“Successful gardening is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, the way it ought to be done, whether you want to do it or not.” ~ Jerry Baker
Good morning, dear friends. I hope this finds you well and enjoying the last days of summer. Autumn will officially arrive Thursday, September 22, 2022. I don’t know about you, but for me, life seems to get really busy in the fall. My mind becomes a little cluttered thinking of what is ahead. Therefore, out comes my trusty tablet and I begin to make my ‘to do’ list. As the season moves along my list will change as I mark things from the list.
“If you tickle the earth with a hoe, she laughs with a harvest.” ~ Douglas William Jerrold
The first, rather large and time-consuming activity, is telling the garden, ” Enjoy your sleep, dear friend.” “And, thank you for your amazing beauty.” Depending on where you live, this will require your attention anywhere from September to the first part of November. Your dear friend will let you know when she is ready for her long sleep. She will look tired and a little weary. That time is now in North Central West Virginia. The peonies need to be cut back (62 of them), pots need to be emptied and placed in the garage, grass seed needs spreading, and plants need to be checked to see if they are healthy. And perhaps add a little food to carry them through the winter. Also, should you be unhappy or your plant is unhappy with its current home, now is the time to give them a new home.
This is a job that “needs to be done, whether you want to do it or not.” However, when this job is complete, a gardener’s heart always sings.
“I can see the woods in their autumn dress, the oaks purple, the hickories washed with gold, the maples and the sumacs luminous with crimson fires.” ~ Mark Twain
In October, the leaves begin to dance. They are such a happy sight as they float down from the trees and dance along the streets and yards. However, happy as they appear, they have to be raked. A job many do not enjoy, but depending on the weather and one’s mindset, raking leaves can turn into special memories.
“November comes and November goes, with the last red berries and the first white snows. With night coming early, and dawn coming late, and ice in the bucket, and frost at the gate. The fires burn and the kettles sing, and earth sinks to rest until next spring.” ~ Clyde Watson
November has always been a favorite month of mine. Perhaps, it is because of Thanksgiving, which I love. But to me, it seems so special to have a day set aside to count our blessings. No matter how large or small, we all have blessings we can count. Often they are right in front of us and we may not see them, but they are there. And to me, I count our home as a special blessing. I always like to give her a thorough cleaning, especially before the Christmas Decorations emerge from their hiding places.
In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning.” ~ Cynthia Ryland
“The days are getting colder, have a warm heart.” ~ Unknown
In closing, dear friends, as you can see I am speaking about busy times from late September through November. I haven’t included everything whirling about in my head, such as wee gifts to make for neighbors and friends, special gifts for those we love, or cards to be written. However, it is time for these things to be in our thoughts, not to mention the little touches we all do ~ unique only to us.
Please know, I am not mentioning thoughts about December and Christmas. That, my friends, is for another day. Because we must savor the glorious moments of autumn. We mustn’t find ourselves in a crazy whirl and miss the beauty of the season.
Know, I wish you and yours a beautiful day and an autumn full of golden moments.
“Autumn is the hush before winter.” ~ French Proverb