9.24.2013

Patience

A friend has let me borrow her camera...
I am having so much fun trying it out!
Today I was able to photograph my first Dahlia of the season.
In fact, I was afraid as the temps dipped into the 30's that I wouldn't get to experience these beauties.


They were gifted to me by another friend(wow, I have great friends!)
And as I headed out on this PERFECT autumn afternoon,
I realized that this growing season has been a lesson
in patience.



I have urged the Dahlias on since June....digging the soil around their
tender feet, watering during dry conditions,
and cheering on with words of encouragement
in every passing.


The pumpkins produced gorgeous vines...but
only two pumpkins. I am happy though....we will have one for each set of stairs...
Now we patiently await the ripening from green to orange.


The tomatoes....oh the tomatoes....I ate my FIRST tomato in September! WHAT???!!!!


Then I talked to friends in town who also picked their
first tomatoes in September....which made me feel so much better....less of a garden failure :)
Can you believe these are the plants today?
Do they realize it's the end of September....and frost is soon going to nip 
their lush leaves with a silver flash.?


And then suddenly, while I was patiently being patient,
autumn blossomed before my eyes.
The Goldenrod is flourishing like I have never seen it.
(Today I learned it is a member of the Aster family.)



And with the chill of the air, and the turn of the calendar,
came a sorrow for the season that has passed, and a joy for the seasons ahead.


Today I realized that patience 
is the thing you develop
sometime between sunrise and sunset.

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Happy 79th Birthday to my Mom :)







30 comments:

  1. Aren't these photos proof that God's thinking is WAY over our heads? every single photo is stunning! and your words/poem brought tears of 'yes!' to my eyes...love it.

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    1. Thank you Janet. I never think of my words as having true meaning, so this is touching, especially coming from someone who writes so beautifully.

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  2. Gardening is certainly a lesson in patience and expectations.
    Love,
    Christy

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    1. Hi Christy,

      Yes, it truly is. I think it truly rolls over into life.

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  3. Happy Birthday to your Mom! Quite a milestone!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I will pass on the message....although she does tune in so she will probably see this!

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  4. I'd love to know the kind of camera you got to try out! Lovely photos!

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    1. The Canon Rebel...I will check the model.Thanks!

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  5. Your photos and words are once again wonderful.

    I am in love with the colorful flowers in the cans.

    My garden is slowly recovering from Lulu's first weeks. Now that we take her to run on wet sand twice a day, she no longer tears up the flowers.

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    1. Thanks Carol. That darned can is so versatile for the seasons! Glad to hear Lulu is on the beach...I know how much you and your husband enjoy having her there. Glad about the garden too!

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  6. It must be FUN to live on a farm where you can see things grow and push to live just a tad longer in this weather....your images are just gorgeous my dear Monica, and I wish you a perfect New England day. Anita

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    1. I am ever the encourager Anita!! You have a perfect day as well!

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  7. Dear Monica,
    I like your photos! I have a canon camera too. It is a good brand I think.
    Autumn is just starting to makes its presence felt here as well - but only just. One sees a yellow leaf or two, but that is all at present.
    I do like a garden, albeit vicariously, through your blog!
    Bye for now
    Kirk

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    1. Hi Kirk! You know I keep threatening to put you to work here!!!!

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    2. I'll send AGA. He loves working in the garden. I am the one who comes along and says encouraging words, provides cups of tea, and sometimes attempts to give instructions. And I'm rather good at weeding.

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    3. Ha! Careful Kirk, I will have you weeding in no time!

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  8. Monica,
    I had the car heat on a couple times this week - getting nippy! So sad to say goodbye to friends in the garden, but will look forward to their return next spring. Yes, patience, indeed! A belated happy 79th to your mother.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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    1. Hi Loi! Yes a nippy morning or two. I think I used the heat in the car one day last week as well. I try to hold off on the house heat until as late as possible...perhaps when we start to see our breath indoors? Just kdiding....October will be time enough. Thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  9. PS - Love your autumn arrangement - beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Loi...whipped those up in between school and my mom's birthday dinner....now KariAnne at Thistlewood has encouraged me on her lovely blog to make a wreath as well!

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  10. You just capture and create beauty, ND!

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    1. FB you are so kind and encouraging. Always appreciated!

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  11. I am in love with the glorious colors bursting forth from the rusty old watering can !!
    Beautiful pics. ;)
    Rose

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    1. Thanks so much! They sure do showcase fall!

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  12. This is such a beautiful and inspiring post. I love your Dahlia pics. We have a late growing season up in MI, as well. The joke is our "spring" wild flowers come out in August! My pumpkin crop was a failure this year. I'm so glad you have 2 from your garden to decorate your stairs.

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    1. Thanks so much! I would like to try planting or sowing wild flowers this fall for the spring. It's amazing how crops can do so well one year and horrible the next. Glad I do not depend on it for a living.

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  13. So glad ypu got your dahlias!!!! I know the feeling when things just aren't going like you thought they should...Then, we realize we've learned something along the way and it's okay after all. :)

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  14. My dad puts in dahlias every
    year and I've been tempted, but
    here in MN I would have to dig
    them up each year. I guess I
    don't have the same patience that
    you do, sweet friend! Your gardens
    look amazing. We've had knock-out
    weather and are green and lush, as
    well, with the signs of autumn just
    starting to make themselves known.

    Thank you for the kindness
    and support you offered in your
    last comment--I so appreciated
    it, and you.

    xo Suzanne

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    1. Yes, we dig them up too Suzanne, but it only takes 5 minutes. Then we throw them in a shoebox with sawdust til spring. They are worth the effort. Really no more work than planting bulbs. So sorry about your sweet friend. She is at peace now. She was very lucky to have your love in her lifetime.

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