“The followed that beautiful season…Summer.
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
With the beginning of June just around the corner, it is time for our second Seasonal Celebrations. It is hard to believe that another season is upon us especially given the crazy weather we have had this spring. For those of us up in the Northern hemisphere we are heading into summer although it has felt like summer for weeks. Our neighbors to the South are moving into their winter; a very different winter indeed. So what about this coming season is special for you? What holidays say summer or winter? Do you do anything special in the garden during this new season?
Here in central New York as summer heats up, the blazing sun has us headed for shade, under the trees listening to the drone of insects and dreaming. Each summer, I am taken back to my childhood in northern Indiana. It was a time of swimming every day (if it wasn’t raining), wading in the creek or crick as we called it, days spent at Campfire Girls camp, riding bikes, playing until the fireflies came out and the street lights came on. Then dragging home with the heat of the day still clinging to dusk, and keeping the day alive as I drifted off to sleep dreaming of tomorrow ready to skip rope and climb trees the next day. So as I harken back to those childhood days, here are my dreams as this summer season approaches:
1. Lazy days on the front porch-My front porch is hidden from view this time of year by trees and shrubs. What better place to sit in the shade and listen to the hum of the bees. And oh the scent from the many flowers in pots and growing along the porch is amazing. I remember as a child sitting on a friend’s front porch and swinging as the breeze blew.
2. Miles of meadows-I remember running amongst meadow flowers as a child. Picking bouquets to bring home and playing hide and seek amongst the tall grasses and plants. Usually at the end of the meadow was a small hill we would roll down laughing all the way. Of course this is probably why I had to grow a meadow. Those memories are strong.
3. Fourth of July picnics and fireworks-I remember there were many weekend trips to friends’ houses out in the country where we would have an incredible picnic with food all day, and then top it off with fireworks especially on the 4th. I would enjoy the long, dark ride home with the moon following us (or so I thought) and seeing the many fireworks light up the sky as we passed through the outskirts of towns.
4. Containers with bright colors– These remind me of my mom and all the wonderful annuals she planted. I don’t recall her having pots of flowers but she would plant brightly colored displays all along the front of the house. I loved the smell and sight that exploded as they bloomed all summer. Petunias, marigolds and snapdragons were some of the flowers I recall her planting. I think that is why I love to plant so many containers of brightly colored annuals every year.
5. The shade of big trees-I have always loved big trees; climbing them and sitting in a tree fort surveying the land. The view from on high was one of my best memories from my childhood. The feel of the hot air rushing through and then suddenly cooled by the leaves was amazing and sometimes scary if you were really high up. Being cradled in the branches of a huge tree was like being held in the creator’s hand I think. I have never been fond of heights, but I always braved them to climb a tree as a child.
6. Veggies– My mom grew cherry tomatoes along the back of the house and side of the garage in Indiana, and once we moved to New York my parents expanded their garden plot that seemed to grow bigger every year. I so enjoyed picking and eating veggies right there in the garden.
7. Picking fruit-We grew strawberries in a big patch behind the garage. We did nothing fancy to them and they just grew and grew every year. But to get any other fresh fruit, my mom loved to take us pickin’ as we called it. The best pickin’ was when we went peach and blueberry picking. I LOVE blueberries and my mom would freeze them. They were a cold refreshing snack all summer. And she would make homemade peach pies. There was nothing better and it is one of my favorite pies to make. Actually I love making any berry pie.
8. Homemade popsicles and the ice cream man-I loved the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street playing his song. And what was a dime for a Popsicle; too much for my family. It was a rare treat that we would buy popsicles. My mom was forever economizing for a family of six and one of her best ideas was home-made popsicles. She would make HiC from the packets with much less sugar than it called for and pour them into the Popsicle trays and freeze them-instant pleasure to cool us down.
She also grew mint near the tomatoes and would make ice cubes with mint leaves frozen in them for refreshing ice tea. Now I make my own different ice teas and top them with home grown mint.
9. Finding water, any water-The one thing my parents splurged on was the neighborhood pool membership. We spent our summers there, and were able to take swimming lessons. And when we were not at the pool, we were jumping through the sprinkler. I think I was permanently water logged every summer. Now I garden in the rain and spend hours by my pond.
10. Critters-We were forever fascinated by insects, birds and other critters. We would go wadin’ in the crick (or creek) looking for pollywogs (tadpoles), frogs or fish. At dusk we would chase fireflies and try to catch them or catch grasshoppers. We were fascinated by bird nests we would stumble across being very quiet not to disturb them. Of course now, I garden for wildlife and have kept that childhood enthusiasm for all critters that live in the garden.
My summer mantra:
Summer is one of those times where as children we had no cares, no work and just filled the days with whatever came up. Talk about living in the moment. I was a pro back then. I need to channel that child again.
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept is as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
I hope you will join me for this very special meme. Maybe my dreams have sparked some of your own. And it seems so appropriate to collaborate with Beth and her Lessons Learned meme. What lessons have you learned this past season of spring here in the North and autumn in the South. Then tell us about your wishes, desires and dreams for this new season.
The rules are simple. Just create a post that talks about lessons learned and/or seasonal celebrations. If you are joining in for both memes please leave a comment on both our blog posts. Or if you are choosing to join only one meme, leave a comment on that blog post. Make sure to include a link with your comment.
Beth and I will do a summary post of our respective memes on the solstice (around the 20th of June). And we will keep those posts linked on a page on our blog. Your post should be linked in the weekend before the solstice to give us enough time to include your post in our summary. And if you link in a bit late, never fear we will include it on the special blog page.
The badges here can be used in your post, or add the widgets to your blog. My widget, Seasonal Celebrations, is pictured above. You can grab the code at the bottom of my sidebar. Hopefully the code should work. It is a painting (done digitally) of my pond. Beth’s widget, pictured here, is available on her blog. So won’t you join in the celebration!!
Next up on the blog: There will be another Garden’s Eye Journal next Monday so tune in for what has been happening all around the garden. Of course I will include a special poem. Then for GBBD I will be trying to highlight just some of the blooms and also Lessons Learned in my garden as I join Beth for her meme.
I hope you will join me for my posts, every other Tuesday, at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. I had to trim back my time blogging so I am back to every other Tuesday.
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