One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Memorial Day Weekend


The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion,and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.

– General Orders 11, Grand Army of the Republic



“In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place;

and in the sky, the larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.”

“We are the dead.

Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.”


Take up our quarrel with the foe: to you from failing hands we throw


“The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep,

though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.”

— Lt.-Col John Alexander McCrae, 1872 – 1918



Comments on: "Memorial Day Weekend" (6)

  1. Beautiful tribute! The combination of the words and the flowers make a perfect combination.

  2. Beautiful. Happy Memorial Day to you.

  3. A lovely and fitting tribute!

  4. And happy Memorial Day to you, Greg! This must be the start of what’s your busiest season where you are. Hopefully your photos will motivate a few folks to splurge on some gas and head on over to the Cape.

  5. This is beautiful. Thank you for strewing Memorial Day with flowers.

  6. Very nice tribute for Memorial Day.

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