Letter from the BOMH President

It is hard to believe we are halfway through the year already!  The summer solstice has past and days are beginning to get shorter.  I hope the summer season is treating you well!  Whether it’s a busy schedule of art festivals and shows, family gatherings and barbecues, or quiet evenings listening to the frogs while catching lightning bugs, there is no doubt it is summer here in Missouri!  These temperatures pushing 100 degrees prove it!

This is the time of year I spend my early mornings in my garden.  I am anxiously awaiting the first taste of my homegrown tomatoes!  My peppers and cucumbers are close to ripening as well.  Not long after sunrise, I get outside to water my gardens. I do a bit of weeding in each garden bed and deadhead some flowers to promote more growth. Daily maintenance is key. It’s a quiet time as the sun lingers behind the trees and the golden finches enjoy a breakfast of seeds from my sunflowers.  I look in amazement at the growth that has occurred over the past few months, remembering the seeds I planted in May. 

This reminds me of a great quote from Lady Bird Johnson, “Where flowers bloom so does hope.”

This month I invite you to take some time to admire what has grown for you since Spring.  How is your garden growing? How do you tend to the seeds that were planted in the Spring?  Are they getting enough sunlight and water? Are you? Growing gardens help to put life into perspective. What seeds have you planted in your creativity? How are you blooming this season? 

In closing I will leave you with this great quote from Audrey Hepburn, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” 

Enjoy the rest of your summer.  Take time to savor some sweet moments of the season.  Buy a popsicle from the ice cream truck in your neighborhood.  Run through the sprinkler with your kids.  Take a moment to enjoy the colors of the setting sun.  Look with awe at the flowers blooming.  This is summer!

BOMH President Patty Muenks