Summer solstice, sedum, jam-making

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, June 19, 2017

There is a bird in the poplars—
It is the sun!
The leaves are little yellow fish
Swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them—
Day is on his wings.
It is he that is making
The great gleam among the poplars

–William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

Monday, June 19, 2017
170th day of the year

Paula Abdul (singer & television personality) was born on this day in 1962.
James Gandolfini (actor) died on this day in 2013.


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Summer Solstice!

Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
In 2020, the June solstice—the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—occurs this year on Saturday, June 20. Here’s all you need to learn about the summer solstice—longest day of the year!
Vermont Weather Station

Measures temperature and humidity with an easy-to-read scale. Available in both brass and copper. A handsome and practical addition to your kitchen window.
Growing Sedum Tips

Sedum is a perennial plant with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. Here’s how to grow sedum in your garden!
Sparrow Rain Gauge | Save 32%

Features a simple yet elegant design crafted in brass.
Why Ants Love Peonies

Ants on Peonies
The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are a pest on peonies. There’s also a endearing myth that ants “tickle the buds” or “lick the sugar” to help them open. Learn more about ants on peony flowers.
Bold Kitchen Aprons

There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.
Making Fruit Jams

How to Make Jams and Preserves
Preserve your fruit! See how to make jams and preserves with these canning tips and recipes.
Oversized Wooden Matches

Each gorgeous matchbox contains approximately 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips. New designs and old favorites available.
Amazing Benefits of Oats

Health Benefits of Oatmeal and Oats
Oats are good for more than just breakfast. Read on to learn about the health benefits of oatmeal and oats, as well as what else they can do!
Wooden Box Sign

Looks like it was drawn with chalk! Measures 1.75 inches deep and can stand on its own or hang on a wall. Size: 12 inches by 9.5 inches.