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Rituals celebrating the beginning and end of the seasons are as old as mankind. Among them is the age-old observance of the summer solstice, or midsummer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, marking the longest day of the year. In 2021, that will occur on Sunday, June 20. The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin word solsistium — sol (sun) and sistium (stand still) — because … Read More
When I planted my permanent garden decades ago, I chose only native and drought-tolerant perennials. I considered annuals to be expensive and time consuming to replace every year. Perennials, however, are planted once and expand to fill the garden, year after year. Also, once established, perennials can be divided to fill other areas of the garden, so they become a source of free plants. June has long been designated Perennial Gardening Month by the Perennial Plant Association (PPA). PPA recommends … Read More
It’s springtime! Seasonal bulbs are bursting through the earth to show off their beautiful array of colors, baby birds can be heard chirping hungrily from their nests, our favorite baseball teams are gearing up to thrill us through a new season, and it’s time to deep clean the house! Wait, what? How did amazing and fun things turn into chores? Good question. Spring cleaning has been around for generations. And, whether it’s a religious task, cultural mandate, or just an … Read More