Like many Minnesotans, I use holidays as signals of the seasons. Memorial Day marks the beginning of the gardening season, and Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. So, as of Thursday, the holidays begin. That means two things: 1) I am now officially behind on my cooking, cleaning, crafting and shopping and 2) I can finally bear to look at the store displays of Christmas decorations that have been up since August.
DON'T MISS THIS
The home-furnishings market in High Point, N.C., is where manufacturers show off their latest wares. To see the best-in-show from the October market, head to Gabberts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is free, but reservations are requested. Call 952-928-3123.
do it now
When you're cleaning house for the holidays, don't forget to give your houseplants a seasonal bath. Wipe the top and bottom of large leaves with a soft, moist cloth. Place plants with lots of small leaves in the sink or shower and spray them with lukewarm water.
COMING NEXT WEEK
Our annual gift issue includes ideas for thoughtful presents for the host, gardener, collector, handyman or birder in your life as well as suggestions for ways to give back to the community.