Summer Solstice

“Summer Solstice”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.  It has felt like summer for the past few weeks with all the high temperatures we have been having.  I thought I would show some of the plants of summer down here in the south.  The first is the rose.  While springtime brings the first roses, there are many that really don’t start blooming until the middle of June.


This spath plant has just started blooming. My regular ones are also blooming, but this variegated leaf one has just started.  It seems to need warmer temperatures than the plain green ones.

This is a section of the entry garden.  The Aztec Grass, wax begonias, Ace of Spades & Marguerite sweet potato vines all do better once the soil has really warmed up.

So, even if we can’t be at Stonehenge to welcome the summer solstice, I hope you had a wonderful beginning of summer.  Since it is Midsummer’s Eve, watch out for fairies.




  1. Nancy Bond said,

    June 20, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    That rose is exquisite! Happy Solstice. 🙂

  2. June 21, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Oh,yes, I have to watch out for fairies! I love the summer-time in the garden!

  3. Laurie said,

    June 21, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Happy Solstice!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful garden.

  4. Jan said,

    June 21, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Thanks, Nancy. It was nice to be out at 8:40PM and still have a little light.

    Carol, I was out looking for faires, but they must have been too quick to see or maybe just having too much fun.

    Laurie, thanks for stopping by and the compliment.

  5. Brenda Kula said,

    June 21, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    And it’s beginning to feel like the longest day of the year! I’ve been a-gardening today myself!

  6. Jan said,

    June 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Well, Brenda, I guess we will be looking back at these long days when December 21st comes around and wishing we had more daylight to work in our gardens.

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