Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Through All The Varying Year: July

The seventh month was named Julius, by Marc Antony, in memory of Julius Caesar; before which time it had been called, Quintilis, as being the fifth from March, a name it retained under Numa after he made it the seventh month.  Our Saxon forefathers called it Mead-Month, from the richness of the meadows at this season.  From the 3rd of July to the 11th of August are accounted the "dog days", but the weather is not generally more sultry than later in the summer.  July is generally the hottest month of the year, although the sun shines upon us less and less every day, we feel the effects of the air and land having been so thoroughly warmed. Myriads of insects appear, and thunderstorms are frequent. July is not so rich in flowers as May and June, though it has many peculiar to itself such as the water lily and the wild thyme, scarlet poppies, blue bells, wild carrot and thistles. Salmon fishing goes on extensively in the north of England, and in Scotland, and mackerel and pilchards about off our coasts. Tadpoles turn into frogs, poultry loose their feathers, the ants give birth to new colonies, and bees begin to kill the drones. Wild fruits sun as winberries, cranberries and bilberries, ripen abundantly, and mushrooms appear in the pastures.  Potato fields are in full flower, and the beauty of the hop grounds is unrivaled, from the bright green of their foliage, and the graceful bunches of the pendant blossoms. 

- M. Jeafferson
Through All the Varying Year: A Calendar of Nature

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