SUMER IS ICUMEN IN, or the sunny side up of today’s summer solstice.

I am totally convinced that ye olde English learned how to spell and write the same way kids in kindergarten and pre-school learn how to write today … by sounding out the words and writing what they hear. (Hopefully, they’ll learn how to spell correctly before they reach college, because spell check will never save them.) 

[back on topic]

Today was the summer solstice (aka. the first day of summer) in the northern hemisphere where West Walnut Manor is located. That means also means today was supposed to be the longest day of the year for sunlight. The sun supposedly came up at 5:15 locally. I can’t verify this because no one in their right mind gets up at 5:15 on a Saturday morning. And it won’t set until 8:29 CDT this evening … in total yielding 15 hours and 13 minutes of daylight.

So, to enjoy the bright side of summer, I took a photo tour of my now summer garden.DSC00011

My ROSE OF SHARON shrubs are now about six feet talk and loaded with buds and blossoms from top to bottom.DSC00010

And right now, they are picture perfect.DSC00012

My over abundance of white lilies has been joined by a single red lily.DSC00014

So the white lilies will just get a single close-up today.DSC00019

In the back the petunias are blossoming out all over the deck.


And the dianthus or pinks or sweet williams great me with smiles and spicy smells every morning. They deserve a close-up, too.DSC00018

And that’s how my garden is growing on the first day of summer.


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Posted on June 21, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Your garden is gorgeous! Is Rose of Sharon related to the hibiscus plant? The flowers are so similar, I think.

    • Yes, it is a hardier cousin of the hibiscus, and you can start it from seeds. I started mine from seeds from the plants surrounding the convent of the Sisters Of Saint Mary. I’ll send you some from mine in the fall. It can be cultivated as a bush, a tall shrub or a tree. And it thrives on hot St. Louis summers. So it would probably love Houston, too.

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