With Memorial Day weekend comes the unofficial start of summer, traffic on the roads, and plenty of planting as well.
Garden centers were busy Friday and will be even busier on the weekend as flowers go in the ground and gardens get going in this summer like heat.
It was a relaxing Friday morning at the Sixteen Acres Garden Center in Springfield, home to all things summer - from the beautiful sky and scenery, to fresh flowers, and everything in between.
"Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the weekend that everybody wants to plant their vegetable garden and also pay tribute to those who have fallen," said Judith Bordenuk with Sixteen Acres Garden Center.
However, this weekend is no different. It's, in fact, the busiest weekend of the year as residents walked the aisles of the greenhouse to find that favorite flower to pay a special tribute. The journey, though, to get there was not an easy one.
"It was a hard winter for many plants and there are some shrubs that haven't made it, perennials," Bordenuk said.
It has happened before though and now, today marks the start of a clean slate headed straight for summer.
While many will honor veterans, others were at the garden center to simply get that garden or front porch looking like summertime.
"Every year, my wife and I plant our flowers every Memorial Day and this is one of our favorite places to come," said Dave Grossi of Hampden.
Grossi told Western Mass News that he held off starting the garden due to the weather, but thankfully, it all timed out to this weekend, a chance to show off their petunia's to the neighborhood once again.
"They'll be in front of the house. We have two fences on each side of the driveway and we plant them around that and then we'll plant them around the mailbox, so it makes it look a lot nicer," Grossi added.
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