Summer heatwave with the June blooms and Full Moon

June is quickly drawing to an end and London is experiencing a heatwave predicting 35 degrees Celsius for tomorrow. Could be the hottest day of the year! We enjoy a bit of breeze though and some thundery showers are expected later during the week.

Personally, I always liked summertime and the heat. My mum, who like my brother dislikes the hot weather, says me and my sister got it after my father who at 74 still enjoys sitting in the full sunshine. I remember lots of sunbathing during my teenager times. Nowadays, I mostly love summer evenings filled with scents, warmth and colours but no mosquitos please!

Wood sorrel
Wood sorrel
Tuberous pea
Tuberous pea
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Californian poppy
Nigella damascena aka love-in-the mist
Nigella damascena aka love-in-the mist
And its dramatic capsule
And its dramatic capsule
Marigold
Marigold
White campion
White campion
Musk mallow
Musk mallow
Meadow cranesbill
Meadow cranesbill
Corn marigold
Corn marigold
Prunella or self-heal
Prunella or self-heal
Tufted vetch
Tufted vetch
Wild chamomile
Wild chamomile 
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Opium poppy
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Full Moon

Happy Summer Solstice!

Today is Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year and I am trying to squeeze in a new post from today’s walk before this day is gone for good. I might just make it! It is an auspicious day to make a wish, light a candle, make flowers crowns or share a few flower pictures on the blog 😉

All the season changes are happening I am always amazed seeing new flowers and plants appearing week by week. I have seen the lily buds today so already planning to go back in few days time and check on their progress. Some of the spring flowers like bluebells, honesty have gone long time ago and left some pretty seed capsules behind. I am already thinking about”the seeds” post but need more photos.

Meanwhile, have fun with the summer blooms.

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Double opium poppy

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Philadelphus or mock orange
Philadelphus or mock orange
Teasel
Teasel
Dog rose
Dog rose
Field bindweed
Field bindweed
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Pink yarrow
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Dotted loosestrife
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Fern
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Pink toadflax
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Common ragwort aka stinky nanny
Hedge woundwort
Hedge woundwort
Linden tree flowers
Linden tree flowers

Days will be getting shorter from tomorrow so make sure to enjoy some nature therapy and cherish the daylight when it lasts!

Through rose-tinted glasses

June is the prime time of the year to admire blooming roses. In London, Queen’s Mary rose garden, in Regent’s Park is the largest with 12,000 flowers planted within the gardens. Also, the rose garden in Hyde Park and Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew are worth paying a visit. And most of the home gardens and local parks has some beautiful roses on display.

Rose scent has uplifting and relaxing properties, known not only as an aphrodisiac but also anti-depressant. Its fragrance brings good mood and happy feelings. Rose is widely used in perfumery, aromatherapy and beauty treatments. It is one of the oldest, most precious and expensive essential oils. Rose essential oil has rejuvenating and healing effects on skin, is very beneficial for mature or prone to broken capillaries skin. It soothes and calms any stress related problems. Can be use to treat digestive disorders, infertility, menopause problems. According to Susan Curtis in her “Essential oils” book, using rose helps us understand the human nature, become more tolerant and open to love.

Using rose essential oil has a long tradition and it still remains one of the most expensive oils to produce. There are two main species of roses grown for the rose oil production: the damask rose grown in Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Iran and the cabbage rose grown in France, Morocco, Egypt. The Rose Valley near Kazanlak, in Bulgaria is one of the centres growing roses for the rose oil essential production in Europe. Every June, they celebrate the beauty of roses during The Rose Festival which is filled with folklore customs and rose picking rituals. Must be fun!

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IMG_4612I have made an attempt to make rose petals macerated oil by filling the jar with petals and covering them with an almond oil. I have kept it on the windowsill but later read that petals should be changed every few days which I haven’t been doing at all. I might just leave it as it is and see how it turns out in about 2 weeks time. Will definitely add few drops of rose essential oil.

Do you remember to stop and smell the roses?

Summer’s nearly here!

Here we are, mid-year in June. What a sweet month is is, filled with long sunny days, fragrant of roses, acacia and elderflowers, buzzing with bees. Makes you think about holiday trips and some exciting adventures ahead! It is only two weeks until Summer Solstice when we can enjoy the longest day of the year and summer will be in full swing by then. Time to appreciate this season’s abundance and bask in the glorious sun rays.

Oxeye daisy
Oxeye daisy
Cornflower
Cornflower aka bachelor’s button
Poppy
Poppy
Bittersweet nightshade
Bittersweet nightshade
Dog rose
Dog rose
Common mallow
Common mallow
Ragged robin
Ragged robin
Fumitory
Fumitory
Knapweed
Knapweed
White campion
White campion
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Stinking iris
Bindweed
Bindweed
Birdsfoot trefoil
Birdsfoot trefoil
St. John's wort
St. John’s wort
Goat's beard
Goat’s beard
Common vetch
Common vetch
Spreading harebell
Spreading harebell
Ribwort plantain
Ribwort plantain
Cotton thistle
Cotton thistle
False acacia
False acacia
Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly
Speckled wood butterly
Speckled wood butterfly
Damselfly
Damselfly
Lavender
Lavender
Mullberries
Mulberries

Lavender buds are starting opening up and I can’t wait to pick some of them and make lavender macerated oil. I have made rose petals oil but will write a separate post about roses and share some pictures as well. In the “Floral book of birthdays” June as month is entirely dedicated to roses. Lucky those born in June, my 2 nephews including!