The summer solstice is an important point in the year at our latitude. There is light in the sky all night, and the plants seem to reach a critical point in their lifecycles; virtually everything wild blooms, and cultivars seem to double in size overnight.
This year on the solstice we walked all around the area where we live collecting wild roses (Rosa dumalis). These roses can be found all over the Swedish countryside, and they clearly love the solstice sun. We harvested and distilled the fragrant flower petals, and are very thankful for this midsummer gift from nature.