One practice I love is the creation of May baskets. The old custom was to secretly leave the baskets of flowers and treats on someone’s porch or doorstep early in the morning. My introduction to May baskets came when I lived in Annapolis, Maryland. On the morning of May first the doorways of homes and businesses are adorned with beautiful baskets full of flowers. What started as a Garden Club beautification project over fifty years ago has evolved into an elaborate tradition in which residents and business not only decorate but compete for prize ribbons. An early morning walk around the historic district to view all the baskets and a coffee at a dockside coffee shop to listen to everyone comparing notes is a memory I will always cherish. I continue the basket making for the enjoyment it gives and this year I will be happy to include things flowering in my yard and garden that have not flowered before, including the lilac bush at the corner of the house, which now has so many blooms I actually smelled it when I walked out the front door.