- If on the 8th of June it rain, that foretells a wet harvest, men sayen.
- If St. Vitus day be rainy weather (June 15th), it will rain for forty days together.
- A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
- Sow beans in the mud, they will grow like wood.
“The month of June is remarkable for the brilliancy of its sunlight, steady barometer, and even temperature. For those who are engaged in gardening, it provides plenty to occupy their time, as much work requires attention in all departments.”
-The Garden Oracle, 1896-
Come honey bee, with thy busy hum,
To the fragrant tufts of wild thyme come,
And sip the sweet dew from the cowslip’s head,
From the lily’s bell and the violet’s bed.
The Christmas Rose, otherwise known as Hellebore, is thought to be one of the oldest cultivated plants in history. In Greek times, it was known as Black Hellebore, or injurious food, because it is poisonous. It was used to try and cure madness all throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Who knew the lovely hellebore had such an interesting, and slightly morbid history?
“Silly gardener! Summer goes,
And Winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down!”
The Pansy is said to have been struck by Cupid’s dart, and because of this is often used in love motifs. It also is said to fortify the heart, and can help with heart related ailments.