Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sunday Stroll Invitation

Since I was a child, I have heard the phrase "the dog days of summer" and understood them to mean the sweltering, sultry days of July and August. Further inquiry reveals that the phrase is related to the rising of the dog star, Sirius, in conjunction with the sun. The dog days of summer literally refers to the period of time 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction. Ancient superstions linked the oppressive heat, spoilage of food, increased disease, etc. with the conjuction of the brightest star of night with the bright day-star. You can read more here. As a gardener, those dog days are the hot days when the color in the bloom fades too fast and blossoms - and the gardener - sag with the heat.

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." ~Sam Keen

If you have time this week for a Sunday Stroll, please post about about it on your blog and then come back here with a comment and a link to your post. You may use the Sunday Stroll button at the top of this post on your post or side bar if you would like. I will add participant names to this post so other strollers can walk through your garden too. I'll check back often and try to keep the list updated.

Look who's strolling:

Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings

The Crafty Gardener at The Garden Side

Margaret at Periodic Pearls

Joyce at Tall Grass Worship

Mibsy at Classical Calling

Me, here at The Quiet Country House

Abbie at Farmer's Daughter

Diana at My Quiet Place in the Country

Nan at Letters from a Hill Farm (Strolling on Monday)



Anonymous said...

That was very interesting information I never knew or had forgotten. Thanks. I have my stroll up. Please come by later and have a cup of tea with me.~~Dee/reddirtramblings

Aisling said...

Dee, Will do! I keep thinking of you this week as my daylilies are really starting to bloom. :)

Margaret Evans Porter said...

Here I am again!

Crafty Gardener said...

I have taken up your offer of a Sunday stroll through my rainy garden. Come by The Gardener Side and join me.

Joyce said...

I've posted, Aisling. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Hello Aisling, we went strolling!

Patty H. said...

That's interesting. I'd heard that all mylife also but didnt' know where it had orignated.
The buds on my lily are a bit limp, one has even fallen off. Havent' had rain in almost a week.
Thanks for inviting us on your Sunday Stroll.
Patty H

Aisling said...

Patty, I'm working on loading my own photos right now. I managed to find quite a bit blooming, despite the heat, but some things are definitely wilting and languishing.

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to comment!

abbie said...

Finally, after wordpress has resolved image issues, I'm about to post my stroll for today. I'm really enjoying this!

Diana said...

I love your site! You challenged me to photograph my Sunday stroll. I am just beginning my blogging venture, but feel free to check me out.

Aisling said...

Thank you to all who strolled this week! I enjoyed visiting all of your blogs to see your gardens.

I hope you join me next week.

Nan said...

I just got mine up for this week - a Monday stroll instead of a Sunday stroll!