When March comes round on the Cape and islands, nearly everybody has the identical want: “I can’t look forward to heat climate and spring.” This yr, due to COVID-19 restrictions we’re extra determined than ever to hunt the outside.
If the isolation of this pandemic has taught me something, it’s to understand the numerous easy issues I usually take as a right.
As I enterprise out in a couple of weeks and my coronary heart dances with the daffodils, to paraphrase William Wordsworth, I understand how a lot I (and all of us) ought to admire the devoted work of a whole bunch of volunteers who’ve glorified our city by planting these first floral harbingers of spring. We get pleasure from a legacy of tens of 1000’s of golden blooms that greet our spring awakening.
In 2014, as a part of the Sandwich 375th birthday celebration, 4,500 bulbs have been planted round city. The Kiwanis Membership, Sandwich Excessive college students, and a Woman Scout Brownie Troop, and particularly the Sandwich Backyard Membership beneath the management of former resident Joanne Westerhouse, joined forces to beautify public areas across the village. One other 2,700 tubers have been bought by non-public people to glorify houses and companies, including to an abundance of bulbs planted over earlier years. These have all multiplied, and this yr the flowers must be extra superb than ever. Fortunately, Mom Nature’s bounty isn’t restricted by COVID-19 or social distancing.
Past daffodils, a botanical gem is Mill Creek Park, within the heart of City Corridor Sq., and arguably one of the scenic spots on Cape Cod—a must-stop for many tour buses attests to it. In 2016, surplus funds raised by the 375th Sandwich Anniversary committee, chaired by Sandwich resident Cindy Russell, have been used to radically rework this as soon as nice sufficient space right into a multi-seasonal extravaganza of gorgeous blooms. Specimen timber, hydrangeas, holly bushes and deciduous shrubs have been planted with the purpose of making magnificence in each bloom season from spring to fall.
This neighborhood challenge, involving planning, patio set up, planting, set up of signage, and benches, enlisted a whole bunch of hours of cumulative time from devoted volunteers. Underneath the path of Ms. Russell, neighborhood members Mary Bowker, Donna and Jeff Kutil, Jay Pateakos, Invoice Daley, Don Bayley, Invoice Diedering, Jim Coogan, Gail Ravetz, Daryl Crossman, and plenty of chamber volunteers labored tirelessly to make the park what it’s immediately. BJ’s Garden Care and Landscaping volunteered their time and supplies at value to construct the second brick patio, set up the benches and signal plaques, and mulch the brand new backyard beds.
It is going to be fantastic to see new progress and floral choices, however the magnificence can solely be enhanced by remembering what a real neighborhood effort created these for our enjoyment, significantly after such a tough yr of staying indoors and being remoted.
Ms. Kleekamp is an creator and artist who lives on Water Avenue.