Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Long June Days
These long days of June have my muscles aching from gardening. I get going on weeding flower beds, checking the vegetable garden, transplanting one thing from hither to yon, and the next thing I know, half a day has gone by.
But, in the morning, strolling the paver paths with my first cup of coffee, seeing the sunlight on the red geraniums and purple salvia, well, it all comes together in a soothing composition of plants and color.
In Alaska during the summer, they say, you will rarely find Alaskans at home in June and July. The salmon are running and the days are long. Alaskans savor the summer. They get out of town and go fish or play midnight baseball while they can.
We have some of that here in Michigan at 43 degrees north latitude in these two weeks surrounding the summer solstice. This is absolutely the best time of the summer. The cool nights are coupled with long days. The golden sunshine slants from the north in the evening and morning. Every vegetable garden promises fresh taste. Every flower garden brings fresh color.
These long June garden days are the best.
Wanda Hayes Eichler