“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.”– Ada Louise Huxtable
As summer kicks into high gear, I will be partaking of those balmy days here at home and basking in the knowledge that the world is open to me. Most years at this time we are in a hot, dry time with occasional showers and storms so the summer is a lovely time to enjoy the sun.
Right now though our spring is continuing to roller coaster. We have had more cool days and cold nights in June. A couple of warm days with sunshine but few. Rainfall totals in June have reached 8 inches and we are due for more. Flooding now is everywhere and my back gardens, actually all the gardens, are sodden. I have had to continue to wear my muck boots as I am ankle-deep in mud and water.
But I have faith there will be warm, muggy days in the sun to help me follow the flow of life. For me the feel of summer is as if time is standing still and each day is a new adventure. I plan on getting this feeling back over the summer. As I said in my Summer mantra, I am beginning again and delighted to find my next path. Summer is a perfect time for vacations. I rarely have taken summers off or gone on vacation in my educational career so this will be a joy.
“Forever — is composed of nows –“– Emily Dickinson
So let’s look at the celebrations this new summer season is bringing in the Northern Hemisphere:
Katarina@Roses and Stuff regales us with her perfect Sommarmorgon which is Swedish for Summer Morning. Early walks in the dawn of the day are refreshing, and I am planning to make the most of summer mornings. Thanks for reminding me Katarina.
Loredana@Blogging Away is celebrating Tranquility this summer, and she finds it throughout the beautiful NY countryside.
What I enjoy about summer is spending lots of time outdoors in the peacefulness of nature. Life can be so hectic sometimes, and I just love quiet moments.
I so agree Loredana that the perfection of summer is finding those tranquil moments, and I will be noticing them throughout my summer.
From Edinburgh, Scotland, Angie@Angie’s Garden Diaries is awash in sparrow fledglings. Her pictures are so cute of the babes around her garden. Bird babies are certainly a welcome sight in summer as we watch them grow, and get ready to move on eventually.
The beautiful white lilies at Roses and Other Gardening Joys, Holley’s Texas garden blog, are certainly something to celebrate in both the sunlight and moonlight. Holley tells us she reigns over her garden as judge and jury and I for one am glad since she has some of the most beautiful flowers especially roses. I realized I did not have any lilies in my white garden, but was able to find a few still available and have planted them. Can’t wait to see them Holley!
Karin@Southern Meadows is having a summer party in her Georgia garden as she celebrates no schedules and alarm clocks. Karin’s gardens are an oasis for pollinators finding nectar in native plants. And then there are the “berry” good surprises in the edible garden too. My favorite kind of surprises, yummy!
I agree with Karin that summer is perfect for throwing away clocks and schedules if you can. Time to enjoy each and every moment.
KL@Beautiful Boonton and A Novice Gardener is reveling in summer although the weather in her NJ garden is similar to mine. And NJ gardens are known for their fabulous edibles so I was not surprised to see the wonderful fruits and veggies already growing there.
As this gardener puts it, “So, summer is a time for me to rejoice as much as in birth, life and beauty as in death.”
I can relate as we gardeners know summer is so busy growing some plants and eradicating others….you know those pesky weeds.
Do you ever throw caution to the wind? That’s the question Beth@PlantPostings asks us. Beth contemplates the risks as she accompanies her Wisconsin Master Naturalist class on a hike through a beautiful natural prairie a rare sight indeed. Good thing Beth threw caution to the wind and enjoyed the unique and wonderful sights without worrying about any turned ankles, ticks or the like. I think I will take her lesson to heart and just enjoy all the unique opportunities summer has to offer.
Michelle@The Sage Butterfly is moving from spring into summer in her Virginia garden. As she puts it:
Summer brings lazy days of drinking lemonade on the patio, slow rambles by the creek catching a glimpse of dragonflies, and early warm mornings listening to birds awaken and stretch through the sky.
All lovely childhood memories of summer for me that I hope to reawaken.
And from her lovely Maine garden, Jean@Jean’s Garden gives us a tour on this first day of summer. We are surrounded by the lovely pastel pinks that seem to be everywhere. As Jean puts it,
The soft, sweet feel of the summer air is echoed in the garden, which is primarily a study in soft pastels. As I looked out from the deck this morning, I saw a mix of blues, pinks and lavenders.
What a spectacular view from a tranquil garden that I hope one day to visit.
Pam@Pam’s English Cottage Garden celebrated the arrival of summer with a tour of her beautiful Pennsylvania gardens. I adore her cottage gardens and would love to visit them someday. The people who had a tour on this glorious longest day were very lucky indeed. Summer is off to a grand start in Pam’s Garden.
There is a celebration of roses this June summer at Pat@Commonweeder’s Connecticut garden. She has 60+ stunning roses that she is featuring on her wonderful blog. I am looking forward to visiting her garden one June in the future to see these roses in person, and drink in their heavenly sight and scent.
Andrea@igardendaily in Idaho is celebrating the change to summer with garden tours and shasta daisies. As she says:
Tell me gardeners, what screams “Happiness” more than Shasta daisies! These joyous little blooms just have a way of bringing a smile to your mind and maybe even some extra energy for the day.
I love daisies this time of year and can’t wait to see all the lovely petals that bring a smile to my face. Andrea reminds us to continue the summer celebration with visits to gardens or spend time in your own.
I hope you enjoyed this retrospective of these wonderful blog posts. Feel free to click through and read the entire post…you won’t be disappointed.
As I leave you with a very lovely contemplative summer poem, I hope you will join in the next Seasonal Celebration. It will start September 1st.
“A something in a summer’s Day
As slow her flambeaux burn away
Which solemnizes me.
A something in a summer’s noon —
A depth — an Azure — a perfume —
And still within a summer’s night
A something so transporting bright
I clap my hands to see —
Then veil my too inspecting face
Lets such a subtle — shimmering grace
Flutter too far for me —
The wizard fingers never rest —
The purple brook within the breast
Still chafes it narrow bed —
Still rears the East her amber Flag —
Guides still the sun along the Crag
His Caravan of Red —
So looking on — the night — the morn
Conclude the wonder gay —
And I meet, coming thro’ the dews
Another summer’s Day!”
– Emily Dickinson, A Something in a Summer’s Day
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