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BONNIE'S GARDEN--Labor Day Musings

Labor Day—Weekend sales; family cook-outs; the last hurrah before school starts…

But do you know how Labor Day came to be?  The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City in 1882.  The first proposal by the Central Labor Union suggested that a parade take place to show “the strength and spirit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.”  This was to be followed by a fair for the workers and their families.

In 1994, after numerous states had followed New York’s example, the United States signed it into law.
Who, exactly, came up with the original idea?  Well, there seems to be a bit of confusion about that.  Some records show that a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor suggested it.  There is also  good evidence that a machinist acting as Secretary for  the Central Labor Union in New York suggested it in 1882.  Considering that’s where the first celebration was held, that’s probably closer to correct.

It’s hard to believe the first day of fall is only a little more than a couple of weeks away on Wednesday, September 23.   I’ve already noticed that it’s getting dark earlier every night.  Just one month ago, sunrise was at 6:18 and sunset was at 8:13.  Now sunrise is at 6:45 and sunset at 7:32—over an hour less of daylight.

I’ve already got spinach, kale, broccoli, and cabbage planted and will be tucking in some pretty blue violas this week, in between the caladiums still decorating the shady front flower bed.  They’ll have a few weeks to grow before I yank the caladiums out just before the first frost—on average here sometime between October 21 and 31. 

I need to decide where I want to tuck in some more spring-blooming bulbs—mid-October is prime bulb planting time.  I know I’ll put in more daffodils between my yard and my neighbor’s yard.  He has complained a little about voles and I don’t want in my yard.  A border of daffs between my yard and his should help—daffodils are poisonous, after all, and voles won’t eat them.  They’ll also service as a very nice natural repellent for the deer that occasionally come grazing—they don’t eat them either.

Maybe I’ll hit the Mall for some Labor Day sales—may as well do it now because I expect Christmas stuff will be showing up in the next few days.  Doesn’t it seem it shows up earlier every year?
Posted: 9/7/2015 by Bonnie Pega | with 0 comment(s)
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