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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Muse Day: June

Gaura lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' with Hoverfly

It's beautiful the Summer month of June
When all of God's own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shines brightly most part of the day
And butterflies o'er lush green meadows play.

Asian Day Flower with Hoverfly

Light hearted skylark songster of the wing
High o'er the quiet and lonely moorland sing
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath
Her charming song so exquisitely sweet.

Practically Perfect Pink Phlox

So mellow the gentle breath of june day breeze
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees
And dappled trout in pool bed of the stream
Bask in the sun their spotted skins agleam.

Francis Duggan

Happiest of Muse Days to you all! I hope June brings you a garden filled with loveliness and delight. To see more Muse Day posts please stop by Sweet Home and Garden Chicago and say hello to Carolyn Gail, hostess extraordinaire.



  1. June is a month of poetry to be sure, dear Gail. This selection is perfect to express those feelings of awe at what nature gives us then.

  2. Hi Gail, Happy Muse Day to you, too! Your PPPP (I mean, the one in my garden) is looking fetching next to a yellow-blooming sedum, whose hude matches the purple!

  3. Monica, Yippee~It's a great little plant and I know I'll learn how to collect seed from it from you! xxxgail

    Frances, It's a grand day out there already, so June might be a great month of gardening. xxgail

  4. A wonderful poem Gail. Of course June is a lovely month. The garden is full of butterflies and birds this month and I am lovin every minute of it. Happy Muse Day.

  5. You chose beautiful subjects for the poetry. Have a happy day!

  6. What a beautiful poem today Gail. Happy Muse Day! :)

  7. June will be beautiful but it also looks like it will be wet and humid! I'm wondering if we'll have one day without rain!

  8. Love the poem, Gail! June is my favorite month, and you've captured it perfectly here with all the little creatures that have arrived to play this summer. And, of course, Miss PPPP:)

    I've seen several posts recently from bloggers all over the country showing off their PPPP. Maybe we should have a blog day celebrating PPPP?

  9. Rose, That's an excellent idea! Let's do that soon!


  10. A good month to relax, and enjoy the fruits of spring. Beautiful photos.


  11. The poem is lovely, as are your photos which are perfectly paired images. Wonderful!

  12. Oh to be in Tennessee in June, Gail. Lovely poem and photos to go with it.

  13. A charming post for the lovely month of June.
    This is the time I really try to take in all that is around me.It has to be the most perfect month.

    Love those little hoverfly....

  14. I'm impressed with how your Hoverfly is "hovering" over the Asian Day Flower.

    I've never before thought about a June breeze being like a gentle breath, but now I will and it'll make me think of you and your Muse Day post.


  15. Perfect verse for June. I always think of it as the softest gardening month.

  16. You picked a nicer poem than mine. lol

    The quality of the light is always so wonderful in your photos.

  17. Love the poem ... love your wildflowers, Gail. Happy June gardening, dear friend.

  18. Pink Phlox are one of my all time favorites. Love your close-up photos and prose to go along with it.

  19. Good morning, Gail. What a pretty poem. Sometimes I like to get very Victorian and sit in the garden with a book of poetry. Of course by June the mosquitoes are so bad out there, they take away a lot of the romance:)

    The Asian dayflowers are pesky weeds in my garden. I'm always mistaking them for lilies until they bloom.

  20. That pink phlox truly is practically perfect. And, I'm seeing it growing elsewhere around the blogosphere which makes it extra special. :)

  21. Another fan of the month of June. I'm a fan of that first photo too! :-) Happy Muse day to you as well dear Gail.

  22. Interestingly like so many of your other plants, including PPPP, your Gaura is ahead of mine too. Wonderful photo with the hover fly.

  23. A lovely ode to June indeed. I hope we keep getting rain to make it even more special. A note on the Asiatic daylily. I am trying to eradicate them here. Do you know those babies self seeded everywhere? Urgh!

  24. Tina, I pull them all the time, but this photo was too good to pass up! gail


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