" And then, one fairy night, May became June. "
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
F. Scott Fitzgerald said it perfectly. For, with a flip of a calendar page and one fairy night, summer arrived. Just like that, the cold weather disappeared and in its stead, sunny summer days are here again. It seems we waited forever but now everything in the garden reaches towards the warmth. I reach towards the warmth, letting it soak past my skin into my heart of hearts, letting it melt ice patches left from winter's strain.
Now, there are so many moments to savour—the scent of lilacs in the air, bees buzzing in newly minted blossoms, early dawns and long summer twilights, the happy screams of children playing at the water park. We watch as two nine-year-old lads on their bikes dare to race past the neighbour's sprinkler that's overarching the sidewalk. They are either timing it so as not to get wet or, more likely, they're timing it to catch the thrill of cold water needles spraying on hot skin. Oh, the sheer joy of being a kid when it's nearly summer holidays. I love that they are savouring their own June joys.
I'm delighted to share a little glimpse of what's been making my heart lurch in crazy happiness this week.
Sage in bloom
Feathery wing-like clouds in the sky
Sprigs of fragrant lily of the valley
A new hydrangea settling into her place in the garden
Glorious cerise pink petunias
Pink creeping thyme against the grey slate
Spying a strawberry in the making
Sipping lemon gin fizz on a hot afternoon, a drink new to me
A new lily plant with 14 buds getting ready to open
Anemones dancing on the breeze
Our American Highbush Cranberry, which we've always enjoyed
as a green shrub, burst into bloom this year for the first time ever.
I love the clusters of small yellowish flowers in the centre of a
wreath of showy white flowers. Not of the cranberry family,
it belongs to the Viburnum family.
Showy clumps of tiny purple campanula
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" What is one to say about June ‒ the time
of perfect young summer, the fulfillment
of the promise of earlier months... "
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What have you been savouring this first week of June?
Wishing you a pleasant weekend.