One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The middle part of summer.‘the plant blooms in midsummer’
- ‘Everything grows very slowly there and all northern hemisphere herbs are grown under shade cloth - the herbs can't manage the intense dry heat of midsummer.’
- ‘It is a midsummer experience for the middle class every year.’
- ‘In midsummer, container-grown plants in local nurseries will be in full leaf so you can get a good idea of what the different varieties will look like.’
- ‘Although the plants bear tall spikes of white or lavender flowers in midsummer, hosta are planted primarily for the season-long show of their striking foliage.’
- ‘A peculiar experience occurs in thick Australian bushland in the shimmering heat of midsummer's noon.’
- ‘In the dry heat of midsummer, this place of rugged beauty is as spooky as it is spectacular - a disaster waiting to happen.’
- ‘The shabby redbrick facades of Het Straatje, or the little street, drowse like its denizens in the midsummer heat.’
- ‘Unfortunately the midsummer heat in Athens means his young children Pippa, three, and Oliver, one, will have to stay at home in Faringdon with his wife Georgina, 38.’
- ‘In midsummer the lilies reign, with blooms of vivid yellow, orange, maroon and pink.’
- ‘Bloom begins in midsummer and lasts until frost.’
- ‘Softwood cuttings are taken from new growth made in early spring to midsummer and are green at the tip and base.’
- ‘The Colchicum is much larger with goblet-shaped, fleshy flowers that are resistant to rain and should be planted in midsummer.’
- ‘A delay into late summer will mean resellers miss the traditional midsummer buying season.’
- ‘The Mani is a good place to walk at any time of the year, except in the searing heat of midsummer.’
- ‘Amid the midsummer heat and the excitement in central London, as citizens celebrated Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the principal contenders were becoming clear.’
- ‘Next, imagine you're down there, on the ground in midsummer's heat.’
- ‘In southernmost regions, your garden's rest period probably will coincide with the intense midsummer heat instead of winter.’
- ‘The fruiting season is midsummer to early autumn.’
- ‘Whether you start with seeds or transplants, planting in midsummer means heat is likely to stress young broccoli plants.’
- ‘The last time they'd seen the tin can was in the baking midsummer sun - a holiday from way back.’
- 1.1 The summer solstice.
- ‘On midsummer night last year, for example, he joined other artists for a special display on the River Thames.’
- ‘For the remainder of the 1930s its members continued to hold services either at Stonehenge or Normanton Gorse, but in July rather than at midsummer.’
- ‘When the midsummer sun rises directly over the heel stone, it marks the turning of the season and the approaching harvest season.’
- ‘The midsummer's eve dance was in precisely four days, and she already had her dress all prepared.’
Old English midsumor (see mid-, summer).
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