; one is because a spent bloom is unattractive. Another is because petals that fall to the ground may be a source of disease. Finally, the plants should not be permitted to go to seed because seed production uses food which otherwise could be stored in the bulb where it is needed for continued life and future flower production.
The Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Use These Tips For Yours!
Many of us have daydreamed about the day when we will walk down the aisle ever since childhood, right down to the gown we will wear, what our hair will look like, and the colors in our bouquet. Wedding planning can be thrilling but without help, it can be overwhelming.
Weddings are one of the more difficult things to plan during the course of your life. Make sure that before your wedding, you are extremely organized so you are in a great position when it comes time to decide on certain questions. This will give you the best opportunity for success.
Remember to consider how you would like the alcohol at your reception served, and how much it will cost. If there is one thing people like more than alcohol, it is free alcohol, and an open bar can quickly become a huge expense, especially the longer it remains open. Check with your venue to find out the alcohol options they have for you to choose from.
If something goes wrong on your wedding day, don't freak out! My cake fell over on the way to my ceremony, and both the best man and woman were unable to attend. In the end, those people are no longer in my life and my new best woman was a cake decorator who was able to fix the cake. It will always work out!
Think of an exotic location for your wedding to make it even more fun and memorable! You could hold your ceremony at a ranch and ride a white horse down the aisle, or have it at a wildlife preserve and have an animal bring the rings down the aisle. I wouldn't recommend choosing a turtle for that job, though!
If you are planning a wedding, consider keeping your guest list on the smaller side. You can save money by having not so many guests. You can show your small number of guests' greater details such as large gift baskets, large meals, and limo services. This can be paid for just by reducing your guest list.
Consider visiting a local park or museum to have your wedding photos taken. It's amazing to have a gorgeous background in your photographs, but sometimes your actual wedding location might not offer such a view. Contact your city's government office to see if you'll need a photography license for the location you choose.
Make sure that after your wedding you send thank-you notes to all of your guests for not only coming to your wedding but for the gifts that they gave to you. This will make them feel special and show that you appreciated them using their time to share your special moment.
If you're going to photograph a wedding, change up your style a few times. Look for angles you might not have shot from before to give the wedding album something unique and different to set it apart from the rest. Go up high or down load, shoot wide angles and tight.
Look around before committing to a photographer. You do not want to have someone taking wedding pictures that you are not pleased with. Look for online reviews to find great photographers.
Try to avoid being sick for your wedding! Up your intake of Vitamin C and eat only healthy items in the weeks leading up to the big day. Stay away from any foods that may cause stomach upset or gas as the last thing you want to do when you're standing at the front of the ceremony is be flatulent!
It is okay to let loose at your wedding reception. Many people take their wedding day too serious and do not remember it is supposed to be a joyous occasion. When this happens, they look back at their special day with unpleasant memories. Laugh with your guests, and dance to upbeat music.
Ensure that everyone coming to your destination wedding, knows exactly what to do and where to go when they get off the plane. Provide them with detailed instructions on how to get to the hotel and then, how to get from the hotel to your wedding location. They should also have help in heading home.
You do not have to be overwhelmed by the thought of planning your wedding once you use the tips you have just read. With the tips from above, you can handle planning your wedding and look forward to your big day.