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March 20 marked the first day of spring, and with this new season, comes good thoughts of May days, trees in bloom and gardens brimming with sweet new soil. And while we may have to wait a little longer for this collective greening in Maine, it’s nice to know these days are only weeks away.

In particular, MP finds herself thinking about a solo visit to Mount Desert last spring, where one of her must-sees included Asticou Azalea Garden. The Japanese-style garden was designed in 1957 by Charles K. Savage, a passionate conservationist and the former manager of the historic Asticou Inn. The garden, located just off Route 198 South in Northeast Harbor, is an oasis for a mom in search of spring blooms. And oh, did this stunning space deliver! MP discovered quiet pathways, stone steps leading to Asticou pond, and all manner of spring unfurling before her eyes.

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At garden camp this week, the Cute Potato kids made homemade cards using sliced carrots, beets, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers as stamps. The counselors set up a simple working station with plates of tempera paint and colorful cards. MP enjoyed watching the kids create their own special patterns and designs.

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With all of this beautiful sunny weather (finally), we have gardening on our minds. Of course, MP can’t help herself when it comes to fun garden finds. Check out this elephant watering can she discovered at our local hardware store:

Too cute to pass up, right?

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The kids have a stockpile of Highlights High Five magazines on their bookshelf. On rainy days, they’ll often revisit those magazines in search of an easy craft project. CP#1 and #2 wanted to try the Patchwork Flowerpot in the July 2011 issue, so we gave the project a go. All you need is a small terracotta pot, fabric glue, paintbrushes, and fabric scraps.

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Sometimes our best craft ideas are inspired by friends. A few weeks ago, CP#1’s classmate arrived at our local Children’s Garden Party in the cutest straw hat. Her mother found the hat in Target’s $1 bin, purchased ribbon, some artificial flowers and let her daughter do the decorating. We love simple craft projects like these, so the team went on a search mission for our own straw hats. We discovered some fun styles at the Salvation Army in South Portland and the Falmouth Goodwill for just $2 apiece…. score!

CP#1’s hat pre-makeover (the existing purple flower stayed put)

CP#2’s cowboy hat

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Today, Team Cute Potato braved the crowds in Boothbay for the much-anticipated opening of the Bibby & Harold Alfond Children’s Garden.

The team stands in front of a colorful mural before entering the garden

We missed the initial pomp and circumstance, which included opening remarks from Senator Susan Collins, Maine’s First Lady Karen Baldacci, a parade, ribbon cutting ceremony and the quick devouring of 500 cupcakes.

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