Special Days - Summer Solstice, Father's Day, Rhododendrons and Bees
Long days that turn into the year's longest day mark the beginning of summer or the solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium - from sol (sun) and stitium (still or stopped). In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky. It marks the first day of summer in the northern half of the globe and occurs on June 21, 2022, at 5:14 a.m. Be sure to enjoy some of this day outside with friends, sitting around an outdoor fire, making smores, and laughing.
Another special day to remember this month is Father's Day, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 19th. A day to show Dad how much he means, and how much he is appreciated and loved makes for a special day. A silly (or sentimental) card, a burger on the grill, fishing along the shore at the lake, or whatever you know Dad will like, that is the best thing to do. It may mean helping him in the garden, mowing the lawn, or planting a new addition to the garden in his honor.
If your choice is welcoming the new addition to the garden, consider a shrub that blooms during June. Consider a Catawba Rhododendron for a shady spot in the landscape. Catawba Rhododendrons have large leaves and large flowers that come in a multitude of colors. They invite the pollinators to the garden. Learn more about the Catawba Rhododendron here.
A bearded iris is another wonderful choice to consider blooming in June. Bearded Iris loves a warm, sunny spot in the landscape and is native to Europe. Learn more about the Bearded Iris here.
June is a hectic month in the honey bee hives. The bees continue to collect pollen to feed the baby bees and nectar to make honey. Did you know they have their own air conditioning? To keep the hive cool, the honey bees fan the inside of the hive with their wings. The hive reaches its maximum population during June with estimates in the range of 40-60,000 bees per hive. See more of what's happening in the honey bee hive here.
Special days, remembering Dad, and always keeping our pollinators in mind make for a rather busy June. No matter how busy you get, be sure to take time for those evenings around an outdoor fire, making smores and memories with family and friends.
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