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Happy Solstice!

We did not dance naked and saggy-titted around Stonehenge this morning, but I do believe we will sit in the garden this evening and drink wine in observance.

When I were a lass, every year I was hauled off by my grandmother and auntie to the rhododendron festival. Lordy, that was boring for a twelve-year old, but the two of them would stare in astonishment at one identical pink flower after another.

I came to the conclusion that nature, for old people, is a kind of hallucinogenic.

And here we are. The sun is shining, the temperature is just right, and all I ever want to do is be out in the garden pulling weeds or cutting back hedges or just staring at pink flowers with my mouth open.

I am old and tripping on nature.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: June 21, 2023, 7:55 pm

Hot here again. Was very hot spring, high 80s with four feet of snow on the ground. Stayed warm and dry. Then it turned back to cold when it should have been spring like. Now it is hot, and the days start getting shorter and hotter. It is a mystery.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: June 21, 2023, 8:16 pm

Not Annonymous -Some Vegetable

Purple rhododendrons fill up my brain
Lately the garden just don’t seem the same
Lookin’ seedy, but I don’t know why
‘Scuse me while I weed this bed on the fly

Purple rhododendrons growin’ all around
Don’t know if I should feed ’em up or just cut them down
Let ’em go to seed or should I dead-head you see?
That Gardener’s Hour – it put a spell on me

Help me
Help me
Oh no, oh
Purple rhododendrons!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 21, 2023, 8:40 pm

Try being old and sheet rocking a 13_foot ceiling in 92 degree heat.

We sweated the Gulf of Mexico, but I’m glad we can still do it,…sheet rocking I mean.


We planted lilacs, tune in next year to see if they bloom.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 21, 2023, 9:15 pm

I trimmed my lavender plants yesterday, 28 survivors grown from seed last year, wintered in the house and moved outside a few months ago. Then I took the trimmings, scraped the stems and planted them. About a hundred stems, now underneath grow-lights.

Tomorrow JavaMan is putting the 28 plants in the ground, across the front of our land. My goal is to cover the front yard in lavender. All I wanted was to grow some lavender so I could make little sweetie gifts for my DAR sisters. Now I have gone mad for lavender and I want to grow it everywhere.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 21, 2023, 10:31 pm

I am old and tripping on nature.

Me, too. There is much in nature to set us off down that path, and tonight I think I’ll celebrate one of Nature’s great gifts to mankind: the yeasts that produce C₂H₅OH, better known as ethanol, even better known as the good stuff in beer, wine, and spirits.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: June 21, 2023, 11:33 pm

Lavender, we can plant so it can die. Coleus we can grow like nobodies business, but lavender, which we love, we seem to murder.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: June 22, 2023, 1:21 pm

@Uncle Al:


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 22, 2023, 5:17 pm

Lavender loves this house. There’s even one that self seeded growing out of the paving stones.

And don’t get me started on Uncle B’s hydrangeas.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 24, 2023, 12:32 am

When I lived north of the Mason-Dixon Line, I used to get obnoxiously drunk on the summer solstice because I knew every day after that was less and less daylight. My annual plunge into seasonal affective disorder.

Living now in the free state of Desantis, I get obnoxiously drunk to celebrate 6 more months of sunshine!

Lavender…when I lived in KS, I planted the 1/4 acre on the west side of my house in lavender. Hot and dry…it grew like you can’t imagine. All my attempts here have failed. Turns out we’re sunny but too wet.

Coleus is pretty much a weed here. Put it in the ground and you can’t ever get rid of it.

I’m a caladium girl. The lazy gardener’s best friend. Stick the bulbs in the ground and they get bigger and better every year without any effort! Most caladiums in the US come from sunny Desantis land…Lake Placid to be exact. They have an annual caladium festival. I go every year to get a new variety or two and replace the bulbs the squirrels dug up.

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