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happy August days
Welcome to August, the month when we begin to think about autumn. Of course, there are plenty of warm and sunny days left to enjoy our summer activities.
August is a wonderful month for sweet corn, tomatoes, melon, peaches, squash, peppers, and blueberries, just to name a few of our favorites. August could be considered the perfect month of the summer. The extremely hot and rainy months are mostly past and for some, there is a reprieve from the humidity.
Zodiac signs for the month are Leo (July 23–August 22) and Virgo (August 23–September 22).
August’s birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy. The gladiolus comes is a variety of colors – pink, yellow, orange, red, purple, white and green. This long-lasting flower signifies strength in character, honor, and remembrance.
The poppy is a plant with a large delicate flower, usually red and signifies restful sleep and recovery.
Peridot is August’s birthstone, a beautiful stone that appears in different shades of green and signifies strength and healing power. It’s said the stone wards off nightmares and evil.
The end of August is a significant time to start preparing for autumn as beautifully reflected in this poem.
Summer declines and roses have grown rare,
But cottage crofts are gay with hollyhocks,
And in old garden walks you breathe an air
Fragrant of pinks and August-smelling stocks.
—John Todhunter (1839-1916)
Word of the week – ebullient (adjective) – cheerful and full of energy. Synonyms – exuberant, joyful, cheery, merry, jolly, sunny.
mid-summer is lazing
magical times awaiting
life’s recipe amazing
harvest readies for tasting
Oh, yes and star-gazing
A full moon is rising
August’s ebullient offering
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