"Mine is the month of roses; yes, and mine
The month of marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valley and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower's scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year."
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
How strange that where there were blossoms a moment ago, there are now cherries. Where there was spinach just reaching for the sun, there is now an empty row after the grand harvest.
The days blaze by and the rains have left good, rich growth, and now the sky clears and the sun heats up The Valley. Each morning starts with a walk through the garden beds, weeding here and there, picking this and that. Making mental notes: dry the peppermint for tea before it gets too leggy in the heat...tincture the skullcap...the mugwort is looking good - she'll be ready to harvest soon...
There is a sage-pick coming up, yarrow to collect for my healing salve, and a faerie class to organize. Midsummer is coming fast and I've got to plan a bit of a fete for the fae as well - they do take very good care of my gardens, after all!
Here are a few of my favourite early summer things:
~ The rhubarb is ready for a first harvest. Mom's rhubarb muffins are drool-worthy - there are some of these in my future!
~ When I can sneak away for an afternoon nap, I've been hitting the shade in the hammock. Fresh air and a quick, sweet sleep makes for a happy gardener.
~ I've been messing about with salt scrubs for weary feet. This one is my new go-to scrub when I get home and kick off the flip flops:
*I eyeball this recipe, but these measurements should work - adjust as you like*
1/2 cup sea salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
3 drops essential oil of peppermint (or more if you like a stronger scent)
3 drops essential oil of lavender
Scrub feet, especially heels, and rinse. Pat dry - your feet will be SO soft!
~ Books, books, books... Haven't you heard that a book and a glass of sun-tea are the best cure for the heat? Mix up a good selection of your fave authors, some interesting or inspiring non-fiction, and a smutty book for good measure. (You know the summer is the best time to read the naughty books!)
Here's a peek at some of the books in my summer stack (and coming soon to the stack.)
The Conjure Workbook - Star Casas
Joyland - Stephen King
The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North - Beverly Gray
Make Magic of Your Life - T. Thorn Coyle
Fun, magical and super-fast reads:
The Psychic Eye Series by Victoria Laurie
The Bewitching Mysteries by Madelyn Alt
I can't even recommend a good smutty book. Are there good ones? (Please don't say 50 Shades.) I usually just hit the bestseller rack and flip through a few and grab the one that makes me blush in the aisle of the store. The last time I did that though, I ended up yelling: Can you even DO that? I'm sure that's not legal ANYWHERE! My friend moved to another aisle quickly. I bought the book.
Whatever trouble or bliss you get into this month, I hope June blossoms into something quite lovely for you!