June in Bloom

Carol A. Hand

June in bloom

despite the cold dry clime

Thankful for the rain that came

blessing the earth just in time


44 thoughts on “June in Bloom

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Bette. Wishing you a wonderful summer, too. I have been thinking about your work on monarchs for the past few weeks as I watched a monarch visit the flowers. ❤

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    1. It’s always a gift to hear from you, Helen. Thank you for sharing what’s happening in the UK! Good luck getting your gardens under control, a never-ending process based on my experience… Sending my best wishes to you. ❤


  1. Lovely Summer images, Carol. We’ve had torrential rain here in North Wales and the garden is growing more quickly than I can keep up with it. And now I hear we’re in for a heatwave starting Thursday! Love and blessings, my friend 💛🧡

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    1. Dear Izzy, it’s lovely to hear from you. It will finally be getting warmer here, too. Maybe my furnace will be able to rest for a while…

      Sending love and blessings to you, too, along with gratitude for your kind words and beautiful posts. ❤

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  2. It’s wonderful how the blossoms of June just burst onto the scene! Beautiful gardens! So much in one space! You must have wonderful bird and butterfly activity. Thank you for sharing the blooms of summer!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind and lovely comments, Allyson. There have been a lot of birds, a few bumble bees, and even a monarch. Sending my best wishes to you. ❤


  3. Beautiful Garden, Carol! It reminded me of our backyard, when I was a kid. Mom could make anything grow! Of course, I hated pulling weeds!;-)

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      1. You are not the first person to tell me this, believe me.

        I hear you. I just wish I had this take on pulling weeds, way back when, it would have made it so much more enjoyable!;-)

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  4. Beautiful, dear Carol! The blooming of flowers reminds us that we are still here, still blooming and growing – evolving, if we slow down to see and appreciate the mirror it can be for us. So much purple and pink! Lovely!

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  5. Your gardens look absolutely stunning. Such a difference from the snowy and icy photos from last winter. I bet your gardens give joy to the walkers passing by. Take care.

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Bob. It’s always surprising to see what survives the winters here. This year, the lilacs, phlox and lupine are amazing, along with the earliest bloomers – dandelions and creeping charlie – that provide the bees with food. 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful, lovely comments. ❤ In the past, I would probably have said that winter is my favorite season, but I'm not sure that's true any more… 🙂

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      1. I’m not sure if I have a favorite season. There are aspects of each I love. As a child I’m sure I would have said Summer was my favorite – no school, more time to play (especially outside), going to the beach, baseball games, the “ice cream man”, staying up late to watch television… 😀

        But as an adult I love the flowers blooming in Spring (especially after the relative grey of Winter), the weather of Autumn (warm days and cool nights, perfect for outdoor work) and the solace of Winter. I did more writing in Winter over the years than any other season. It seemed I was more retrospective and serene.

        As for Summer, I love sunny days and enjoy feeding peanuts to squirrels, crows and blue jays and bread to pigeons and small birds, but I don’t like sweating for days at a time (I spend a lot of time in a NYC apartment without air conditioning) and the lower quality air that, since I’m “older”, affects my breathing. 😎

        Thank you for another beautiful post.

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