The Blooms in Junecomments (14) June 19th, 2016
Tomorrow is the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--and this date heralds the arrival of summer in full swing. We gardeners are diligently tending our pieces of earth, delighting in each bloom or growth spurt and anxiously awaiting the ripening of our summertime bounty.
Today starts a week of celebration--happy father's day to all of the dads out there! According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, on the morrow, we will have 15 hours and 18 minutes of daylight. Gardeners rejoice!
Appropriately, it is the beginning of National Pollinator Week; nine years ago the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to approve and designate this week-long event every June. The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that June 20 to 26, 2016 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. http://www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek/
All of us need to take note that our pollinator populations are declining--and take measures to help maintain and increase them. Without our birds, bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles and bats, we would not have the plants in our gardens. There would be no flowers, fruits and seeds.
So I am celebrating our hard-working pollinators--as well as the blooms of June--which they are out there busily pollinating! Pictured here are some of my favorite edible flowers; spring greens that are ending their cycles and have sent up their flower stalks to produce seed; and blossoms that are the signs of good things to come like squash, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and more.
Let us celebrate the summer season, fathers, Mother Earth, flowers, the bugs, birds, and bees and the wonders of nature. What's blooming in your garden?
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