"Gardening makes my heart bloom" -- mum

"The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat." -- Confucius

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Summer Solstice

It's the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere today and therefore the longest day of the year.  Oh, it's also the first day of summer!  Why did I think that summer begins on 1st June?  And why isn't the longest day the hottest day as well?  Here's a really good explanation from the National Geographic website:

Earth's oceans and atmosphere act like heat sinks, absorbing and reradiating the sun's rays over time. So even though the planet is absorbing lots of sunlight on the summer solstice, it takes several weeks to release it. As a result, the hottest days of summer usually occur in July or August.

"If you think about turning up an oven—it takes it a long time to heat up," explained Robert Howell, an astronomer at the University of Wyoming. "And after you turn it off, it takes a while for it to cool down. It's the same with the Earth."

Bring on the heat!  And more strawberries..........



Matron said...

Are you sure those are garden helpers? Most cats I know think that freshly weeded and dug soil is for a purpose... other than gardening!

Dim Sum Gardener said...

They are no trouble at all as they preferred using their own dedicated cat dunnies outdoors: there's a 3x1.5ft area that is cleared and raked through every week (if we remembered!) and also a very large pot filled with compost. It really works!

Camellia Jhonson said...

Amazing post, just loved your idea of garden helpers, pets are always helpful and it is a nice idea to avail for pets in the garden.

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georgezetta morel said...

"Summer Solstice" your is really goes with the nature. The explanation of summer is well mentioned here, The picture of flower and those little animals are very nice. And the information about the atmosphere is really informatics.

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peter clarke said...

Very good information about the summer is presented here. The post is very much informative and knowledgeable. Even the pictures are also very much appealing and nice.

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kevin ross said...

Amazing blog its entirely dedicated to the nature and some part of it when summer season arrives. The animal shown over here seems to be very funny and a good moment.

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freda johnsons said...

I think sometimes they are dangerous but sometimes not because they re very cute..,
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