"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."
L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942)
Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Severe storms (1, 2, 3); fair and very warm (4, 5, 6, 7). More severe storms (8, 9, 10) turning fair and very warm again (11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16). storms (17,18,19) with fair and very warm weather (20, 21, 22); storms (23, 24, 25) Fair and hot (26, 27, 28, 29, 30).
Full Moon: Juneís Full Moon will occur on Friday, June 9th. Because roses start to show their gorgeous blooms at the beginning of the month, it has called Rose Moon. It has also been referred to as Strawberry Moon because the first strawberries of the season become ripe for the picking (and eating!) in June
Special Notes: Summer officially starts with the Summer Solstice that occurs on Wednesday, June 21st. For all of you eager fishermen, remember that many states allow fishing without a license during certain days of June. Check with your local fishing shop or your stateís Department of Natural Resources for specific dates and good luck!
Holidays: Fly "Old Glory on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th! Fatherís Day is Sunday, June 18th. Make his day special. Remember, he is the guy who a) paid for 4 years of college, b) paid for a really nice wedding, c) helped you finance that new (fill in the blank), or d) All of the above!
The Garden: Transplant when the rainy season starts but remember that working in the garden when plant leaves are wet can spread many diseases. Lawns should get 1.5 inches of water a week. If Mother Nature is stingy, water deeply once or twice a week but not daily. Hereís a good tip: spray the underside of your mower with a thin coating of vegetable oil
to prevent grass from sticking. Continue to pinch flowers up until the beginning of July.
Check the underside of rose leaves for rose slugs and watch for scale infestations on Euonymus and pachysandra. Be sure that all tall annuals and perennials are securely staked so that they will remain upright during the afternoon thunderstorms that are so common for this time of year. Tick-proof your yard this summer. Deer are likely to bring ticks into your
space so plant species that deer do not eat like the thorny barberry, bugleweed, forsythia, foxglove, and most needle-leaved conifers. Always remember that when working outside in hot sun for any prolonged period of time, be sure to take salt tablets, drink plenty of water, and take frequent breaks in the shade.