If St Paul’s day (29 June) be fair and clear
It does betide a happy year.
But if it chance to snow or rain
Then will be dear all kinds of grain.
If clouds or mists do dark the sky
Great store of birds and beasts shall die.
And if the winds do file aloft
Then war shall vex the kingdom oft.
Summer Solstice is the first day of Summer!
It is also the longest day of the year (…..and the shortest night of the year).
It was a medieval custom to collect flowers on the longest day (ie for their healing properties). Typically, Apothecaries would gather herbs on this day (eg St John’s Wort, Chamomile, Geraniums, and Thyme).
To celebrate, they would light a bonfire and dance around it. Flowers collected on this day would release their fragrant aromas when thrown on bonfire (to eradicate bad luck and negative energy).