on a soft summer night.
“In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”
Strolling thru the garden this last eve of June, it's easy to see what spurred Leopold to write those words.
Buds and new blooms abound.
Each one looking particularly fresh in the soft light of evening.
and even more so after a quenching rain shower.
Aaaah, pure refreshment!
This time of day, along with dawn, are my favorite to walk, view & photograph the garden.
Even tho there are new blooms throughout the gardening season, June always seems the most luxuriant month.
Above & below: Bullock's Orioles inspecting the lilies for insects.
Always a delightful combination.
(forgive the quality of the Oriole photos, I took them thru my bedroom window ~ blinds & all!)
When we flip the calendar to July in the morning,
the real heart of summer begins.
The pace will slow. No more "mad" leaps of growth.
A chance for both plants & gardeners to breathe and savor the luscious time of year.
But first a celebration.
Enjoy, as I know you will. As Leopold said, it's impossible to ignore.