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Report From PIA – May 31

Tomorrow is June 1st. Every year at this time I remember my friend Cia telling me that someone she knew hated June because “it’s so green.” Although I don’t dislike June (too green?)  I agree that this month is an in-your-face, all-out-growth time of year.

I think that the challenge is to take it all in. Not only is the foliage green and lush, but the peonies are over-the-top fragrant and the poppies are practically screaming “Let’s put on lipstick and go out!” In June life is so exuberant and grand that it’s hard to properly absorb and appreciate it.

It’s not wonder that one of the well known tunes from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Carousel is “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.” It absolutely is.

How can we best use and be grateful for this most abundant month? For me, it’s a matter of first stopping my high-speed planting to value what is here. But beyond the garden, June is a reminder to notice all of the areas of growth and abundance in our lives.

For family, work, friends, faith, spirit, gardens, pets, challenges and opportunities for growth, I am thankful. Life is bustin’ out all over, and is so very green.

Every day something new bursts into flower. The 'Belgica' honeysuckle, 'Collette' climbing rose, and the Siberian Iris... and more. I take a deep breath of appreciation and just try to take it all in.

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