This has been the most amazing June weather. We wonder what that portends for the rest of the summer, but “Que sera, sera;” we’ll accept what comes, although possibly not without complaints.
Friends have been commenting about garden flowers — some that are blooming way ahead of their usual schedule. Hydrangeas in June? Chrysanthemums this month? Roses into their second bloom cycle?
Some plants seem to have reliable calendar dates. A long-ago friend purchased a rhododendron, “Susan,” for her daughter because every year it hit peak bloom for her daughter Susan’s birthday.
We’d always have “bluebells” (scilla) for May Day baskets, but many were already past this year.
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Regardless of whether or not our favorite flowers bloom when we think they’re supposed to, it’s best to take Mother Nature’s word that it is their time.
And on to July.
The Blue Willow Lavender Farm hosts its annual Lavender Festival July 10-11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A delightful little store with a wide variety of lavender products will be open. Vendors, live music, food, U-pick lavender, plants and bouquets.
No charge, and if you want to just wander around and see the marvelous varieties of lavender, that’s okay, too. The address is 10615 Wright Bliss Road, Gig Harbor, but it IS in Vaughn as we know it.
Camp Woodworth, just south of Delano on the east side of the Key Peninsula, has new directors and programs. Mike and Judy Sherman are live-in caretakers and with lots of volunteer help, are improving the camp facilities.
Sunday evenings they hold services in the Chapel by the Bay with music, prayers, fellowship and some special speakers.
On July 5, “Country Lovin’ Ministries” will present a patriotic evening with puppets, music and a message from God’s Word, beginning at 6 p.m.
Jeff Olive, a pastor formerly in this area now in Tacoma, will be guest speaker on July 12 at 6 p.m. He taught at Burley Christian School and Lighthouse Christian School.
A special “5-Day Club” at the camp will be presented on July 6 to 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is a free event for kids going into first through sixth grade, put on by Child Evangelism Fellowship of Pierce County. Parents are welcome to attend, too. Preregister or get more information by calling 253-686-6029.
The camp has a Facebook page that lists some events in advance. For more information on the facility, call 253-691-3535.
The Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival takes place July 18 and 19, with more than 120 artists showing and selling their work. There is a whole street of canopies displaying varied artwork to browse through.
Of special interest to me is a second year of local authors sharing our books. Proceeds from the festival provide art scholarships for local students and Peninsula Art League members.
This summer seems to be a season of travel for many relatives and friends. A destination of several cousins is Sweden (some are already there), where some of their ancestors came from.
A graduating grandson heads to Italy with his dad, then meets his mom in London for time in Ireland. He’ll have a couple of weeks after his vacation travels before he heads east for college.
Another grandson and his wife will spend time in Ireland, the land of some of my ancestors. I love to catch up with people who are having such adventures as they post their pictures and notes on Facebook. Much faster than when we traveled and had to wait for photos to be developed.
That’s one real technological plus for me.
Even if we can’t do much about our weather or flower blooms.