Happy Monday to you all!
It will be a short week at work for me, as I took off Thursday and Friday to enjoy a camping trip to Michigan. For all you outer-continental readers, Monday is a national holiday called ‘Labor Day’.
In accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union, the first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday September 5, 1882, in New York City. The Central Labor Union arranged one the following year on September 5, 1883.
In 1884, the first Monday in September was chosen as the holiday and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example and celebrate a “working man’s holiday”. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many parts of the country.
The nation started giving increasing importance to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. Oregon was the first state to pass legislation for Labor Day on February 21, 1887. During the same year four more states: Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York created the Labor Day holiday. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska and Pennsylvania followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and all the territories.
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Stachys bysantina ‘Helen Von Stein’ or ‘Big ears’ – Lamb’s ears or betony
Cucurbita pepo – Pumpkins
Hibiscus trionum – Flower of the hour
Cucumis melo – Cantaloupe, also cantelope, cantaloup, muskmelon, mushmelon, rockmelon, sweet melon, Persian melon, spanspek or Garmak
Physalis longifolia – common groundcherry, long-leaved groundcherry and wild tomatillo.
Silphium perfoliatum – cup plant
Oenothera biennis – bastard evening-primrose, common evening-primrose
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Red Heart’ – Rose of Sharon
Prunus × cistena – Sandhill cherry
Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’ – Shasta daisy
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