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Date:10/23/2014 1:47:58 AM
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Summer Solstice
I was checking my blogs from this time last year and frankly, I'm surprised I hadn't done one on the Summer Solstice. Winter Solstice, sure, it's an important event this far up north, but the Summer Solstice is to me, at least, a sad reminder of how quickly the year turns.

This year the Summer flowers are late, as opposed to last Summer, when the growth of crops, weeds, and wildflowers were three weeks early. Right now, I'm picking strawberries and cutting lettuce and spinach. (I was forced to give most of the cuttings to my neighbor Lisa's chickens so as to prevent the greens from bolting.) On the other hand, my sweet corn is already knee-high and the peas are blossoming.
As for the wildflowers, I've noted Canada anemone, wild geraniums, swamp buttercup, celandine, yellow flag irises, white campion, black mustard, and harebells. I will post the excellent photos that My Ruthie and Punky have taken. Our single rosebush is putting forth blossoms like never before. Although I've been spraying, the rose bugs are still hard at it.

The blackberry blossoms haven't bloomed yet in our shaded grove in front of the house but soon the night breeze will smell a dark sweet scent as they do. For now, I will leave you with the observation of my literary muse, Hal Borland:

"Solstice, we call it, the Summer solstice, when the earth begins to swing back on its trunnions and the longest daylight of the year is at hand and the creeping abbreviation sets in once more. Solstice, and Summer, and bee-drone in the clover field. First fledglings out of the nest, corn almost knee high, brooks dwindling, rivers slowed down as if in pace with the green along their banks, settling into Summer's tempo."
-- Gary
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