Merry Summer Solstice

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Crab Apple Blossoms, the smell is heavenly

Goodmorning and a very beautiful Summer Solstice to everyone!

I wanted to take a little bit of time this morning to sit with a candle, freshly cut lilac and share some photos from earlier this morning.

Mid – Summer is one of the most magical times of year.  I have such intense feelings about this time, enhanced by the fragrant air and lush growth.  The pink horizon well past 9 pm.  My birthday is the 23rd of June and coupled with memories of the end of the school year, coming home to bright peonies (albeit, covered with ants) and a hazy eternal summer stretched before me,  mid-summer has always been cast in a magical glow.

I feel the very same as an adult, enamoured by the beauty of this earth in the Northern Hemisphere.  The fairies are definitely about.

 

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The potato bed!  I planted marigolds and catnip and have yet to see a single potato beetle!
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Onions and Rutabaga in a wattled bed
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A witch’s good companion – checking out the kale for tonight’s dinner
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A fairy’s home by the pond

 

So, I hope you find the time in the next couple of days to go out and experience this beautiful planet, to just acknowledge the growth of the buttercups or smell the curling green ferns (they smell amazing >.<!).  I have been making a tea every morning from her, spruce tips, catnip, sage – anything really!  Just to become closer to this earth.  To meditate and free my mind a little bit.  I have so much to share with you as well but I am slow, just like the oak.

 

Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.

William Shakespeare, The Fairy Song.

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One Wild Garden 

9 thoughts on “Merry Summer Solstice

  1. How lovely. I woke up this morning to see this lovely post. What you have written, your garden, and dear cat are soooo inspiring. Keep it up! And, Merry Solstice to you and your loved ones.

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    1. Thank you so much Raine (I love your name <3), comments like yours is what inspires me to keep sharing ❤

      I hope you enjoy this day and the rest of your summer! I feel like magic is afoot out there 😉

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  2. Thank you for the lovely post, I was hoping that you would have a little magic to share with us today and was not disappointed!

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    1. Thank you Darlene! I’m glad you liked it even though it isn’t much, I just felt compelled in the morning to make a wee blog post because the day was just so beautiful.

      It was a magical day too! I drove to the South shore along lupin covered roads for work. Next week I will have several days to dedicate to finally getting into the swing of sharing more😁

      Happy Mid Summer!

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  3. Happy birthday, Julia! ❤ I hope your birthday will be good 🙂 And merry Solstice! 🙂 Your garden is enchanting. What sort of wood did you use for the fence in the last photo? I looks so charming. I was so happy I saw your post, because reading this and seeing your photos felt like a healing 🙂 I have been so disconnected to the really world lately, with exams and so on, all my energy have been put into books, writing on the computer and worrying about the results. So thank you for that. I really do need to find a way to connect to the earth more often, or on a deeper level.

    And now I know what to plant with our potatoes! We've planted some in a bag actually. We've never done that before. We wanted to see if we could find a way to use the space we have that is not all that good for planting because of the thin layer of soil. So we planted potatoes in a bag 🙂 I'm hoping to make more raised bed by nest year, but we haven't gotten around to it yet.

    Today we will celebrate one of our sons, who is seven years old tomorrow. I hope you will have a nice celebration as well 🙂 And happy birthday again!

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    1. Thank you so much Camilla! I did have a lovely birthday despite having to work during the day. We booked a special cabin weekend too so I am very much looking forward to having a little getaway to my favourite hiking spots at the end of the summer.

      For the fence – it is simply fallen sticks and stray wood from our small forest (we have maybe… a quarter of an acre of more of woods – the backdrop you would see in the photos of our garden – but there are lots and lots of mature trees – maple, birch and spruce mainly).

      Are you almost finished school? I hope you will have a very lovely, nature filled summer away from the computer and analytical books! Novels and walks with your children! My favourite way to connect is just to go for walks and always hug a tree 😀

      Planting Potatoes in a bag actually sounds great – Jamie’s great aunt lived her life on a farm and later in life in a small apartment with a balcony. She still grew SO much food on her small balcony and she would have bags full of potatoes using that method. Have you experienced potato beetles? They are… very annoying. Last summer, everyday, I would handpick them off my plants. But thankfully this year with the marigolds and catnip (both known to repel them), I haven’t seen any 😀 PEI is a potato growing province, it’s kind of a joke actually about Islanders and Potatoes >.<

      Happy Birthday to your Son (I wrote Sun but I feel like it can go both ways:) !! How fun, he has a birthday this time of year as well! I always have thought it a very magical time to celebrate a life.

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  4. Sounds like a nice birthday. Do you still work at the library? 🙂 I’ve changed my mind a bit about the looks of our garden, so I’m trying to find ways to make it look a bit more natural and forest-like than my first suggestion. I love ferns, and we’ve got some growing here and there. I’m going to try and move some of the heather and wild blueberries nest to them. It might not work, I’m not sure they like the same type of soil. (I’ll have a look at one of my walks in the woods to see if they grow near each other).

    School is finished, and we are leaving tomorrow, first to go for a two day trip to visit a zoo, and then we’ll go north to visit my aunts cabin (where my family is from) for a week. I’m hoping for at least two hikes in the mountains, but we have to find a trail that fits the kids. 🙂 I hope to receive mail from you during the summer! 🙂 And btw, we are planning to visit Canada next year! I need some tips on where to go! 😀

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