What’s happening in June 2019? June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and an urge to get out there and enjoy the sunshine. Check out June holidays, wacky times, gardening tips, and even a fun quiz!
It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
–N. P. Willis (1807-67)
June was most likely named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Another interpretation says that the name came from the Latin juvenis, “young people,” who were celebrated at this time.
- Tuesday, June 5 is World Environment Day to raise environmental awareness across the globe.
- Wednesday, June 14 is Flag Day (U.S.). Be sure to raise the flag! See flag guidelines.
- Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16 this year. Read all about the history of Father’s Day here.
- The summer solstice heralds the start of summer. In 2019, the solstice falls on June 21. In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins at this time.
- June 21 is also National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada)
- June 24 brings Midsummer Day, traditionally the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting.
Cut your thistles before St. John [June 24],
You will have two instead of one.
June 1: Say Something Nice Day
June 3: Chimborazo Day
June 6: National Yo-Yo Day
June 8: Upsy Daisy Day
June 21: Go Skateboarding Day
June 30: Asteroid Day
Which of the following is a traditional gift to give on a 19th wedding anniversary?
(To see answer, scroll to bottom of page!)
Recipes for the Season
See “What’s in Season: Summer Recipes” for more seasonal recipes.
- Everything’s coming up roses in June! See our Roses Plant Care Guide.
- How are the tomatoes doing? See our Tomato Guide for pest control and tips.
- Got slugs, weeds, or other annoying insects? See our Pests and Problems library.
- Mow grass when it’s 2 to 3 inches high. See our lawn care tips.
- For all your cut flowers, see how to make your bouquets last!
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If June be sunny, harvest comes early.
June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.
Since the weather is warm, try saving some money this summer by using a clothesline to dry your clothes instead of the dryer.
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Nature and Wildlife
June is also a big month for fishing. Check out the best fishing days for the year.
To help you catch this year’s prize fish, check out the Four Fundamentals of Successful Fishing.
Look up! Enjoy the night sky from your own backyard. See our June Sky Map and highlights.
The Full Strawberry Moon rises on June 17 at 4:31 a.m. EDT
See our June Moon Guide.
Check the Full Moon times for YOUR location.
June’s Birth Flower: Honeysuckle or Rose
June’s birth flowers are the honeysuckle and the rose.
- A rose in general indicates love or desire. Specific roses may relate other messages. For example, a white rose may mean “silence” or “new beginnings,” while a yellow rose signifies “jealousy.”
- The honeysuckle denotes the bonds of love, or generous and devoted affection.
Learn more about June’s birth month flowers.
June’s birthstone is generally considered the Pearl but also Alexandrite and Moonstone.
Pearls are associated with purity, honesty, and calmness. If you dream of a pearl ring, expect romance.
Click here to learn about June’s birthstone.
Ah, happy day, refuse to go!
Hang in the heavens forever so!
Forever in midafternoon,
Ah, happy day of happy June!
–Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford, American writer (1835–1921)
Answer to Quiz: A.
B., 20th year; C., 35th year; D., 13th year.