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A bird in the boughs sang “June,”
And “June” hummed a bee
In a bacchic glee
As he tumbled over and over
Drunk with the honey-dew.
–Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
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June Weather Lore
When pigs carry sticks, the clouds will play tricks.
If the birds be silent, expect thunder.
When spiders’ webs in air do fly, The spell will soon be very dry.
When sheep collect and huddle, tomorrow will become a puddle.
When the glowworm lights her lamp, the air is always very damp.
Bats flying late in the evening indicate fair weather.
For more weather information, visit our Weather Center.
Check out Cynthia.
She’s growing up to be a big girl. Well, we’re really not sure if she’s
a girl or not. Visit our Cynthia blog and tell us what you think!
Almanac.com’s forum discussion area offers a chance for you to chat with other Old Farmer’s Almanac readers about all sorts of topics. Post your weather observations, gardening conundrums, recipes, kitchen tips, and more. Visit our forums today!
Hurricane season is upon us, and
Almanac.com is the place to turn for everything you need to weather a
storm. Want to find out how many hurricanes have been predicted for the
2008 season? Curious to know the names of the storms? Wondering about
how hurricanes form and how they differ from tropical storms? Visit our
You can also use our printable Hurricane Maps to track the paths of hurricanes. Maps are included for both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Wondering about storms past? Visit our Weather History Page to find rain, wind, and temperature information for your location.
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Flag Day (June 14)
What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the
Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in
the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many
different flags with various symbols and slogans — rattlesnakes, pine
trees, eagles, “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and “Conquer or
Die,” to name a few. The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13
alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now
there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes
remain. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag’s 100th
Read about some Dos and Don’ts for the U.S. flag.
Father’s Day (June 15)
Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a modern origin. The idea came to
Mrs. John Dodd as she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1910. Her
father, William Smart, had raised his children alone on his Washington
farm after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Mrs. Dodd
proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they
celebrate a “father’s day” on June 5, her father’s birthday. The idea
received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that
the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the
unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day was observed on
June 19, 1910, in Spokane, and soon other towns had their own
celebrations. In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not
become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard
Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the
third Sunday in June.
Send an Almanac e-Card to Dad to celebrate this special day.
Full Strawberry Moon (June 18)
The Algonquin tribes knew this Moon as a time to gather ripening
strawberries. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon. Visit
our Moon page for more Moon information.
Any bedding plants you find for sale can be planted outdoors in beds, boxes, or containers.
you long for a hanging basket filled with blossoms, compare prices on
different-size plants. It may be more economical to buy several small
plants and combine them yourself rather than pay for one large plant.
Starting this month, keep hanging plants such as fuchsias well watered and out of direct sun, or their leaves will burn.
around trees to create a safe zone where your mower won’t go. Nicking a
tree trunk can seriously damage even a well established tree.
your lawn according to the needs of the grass, not the calendar. Grass
thickens and provides better cover when regularly clipped at the proper
Prune rhododendrons after they flower. Snap off spent flower stalks by bending them over until they break away from their stems.
For more gardening tips, go to our Gardening Pages.
Honor the dad in your life on Sunday, June 15, with a wholesome,
homemade breakfast — and be sure to include these moist, delicious, apricot muffins as part of the meal.
And, make a Brownie Pudding Cake for dessert. Everyone will love this fudgy treat.
For more great recipes, visit our recipe archives in The Old Farmer’s Kitchen.
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