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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Winding Down...

Fall is winding down. We have had a beautiful autumn with glorious colour, sunny warmer-than-usual days and lots of sunshine. I do love the fall colour but hate to think of what is to come next... I guess one should just appreciate each day and try not to look too far ahead to that nasty "W" word.
Since all our October company left, we have both been working hard to get all the outdoor chores done in preparation for "the next season".. I can't bear to say that "W" word yet...
So, I have planted all my new tulips and other spring bulbs, pulled out chopped and composted all the annuals, cut down all my perennial beds and covered them with leaves for their long winter sleep, emptied

all planters and a few other small jobs which I'm too tired to remember right now. The vegetable garden has been tilled. The end result.. I'm pretty much DONE. I can feel myself slipping into hibernation mode. (I think I'd make a good bear!) My studio beckons; I am anxious to get into a more creative mode and get working on some long overdue projects, both new and already in progress.

I am always sad to see gardening season end as I derive so much pleasure from my garden. Even as plants wither and die there is still a simple beauty to be appreciated, if one takes the time to look. Dark blue berries appear on the Virginia Creeper vines. Early frosts fade colour as flower petals wither, ferns curl and turn brown, hosta leaves yellow and wilt. The end of a season, end of a cycle. All is now prepared for the long winter sleep.

Peace,  
Linda

"Walked for half an hour in the garden. A fine rain was falling, and the landscape was that of autumn.
The sky was hung with various shades of gray, and mists hovered about the distant mountains - a melancholy nature. The leaves are falling on all sides like the last illusions of youth under the tear of irremediable grief. A brood of chattering birds were chasing each other through the shrubberies, and playing games among the branches, like a knot of hiding schoolboys. Every landscape is, as it were. a state of the soul, and whoever penetrates into both is astonished to find how much likeness there is in each detail." ~ Henri Frederic Amiel

7 comments:

Vee said...

Yes, the day by day approach is so much better. I am making apple butter tomorrow in the crockpot and am already feeling the excitement and over such a simple thing. I like very much the description of your garden and the quote you used...delicious!

Jennifer said...

I love autumn, the fact that summer's heat (ours can be quite fierce) is finally done, and the glorious mellow colours of fall. Our winters are short and sharp, but just the same we do look forward to them.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Oh man!! thanks so much for reminding me there is still work to be done outside. I need to put the garden to bed. My frogs still sun themselves on the side of the pond. I dread the day I go out and they are no longer there for me to talk to.
xx, Carol

Pamela Gordon said...

Yes, the season of colour is over for another few months. I didn't know that Virginia Creeper had berries. I've not seen any on mine. I like that quote at the end of your post - very descriptive of our current days, minus the mountains (unless I'm living on the mountain). ;)

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Hello Linda, there's still much beauty in your garden and you have been working hard there.
I try to grow my garden "natural" and yet during the summer one must water, weed, fight the pests, protect the plants against rain, wind and animals... and I'm quite happy to forget all that for some months. But I too would hope spring to come soon after Christmas. :)
Thank you for the lovely flower photos and the insightful quotation! Have a happy weekend!

Linda said...

Hello Linda! Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :) Your photos are really beautiful, and your header is stunning. Thank you so much for sharing.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

We've come to that time of year again that says to get out the winter gear as the snow and cold will be coming. Hubby has been mulching tons of leaves for my compost bins and there's not too many left hanging on the trees now.

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