‘The Month of Roses’

'Peace Rose'

 "It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes
And pleasant scents the noses."

                                                                                                                                    (Nathaniel Parker Willis)

 

Ah– Glorious June! Here at last; all of nature abounds in newed rebirth. The month of roses and pearls.

 

"On this June day the buds in my garden
are almost as enchanting as the open flowers.
Things in bud bring, in the heat of a June noontide,
the recollection of the loveliest days of the year –
those days of May when all is suggested,
nothing yet fulfilled."   

                                                                                                                                                                       (Francis King)

 

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The cold short days of winter gone- in prelude to summer's song. Clear blue skies and longer days bring about bright bouquets.

 

 

"The month of June is probably named after Juno, the wife of Jupiter, and queen of the gods [Hera in Greek mythology]. It was held sacred to her, and was thought by the Romans to be the luckiest month for marriage, since Juno was the Goddess of Marriage. Wherever the goddess went she was attended by her messenger Iris (the Rainbow), who journeyed so quickly through the air that she was seldom seen, but after she had passed there was often left in the sky the radiant trail of her highly-coloured robe.  Juno is always represented as a tall, beautiful woman, wearing a crown and bearing a sceptre in her hand, and often she is shown with a peacock at her side, since that bird was sacred to her.  A story is told of one of her servants, Argus, who had a hundred eyes, only a few of which he closed at a time. Juno set him to watch over a cow which Jupiter wished to steal, for it was really a beautiful girl named Io, whom Jupiter had transformed. Mercury was sent by Jupiter to carry off Io, and by telling long and wearisome stories to Argus at last succeeded in lulling him into so deep a sleep that he closed all his eyes. The god then seized Argus's own sword and cut off his head.  Juno was very sad at the loss of her servant, and gathering up his hundred eyes scattered them over the tail of the peacock, her favorite bird."  

 

 

"I am coming, I am coming!
Hark! the honey bee is humming;
See, the lark is soaring high
In the blue and sunny sky,
And the gnats are on the wing
Wheeling round in airy ring.

Listen! New-born lambs are bleating,
And the cawing rooks are meeting
In the elms–a noisy crowd.
All the birds are singing loud,
And the first white butterfly
In the sunshine dances by.

Look around you, look around!
Flowers in all the fields abound,
Every running stream is bright,
All the orchard trees are white,
And each small and waving shoot
Promises sweet autumn fruit."

                                                                                                                      (Mary Howitt)

 

It always goes so fast, it seems-welcomed green and sunlight gleams, and we forget our winter dreams of June, embracing wondrous summer scenes.
 
 

'Sonoma Roses- 2001'

 

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"Kind hearts are the gardens;
kind thoughts are the roots;
kind words are the flowers;
kind deeds are the fruits."

                                                                                                   (English Proverb)

 

 

'The Month of Pearls'

 

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(Originally posted in June of 2008)

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