Summer Solstice in the Valley of the Sun

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year

Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge where large groups gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those Aboriginal people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.

Since I haven’t built a Stonehenge on the farm (yet) , the best I can do is share a photo essay of what is thriving in the garden here in Ramona, the valley of the sun.

We are getting a long constant dose of hot days and warmer nights, conditions are right for ripening tomatoes soon!

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