With the first of May arriving this week, I thought it an apt time to pause and reflect on the historical traditions associated with the special day. From a Red Square affair to a celebration of weather fair, May Day has been associated with a variety of rites and rituals.
On today's Growing on the High Plains, we'll remember one such custom: building and bestowing floral May baskets to an unsuspecting neighbor. I have personal memories designing and delivering these merry surprises, though it seems their existence has faded in recent decades. No matter. May this installment be a May Day gift, from me to you.