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Early Spring Cleaning


This is one of my all time very favorite photos. I saw it a few years ago on Facebook and wish I knew who made it.  Contained in one photo is what we’re all feeling. Spring is coming, we know it. We can feel it. We’re ready for it. Oh the possibilities! But, brrr! These cold temperatures…and what is it with all this snow coming and going. Mark Twain once said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”

Even with these ups and downs in the weather, Spring is just about here. What are you doing to get ready? Are you thinking of plants to add to your garden? Maybe you have already stopped in to explore the possibilities and see all the new plants that are arriving each day (I think last week I saw 5 tractor trailers of plants arrive in just one day!).

For me, this is a time to clean out closets and boxes of stuff. In doing so, I’m discovering so many things from the past. The question then comes, what do I keep? What will my children or grandchildren really want down the road when I’m long gone? Should I just wait and let them decide?  I am trying to downsize; however, there is just so much stuff. Just the other day, I was given two small record books that my grandmother, Rose Behnke, kept from 1952 and 1955 where she kept details of the African violets she was growing and hybridizing. Names of the violets along with how they performed and how many cuttings she took. Will this even mean something to anyone years from now? Will anyone even know what they are? For now, I am keeping them in a safe place with a letter on top explaining what they were about.

What do you do with the treasures you find when Spring cleaning?

by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President

Stephanie Fleming

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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