In June, harvest salad greens, beetroot, onions, cauliflower, peas, turnips, carrots, fennel, garlic and broad beans. Midsummer’s night traditionally marks the end of asparagus season. Sow French and runner beans, peas, spinach and chard. Pumpkins, courgettes, marrows and other squashes may be sown now,still. But make haste. Water your potatoes. Feed your tomatoes. Enjoy the warmer weather and the fruits of your labour. During the summer months, birds require high protein foods, especially while they are moulting. Black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, soaked sultanas, raisins and currants, mild grated cheese, mealworms, wax worms, good seed mixtures without peanuts will all be valued by the birds.
Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
Who comes with summer to this earth
And owes to June her hour of birth,
With ring of agate on her hand
Can health, wealth, and long life command.
But when Aurora, daughter of the dawn,
With rosy lustre purpled o’er the lawn.
“The hum of bees is the voice of the garden.”