Solomon's Song and the June Garden

This David Austin Rose has a scent as lovely as its flower.

A love poem found in The Song of Solomon (in the Bible) along with some photos from the June garden:
Larkspur is a favorite reseeding annual. 

"Arise my love, my beautiful one, and come away, 
Tanacetum parthenium has multitudes of tiny daisies.

The Garden is Not Silent

Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchard' has never been lovelier. 
Silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii) on the arbor's left 
and clematis and honeysuckle on the right
Before dawn, just as a first glimmer of light emerges, a song begins. A solo becomes a duet, then a quartet and the chorus erupts. The birds are welcoming another day. 

Summer Borscht: We Called it Beet Leaf Soup

Usually eaten only in the spring or early summer, Summer Borscht is a beloved soup.
Imagine a world without year-round access to fresh and frozen produce. What would you eat in the winter? Well, you would eat canned fruits and vegetables, perhaps some that you preserved yourself from your large summer vegetable garden. And you would eat potatoes (also grown in that garden) because potatoes can be stored for long periods of time. Some cured or canned meat might round out the menu along with some bread.  

Hope Springs

Crocus might begin blooming in February.
Spring is a great reminder to never give up hope. All is bleak and brown, stiff and silent, but then we begin to see glimmers of green. It's not much, but it is something. 

A Wonderful Holiday

I am still basking in the warmth of a wonderful holiday season. For many the season will seem in the distant past and attention is now drawn to organizing, dieting and a more peaceful simplicity. I'm headed that way, too, but before I get too far down that path, I need to take a little time to reflect on this cherished holiday.