Taking time to smell the flowers

The annual Daffodil Festival is underway on Nantucket; and given the winter they had – hurricane force winds, frozen waves and feet of snow, they certainly deserve a moment in the sun. But not to take away from Boothbay Harbor, we’re more than thrilled to see the greening of the grass, the suggestion of buds on the branches and a few sheltered crocuses and daffodils of our own.

This week is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day; and looking back over the past four-plus decades is enough to make one stop and smell whatever flowers we can find. The environment is far from being beyond our stewardship. The fragile egg that is our planet still needs all the help it can get (which is why we take our environmentalism seriously, here atSpruce Point Inn).

Still, there are so many examples of celebration in the Mid-Coast Maine environment, from conservation efforts like the Boothbay Region Land Trust, to the blossoming of local sources for fruits, vegetables, herbs (including our own kitchen garden and orchard) and sustainably managed meats and fisheries.  The wild birds sing in the spruces. The puffins cavort on our islands. And the osprey return to the same nesting area to fishhawk their way through another summer.

To our south, the cherry trees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (in Kittery) are showing buds in their own good time, weeks after the Washington DC cherry trees bloomed. Did you know those famous Washington trees were a gift from Japan in thanks for the Portsmouth Peace Treaty? Signed at the Shipyard on September 5, 1905, the Treaty is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. Good cause for Maine to celebrate with blossoms.

Of course the expansive Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are stirring in their beds, too. Soon it will be Mothers Day – perhaps the grandest horticultural holiday of all – and then it will be May 22, opening day for the resort. We expect to be in full bloom by then – at least in terms of our hospitality. We look forward to “tending to our gardens” in the Voltaire sense, throughout the year.

Honor the trees on National Arbor Day on April 24th. Enjoy Earth Day 2015 and the festivitiesand “green” projects taking place around the coast this week.