The shadbush are in bloom again. Most shadbush are tucked into the woods or leaning out from under the trees along the roadsides which keeps them small and lopsided. You should see the one at Mytoi. It’s spectacular, out in the open where it has lots of room to spread upward and outward.

It’s also time for the Mytoi spring clean-up, Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring gloves and wear a mask. There will be leaf raking, deer cage removal and weeding — all very satisfying activities. Lindsay Patterson Allison has been volunteering in the garden for 44 years, organizing other volunteers to keep the garden lovely and lively. The spring clean-up has been held on Mother’s Day weekend for more than two decades.

The Trustees Of Reservations are still seeking a seasonal gardener for Mytoi. On the TTOR website, choose “career opportunities” and scroll down to Seasonal Horticulturist and Gardener – Martha’s Vineyard Mytoi. I borrowed the following from the TTOR website: “The Trustees is seeking a friendly, out-going, and highly organized individual to work closely with our dedicated staff and volunteers to ensure the proper care and stewardship of Mytoi, to perform all garden tasks including trail building, grounds maintenance, mulching, planting, pruning and mowing in accordance with the management plan and work plan associated with the garden, as well as lead garden tours and interpretive walks. Lots more details on the website and you can apply right there on line.”

Sounds like a nice way to spend the summer!