June Greetings!



"I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a row of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green."

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne from Mosses from an Old Manse ~

June has arrived and the garden is all in.  Like Hawthorne, I watch over my fledgling plants with care and the deepest love.  Marigolds and zinnias, nasturtiums, thyme, lettuces, tomatoes.  Brunnera  bearing the most delicate blue flowers.  And two kinds of cosmos ~ one with the largest white blossoms I’ve ever seen and the other with chocolatey blooms that float above airy foliage.  I moved the large birdfeeder to keep the visiting squirrels from trampling my progeny.  I watch and worry that the rabbits and deer will eat the fresh, young plants. I pray to St. Fiacre to grant my garden a fruitful season (no pun intended).  And I thank the Good Lord for blessing me with a deep heart ~ one that appreciates the smell of freshly turned soil, the cheering sight of bright blossoms, and the fragrance of herbs on a rainy day…

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

~ Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening ~

Early Work Mercantile Offering

The garden has kept me busy for most of the past month but I’ve managed to list two antique samplers on my Early Work Mercantile page, including the one you see above featuring little ladies and colorful roosters! Please take a peek…


 In Closing...

Until next month, my friends, enjoy these blessed early days of summer… 

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