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Date:11/23/2014 10:52:54 PM
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June, Part II
This post could also be titled "Bugs and Blooms, Part II" Entering into mid-June, my gardens are taking off. The bridal wreaths, perhaps the most unsung bloom of Summer, are unfolding everywhere and those who've managed to keep their peonies safe from the assault of the ants are enjoying those blooms as well. Both the wild and tame columbine are also out in force for their own short-lived magnificence.

The snowball tree next to the garage is shedding its petals. The flower bed next to the garage will soon have a delicate white carpet for a week or so before it is blown away by the Summer breezes. And the daisies! How I love them! As I did last year, I purposely mowed around patches of them in the lawn and now they are all opening. The same goes for the orange and yellow hawkweed; they too are opening in any and all un-mowed ground at La Ferme Sabloneuse. So what blooms are "on deck"? Why the blackberry and raspberry blossoms! You wouldn't think they would give out much of a scent, but, as I alluded to a few posts back, there are so many in our front woods that on a warm wet night you can almost drink in their flavor.

Now as for bugs; still no fireflies, which I can hardly believe, but the June bugs are out. I remember when I was a boy pedaling my bike home in the late evening those June bugs would fly in out of the darkness and whack me in the head so hard I thought they were shot from a gun!

While I love late Summer, Autumn, and late Autumn the best, I am now, in the September of my life, only now willing to admit how much I love (and envy) the early Summer of June. --Gary
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