Back in the 17th century, a French shoemaker is said to have put a sign on his door that read: free between Mayday tree (Prunus padus) and Lilac (Syringa vulgaris). Not a very long vacation though… a few days with the sun and warmth and everything happens at once. Under the trees, the yellow Dandelions (Taraxacum) shoot up and suddenly the lawn is not green but yellow. I think of all the wonderful paintings my mother made of those yellow meadows that has brought so much joy to so many.