I’ve always refrained from planting flowers until after Mothers’ Day because my mother told me that is what you should do. This year, that piece of folk wisdom turned out to be wise, indeed, because the overnight temperature on Mothers’ Day dipped below freezing and left a significant layer of frost on the ground and on the boardwalk. I’m not sure it would have been enough to kill or damage delicate summer flowers, but because I held off on planting I don’t have to worry about it.
Sometimes old sayings are worth crediting. After our frosty Mothers’ Day experience, I’m now totally resolved not to jump off a cliff just because all of my friends do so.