June 1, 2009

Summer Beginnings

"Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January." Hal Borland

This is such a lyrical quote to mark the beginning of summer, and by an author that was a dear friend of one of my all time favorite authors, Galdys Taber. Her books are hard to find, but if you have a library that hasn't pitched out all the goodies from the 50's, it's worth checking out one of her books, and getting lost in the lovely word pictures she paints. Amazon does carry a few, however, so look here to purchase.

As you can see in the picture, our roses are bursting already and it seems like it's a little early, but no complaints from me. That's the pretty side of the growing season. The other side is WEEDS! Oh my, they seem so much worse this year. By the time October rolled around last year, we had harvested most of our garden and let it go to weeds without a fight. But since many things are just now fully emerging - potatoes, lettuce, spinach, Chinese greens, peas, and beans to name just a few, it's way, way too early to give in to the nasty weedy things. So each night will be dedicated to weeding and mulching another area. We made some headway tonight, but a thunderstorm is currently chasing DH around the yard on his riding mower, so we suspended garden work for the day. I was left with no other choice than to come inside and make dinner - roast chicken that was all cozied up in my Dutch oven with lemon, rosemary, onion, garlic, and white wine. Yeah, it'll just have to do! It was so nice to go out on the deck and pick some rosemary right off the plant too.

One more June 1st thought - 32 years ago today I graduated from high school. Now I have a "little" girl who is half-way through college. Savor the summer days.

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