Friday, June 3, 2011

The Month of June

June is named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and women.

Since ancient times, cultures have adopted June as the perfect time for revelry, weddings, and feasts. On the eve of Midsummer Day, June 24, people from Scandinavia to North Africa celebrate the summer solstice with parties and bonfires.

June offers the most hours of daylight of any month of the year.

For farmers and gardeners, this is a great boon, allowing them to concentrate on their fields and flowers. One old proverb says, “Calm weather in June sets corn in tune.”

Folk wisdom tells us that all of the plants will catch up by the end of the month regardless of how early we got them in the ground!

And since all this loveliness can not be Heaven,
I know in my heart it is June.

–Abba Goold Woolson (18381921)

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