June 2010 Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day

Gerbera Daisies 'Terra Cotta'

Having only just planted most of my containers, there’s not a lot in full bloom on the deck yet, but these ‘Terra Cotta’ Gerbera daisies are a sunny spot, indeed…despite a forecast of five days of rain ahead.

For this June 1st Muse Day, I decided to re-post one of the first articles I had published, way back in the late 80’s.  It was an opinion piece that carried with it not only a byline, but a pay cheque, and though hardly an epic piece, I still remember the thrill of having “been published”.  The sentiment of this piece still holds true for me — June is one of my very favourite months.

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“And what is so rare as a day in June?  Then, if ever, come perfect days…”

Poet James Lowell’s words exemplify the very essence of June — a month of abundant life and near perfect days.

Earth’s strained rush to rejuvenate herself is over.  Greenness abounds and a lush tranquility claims the land.  Rivers and streams which roared in April and May now calmly bubble and whisper.

Spring’s blustering winds have been reduced to welcome, sighing breezes.  The frenzied chorus of spring peepers which was so boisterous in May has relented, and the indignant harumph of the bullfrog now echoes leisurely at dusk.  Baby birds have hatched, fruit blossoms have faded, and trees and shrubs are at their finest.

Gardens have long since been released from a winter of rest and the air is full of the expectant buzz of bees.  The fat, blundering June bug also heralds June’s arrival.

June is a whimsical mixture of endings and beginnings.  In early times, June, named for the Roman goddess of marriage, was considered the best time for nuptials, and today is still a popular month for weddings.

June brings the school year to a close and the start of a long-awaited summer vacation.  Graduations are held in June, as well.  It is a time of fond farewells — to friends and to childhood — yet, it is a time rich with hope and promise, signifying the beginning of a new phase of life.

Spring expires in June and summer is ushered in.  Unlike fickle May, June brings the promise of warm days and clear, star-filled nights.  Summer cottages are unlocked; picnic hampers and barbecues are brought out of storage.  Lawnmowers drone lazily in the distance on sunny Saturday afternoons.

June comes quietly and bids us to acknowledge and appreciate the fruits of spring’s labor — to see again green meadows touch turquoise sky; to seek the softness of new grass and the fragrance of flowers; to feel the sun’s warmth, still tempered by cool breezes before the onset of July’s heat.

June, indeed, brings perfect days and with them, the reassurance that the pleasures of summer are not far off.


Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day is hosted by Carolyn at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago — won’t you join in?


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “June 2010 Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day”

  1. Hi Nancy, beautifully written. We do tend to pack a lot of living into our ‘good months’ and none more than June. June is almost a frenzy of outdoor activity here.

    June has always been a favourite month — lots of sun and “bare arm temperatures” before the sultry heat really sets in. :)

  2. Those Terra Cotta Gerberas are gorgeous. Happy Muse Day Nancy! :)

    I planted these with a lilac coloured ivy geranium, so here’s hoping they both do well. :) I love any shade of orange in the garden.

  3. Nancy, Thank you for sharing this piece with us–it’s so eloquent and beautifully written. June has always been my favorite month, partly because it’s my birthday month, but also because it always meant the end of school–yes, teachers get just as excited about that as the kids:)

    Sorry I haven’t been around much lately–since you read my Muse Day post, you’ll understand. I’m looking forward to slowing down now that it’s June and sitting back and just enjoying the hard work of the spring.

    No apologies necessary, Rose — I was married to a high school principal. :) Thank you so much for your very complimentary words about this article, and for taking the time to comment.

  4. A new color? Or just one that I haven’t seen before? I love it. You always have such thoughtful posts. This is nice.

    Hi Sandy — I’m not sure how new this colour is, to be honest. It’s in the REVOLUTION series. Thanks for your kind words about my posts — I’m tickled. :)

  5. Nancy – I love this post – and I’m so glad your files are accessible and you were able to retrieve this. I just celebrated my 30th anniversary as garden columnist at our local paper and my files are pretty good – but there are pieces I regret losing. At least in my memory they were Really Good. June is a wonderful month here – and ends with a bang when we have our Annual Rose Viewing.

    Thanks, CW — 30 years as a columnist! That’s very impressive. :) I do love May and June, although, May was so blustery it was rather unpleasant, despite many sunny days. Here’s hoping for a better June!

  6. Your blog just keeps on transforming…. I LOVE IT! The bloom capture on this post is just amazing. I think that is what is amazing about artist like yourself : they just keep on blooming! Thank you for your support on the Garden Network Nancy. I am a big fan of your work.

    Feelings are mutual, Bren. :) You’re very sweet.

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