It never seems like summer until the St John's wort flowers bloom. Through fortuitous circumstances I was able to go out into my garden this morning and discover the solstice had brought the flowers with it.
When I first started growing SJW, the flowers always opened a week after the solstice, but two years ago they moved a week ahead. I was sure this year they were going to come beforehand, but they didn't, they waited!
It was very exciting to gather my very first harvest of the year. The petals seemed very damp, despite the hours of sunshine on them before I gathered. I like to make my oil first, so I drowned the newly gathered flowers in sunflower oil and took a picture to share with everyone.