Tuesday, September 05, 2006

IN MY GARDEN THIS MORNING

I love the Virginia Creeper when it turns to such vibrant shades as this, however, despite all the glorious colours that surround us at this time of year, this season always brings a tinge of sadness into my heart, for it is when life in the countryside and in our gardens begins to fade away and die and we are left to anticipate what winter will bring.

Right now though, in these early, gentle days of autumn, we can still enjoy balmy days. Hedgerows are bedecked with honeysuckle and the meadow sweet, with its sprays of cream coloured flowers, grows in profusion along the river bank attracting many insects. Red admiral and Peacock butterflies are busy together with bumble bees, seeking the nectar from buddleia bushes and sedum flowers.

Apples hang heavy on the bough right now, whilst blackberries ripen along the wayside and my tomatoes are simply delicious from the greenhouse.

So, let us linger for a while and enjoy these early gentle days of autumn.



17 comments:

PEA said...

Loved seeing your pictures...your apples and tomatoes are doing so well! I think we will be picking our apples off the tree this week, they seem to be ready. We have tons of tomatoes but they're still on the green side so will have to wait a while yet. When I went for a drive to town yesterday I noticed how much the leaves are changing already...Autumn is fast approaching here! Love the roses you chose...how I would have loved to be able to go visit that garden with you!!

Alice said...

I admit to loving the autumn season, which is particularly beautiful here in Canberra, but it's also a relief from the hot weather. Also being able to garden throughout the winter, if one desires, means that we don't dread that season quite as much as many in the northern hemisphere.

Virginia Creeper is surely one of the spectacular autumn plants. Your apples look so healthy - may I reach out and pick one?

Richard put 17 stakes in yesterday ready for the tomatoes. It's still a few weeks too early yet as we could still get some late frosts.

Dawn said...

I do so love this season...your photos are lovely...

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Marion, when we lived back in Illinois and the change of seasons was more evident I seemed to feel the same way you are feeling in your blog. I always thougth FALL was so pretty but it always seemed sad to me...like something was dying and the sad wintertime was coming. I always felt depressed at times. Now since we live here in the South EAST and we really do not see a change of seasons I just do not feel that sense of sadness anymore. YES, I miss the change. I miss the falling leaves and the pretty colors but I feel happier for some reason.
I guess I never liked snow or cold!!
Thanks for the great pictures and the wonderful email..
Your friend...

Mindy said...

MArion your photos of your garden are just gorgeous...the colors are so vibrant!!! This is my favorite time of year! Blessings to you dear...xo

Sue said...

I think fall is my favorite season too! We are in the midst of Indian Summer here. Very warm days and cooler nights. Your photos are lovely as usual..
((hugs))

patsy said...

lovely photos. tomatoes look like you have a bumper crop.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Yes Marion all over the states there are different parts that have various ways that the seasons do change. Like I said when I lived more in the cooler parts of the USA (Illinois) they do change but here in the warmer parts (Georgia) they do not change as much. It just depends on where you live here. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I always love it when you do.

Sigrun said...

Hi Marion, you have a lot of tomatoes, I have not one, it is too much rain here and to cold.

Your garden looks lovely.

Sigrun

Carol said...

It's so beautiful how you've desribed these late summer days Marion! And you photos are beautiful as well!

Connie and Rob said...

Oh the colors are perfect there. We haven't got such good color in the past few years. Keeping my fingers crossed for a vibrant fall.

Take care,
Connie

Val said...

Like your flip-flop friend, I too find autumn tinged with sadness. Its taken hard work and much living in the present moment for me to enjoy it for itself, and not for what it heralds! Here's to a bountiful and colourful autumn ahead. Did you see the full moon tonight rising in the sky? She was quite magical - huge and pink, opposite a theatrical sunset.
Did you see the eclipse where you are?

HORIZON said...

That post read like poetry to me- l also have Virginia Creeper up by our shed- fantastic crimsons starting. Funny how you start to settle into the routine of autumn.
I will be sitting by the cosy fire like yourself soon enough this winter but until then l agree with you to just enjoy.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Autums really has |it's own charm, as shown in your garden. Your tomatoes looks delicious.

mrspao said...

Those are beautiful photos. You've certainly been busy in the garden. I've just been on a fantastic walk around the orchards in Pluckley which were incredible.

Lee-ann said...

Dear Marion,
Your garden is filled with all the beauty of autumn, that always makes my heart skip.

I am truly an autumn girl and when many years ago it was the fashion to have your colours accessed as to what colours suited you...........well I was Autumn :o)
Somehow I have always stuck to this fashion (I truly have no idear why)

My husband and I love to grow apples and enjoy this autumn treat. I can sit under our huge oak tree in Autumn and watch the sun skip about in the limbs as the leaves gently fall to the ground knowing Autumn brings a cooler day and a relief from the hot summers we have here.

We as you know are in spring now and the wonders of this season for me is that nature has started all over again and brings to us such beauty after its long winter rest.

So remember your little tinge of sadness is our little tinge of hope for a new spring season.

Your friend Lee-ann

Kerri said...

Yes, Autumn is certainly a lovely season, but like you, it makes me sad to think of the winter ahead....cold weather stretching for months and months....far too many for me!
Your apples look delicious, as do the tomatoes. Home grown are a real treasure!
I love that Virginia Creeper...so very pretty. Lovely photos Marion dear. Hope you're feeling better!