Prince Snow Farm

10.08.2012

Clean Up

Looking above at my header, you probably wouldn't even know this was the same garden. I love planting and tending the spring and summer garden. I despise tearing out the dead / decaying garden of autumn.  It's a ritual. I'll say that much for it. But I'm not so sure it's an enjoyable one.  


It's like saying good-bye to a friend. It's like mourning someone you just got to know. and like. and don't want to let go of.


There is still life in the garden, but it is fleeting. Pumpkin vines hanging on by a thread, much like the last stream of purple in a sunset sky. Tomatoes that want to keep producing, but the bees are no longer available to pollinate.

The butterflies are still abundant...sucking the last bits of life from the zinnias....building up their store of energy as they prepare for migration. Wish I could follow....flying high above the Earth....surrounded by blue sky and tailwinds....


I fight the color change, because as much as I delight in the jewel tones, I walk through the yard in flip flops that I'm not yet ready to surrender....


Soon this view will be covered in winter snow...the joyful chatter of sledders, the shrieks of joy as they plummet down the slippery slope....hot chocolate brewing inside for cold little hands....and to warm a mama's heart....


Contrails streak the autumn sky...jets flying in from Europe, carrying a new life for some, and perhaps a new look on an old life for others....



Reach for the stars......




Dream a little dream.

28 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful post! I know you are longing to stay in flip-flops, but I am wishing for cold weather. The snow, sledding, and hot cocoa all sound absolutely wonderful! :)

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    1. Thanks FFM....maybe we should trade houses mid-winter for a few weeks :)

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    2. I was just reading an old post of mine and realized you now have your wish!!!!

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  2. It's always a sad time for us gardeners :( But we'll have something to look forward to next year.....I love it when the bulbs start poking through. BTW, love that shot of the butterfly with the zinnias and beautiful sky. You must have bent down low to get that photo!

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    1. How low can you go....you are right Loi...I was kneeling and shooting up through the zinnias at the blue sky....you are on to me :) I love the idea of an abundance of shrubs and greenery like you have...it lends a cheer to winter as well.

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    2. One time I did that....ended up losing my balance and sitting on my hostas, haha

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  3. The changes, the thoughts of sledders and snow and all does not even seem real from here in Florida. It always sounds like fiction. I can hardly imagine it. But I do like the thought of starting fresh each Spring and tearing out the old before the Winter and the appreciation for all things new when everything starts budding again. Enjoy the seasons. Sounds like hard work, and while we get paradise weather all Winter, the changes and challenges you face bring great blessings that we miss out on down South.
    Liz

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    1. hi liz... i'm originally from delray beach... i miss the ocean and shelling but you just can't beat the changing seasons... the crisp air on fall mornings, the smell of donuts at franklin cider mill in michigan, the taste of freshly squeezed cider, the color of the trees and eons ago, the smell of burning leaves, which is now outlawed...

      in south florida, it's green... 12 months of the year... nothing seems to change, except after a hurricane...

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    2. it's funny...that is the norm for us....but sounds like a storybook for you :) I'd love to build a sandcastle on Christmas Day!

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    3. Jeri-I guess we just have to use our imaginations!

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  4. We've been tending the garden daily, to see what we have to say good bye too, it's such a sad task! Thankfully we have the Spring to look forward too! It gets us through that unmentionable time! LOL

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    1. Yes, you are right, we get so busy planning, the winter passes before we know it...and as I get older (with a birthday looming in the next few weeks)....time passes TOO fast....

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  5. Preparing for the next season does bring me a sense of melancholy...This post reminds me of the beautiful sentiment that the season is over...

    Love,
    Bobby

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    1. I will dedicate it to you and your journey Bobby. Breathe.

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  6. I'm not a gardener, so I can't say I know the feeling, but you described it beautifully!

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    1. It's much like tending your children ;) It's a loving nurturing feeling. I've had a little garden since childhood.

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  7. You described the transition into Autumn so eloquently and mournfully beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sara Louise....I have been enjoying your journeys...you always have such great stories....I want to hang out with you guys...or at least write the novel :)

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  8. My garden isn't nearly as large as your's...I have raised beds around the perimeter of our yard where the sun is best...

    My Littlest and I spent the other afternoon doing the same thing...last harvest, clearing and cleaning. This year, I am ready to wrap up the season and move on to the next...my dad was recently diagnosed with cancer. He has upcoming surgery and my clearing of my garden beds also seemed to help me clear my mind and anticipate towards the Spring and a future of new beginnings along with all those new green sprouts...

    Love your description... :)

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    1. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Such sadness. My happy thoughts are with you...

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  9. I love this post! Such a city dweller I am with my pool and my play yard. I need a garden! Husband needs it too. I just think we have so many varmints not sure how it would survive!

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    1. I'd take the pool and play yard for a while....we also have many animals...the fences keep out the deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, etc...and they keep their distance.

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  10. I could do a lot of dreaming in your garden.... what a gorgeous post x

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    1. I ama dreamer for sure, so the garden allows me LOTS of time to do just that :)

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  11. Your garden looks absolutely beautiful ...I love the line of tomatoes; my favourite ;-)
    Thanks for popping by my blog...lovely to hear from you.
    Catherine
    xx

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    1. Thanks Catherine! Always welcoming visitors! Come back again!

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  12. It's so nice to "meet" you. Your garden is lovely and although I look forward to each change of season, I can see how it would be hard to put this to bed for the winter.
    Your 'reach for the stars' photo would make a great greetings card.

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    1. Nice to meet you as well Pauline! That is a great idea for that photo!
      Monica

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Thanks for chatting!

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