Tuesday, October 13, 2009

goodbye flowers

It was just a few weeks ago when I took these pictures...
...sunflowers, cosmos, and white zinnias which I planted in the small garden near the chicken yard.

...and some nasturtiums in a barrel next to the henhouse...

Monday morning we woke up to the first hard frost ~ it was a very chilly 28 degrees F.

The end of summer now seems official.


Pale in her fading bowers the Summer stands,
Like a new Niobe with clasped hands,
Silent above the flowers, her children lost,
Slain by the arrows of the early Frost.

Richard Henry Stoddard [1825 - 1903]


  1. Yes, it comes along all too soon. We haven't had a hard frost yet here, but I mowed over and through all of the gardens a little while back because they were looking weary after a summer of temperature extremes and I was tired of tending to them. I always breathe a sigh of relief when the season is done, because I'm tired and also in need of a rest from gardening. :)

    I enjoyed your photos and the little poem.

  2. Linda ~ I'm also breathing that sigh of relief. As much as I love summer, it is a busy time! I always look forward to cozying up indoors with a book/some knitting/a bit of sewing, etc.

  3. Winter hit hard and fast here, too. I'm resigning myself to the fact that autumn was brief and is now gone, and I must move on.

    I never like resigning myself, but the snowflakes are making me!

  4. It's so surprising to see such a quick change when you don't live in a frosty area. I'm on the coast in NSW Australia and the change from summer to autumn is much much slower. Our roses flower even in the depths of winter. A very interesting post.

  5. sad. We are still warm in SC, but starting to notice fall a little bit. I just found your blog and I've enjoyed reading.

  6. I think fall is beautiful, but also extremely sad! I'm not very fond of winter and it feels like we're going to have an early winter.

  7. Such a sad photo... but they will be back in the spring. That is what keeps us going, right?

  8. You've got that right! Check my blog for "seasonal" pictures I took today. They have an unusual amount of white stuff for this time of year.
    As Debi said, thoughts of the return of spring flowers keep us going during the cold winters. Our temps have dipped to -12 celcius, about the same as yours.

  9. It has to happen sometime! Mine look about the same.

    Happy Fall!

  10. The flowers were beautiful...and although the poor things have withered...I bet they will look gorgeous again come next year!!! :o) I just absolutely LOVE fall...and I think God has all the leaves turn gorgeous colors so we don't miss the flowers as much ;).

  11. Your flowers were beautiful. But it is so sad when the cold weather hits. But at least you can look forward to next spring :-)


  12. Oh it just breaks my heart. I hate seeing my flowers go. I've been covering them with sheets, and bringing some things in. It's inevitable. I do love fall, but the sting of the first frost is always the worst. I try to console myself with pots of soup, fresh bread and sewing projects. It usually works wonders...and then there is the first thoughts of Christmas....:-)

  13. Oh yes, your too?
    So long flowers.

  14. I do love the flowers but am quite glad of the gardening respite:-)

  15. Yes, summer leaves far too soon. I do enjoy the change in seasons however....especially knitting, curling up with a good book under an afghan while watching the snow blow around outside.


  16. That same thing over here in Washington State~32 degrees F.
    I too planted sunflowers,cosmos and nasturgums near my chicken coop. I forgot to plant my zinnia seeds:(

    My flowers are still hanging in there though! My sunflowers are attracting many birds!
    I have a family of stellar jays in the garden last week!

    Georgiann momma of 6 so far!

  17. Winter has come to my neck of the woods. We are getting snow and my garden is finished as well. The strange thing is the leaves on the trees are still green in places.

    I really am not ready for winter this early.

    God bless.

  18. I have a question about your dishcloth pattern: You suggest using Lion brand yarn, but my craft store doesn't sell that brand of cotton yarn, but it sells Cream & Sugar brand (I think that's the name =) Could I use ANY cotton yarn, or have you found that Lion is *better*? Thank you! I think I'm going to make your dishcloths for Christmas presents! I'm a new knitter, but am enjoying it SO much!

    P.S. It snowed here on Monday. It is sad to see green leaves just fall without changing color =(

  19. It is sad to see it all end xoxo Clarice


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