How quickly the seasons of the year, and our lives pass!
The days of summer came and went far more quickly than even a blink of an eye! My garden produced bounteous amounts of vegetables, herbs, and berries.
The enjoyment of days spent outside in the sunshine are remembered with sweet fondness now as Fall and Winter have both arrived simultaneously.
I am now in the process of putting the garden to sleep for the winter, as Summer has passed. In this post, I'll share with you the bounteous joys the summer season brought to us, enjoyed immensely to the fullest, and now just a sweet memory in our hearts with the arrival of the next seasons at hand...
|Many summer evenings, my husband and I rode the quad down to the river and went for an evening swim. |
It was a perfect way to cool off during those few precious days of hot weather!
|My garden fairly shone with the abundance of blooms I had planted, all of them were started in the dead of winter and babied in my greenhouse until I planted them in early June.|
|I continued making glass plates this summer, and found a few local stores who have sold many of them for me.|
It is a fun way to showcase beautiful china that otherwise sits dusty on a shelf!
|Having all the sunshine they needed made such a difference for my plants, |
and I saw the greatest harvest I've ever had this year because of that.
|One more thing I changed up this year was the amount of compost/peat moss/straw that I put out over the entire garden. All of it together combined with the extra sunshine allowed my garden to produce an outstanding harvest gifting!|
|During harvest season I would pick my tomatoes as they began to ripen, placing them in trays in my greenhouse to hurry the process along. It has been an incredible year of tomato harvesting!|
|At the peak of late summer season, these gorgeous marigolds, black-eyed susans, zinnias and cosmos bloomed until it made my heart almost burst with joy to see it.|
|Since tomatoes don't ripen here all at once, this has become the easiest process for me to can the tomatoes as they ripen.|
|Let the salsa making commence!|
|Early that morning Jack Frost visited and left his icy mark, while Winter showed up later that afternoon.|
|In their last glorious moments of blooming delight, |
the frost crowned them with icy delights.
|Then Winter arrived, and the blanket of snow quieted the earth with its abundance on September 28th.|
|Trees were damaged with the snow that this early on trees who are not prepared for the weight of snow on their leaves cannot support that weight. Our Blazing Red Maple lost two lower limbs because of the weight of the snow.|
|One of my glass plates coated in snow's icy embrace.|
|Under the burden of the snow, still the colors of my garden did their best to shine.|
Seasons Through My Garden’s Gate
During the long months of Winter
planning ensues with great anticipation
for days filled with Summer's grandeur.
Garden bed designs, blooms envisioned
Bulbs, seeds and plant starts
As my garden journal bulges.
Then Spring arrives in dizzying moments of perfume
Waltzing along those busy days of awakening soil and budding blooms
Always a splendid hurrying in anticipation of Summer’s rays.
Soon Summer arrives in warm waves of breathless splendor
Weaving itself gracefully onto each sunlit day
as pearls that slip by on a golden strand.
Until one day - in a blink of an eye - Summer has vanished
and Fall and Winter, hand-in-hand
stand before the garden's gate.
Fall's colorful adorning beckons adoringly
while Winter in his icy attire swaggers through the gate
Their arrival together a bittersweet surprise.
I bid them both entrance,
for what can one do when they both arrive together
Sharing a welcome meant only for one?
I shall whisper kindly to Winter
It's not nice to steal Fall's thunder,
Do return at your given time.
Soon Fall's fallen splendor will need you, Winter,
with your glorious bridal showers
of white to grace the fallen leaves upon the earth.
There will be barren limbs swinging in the breeze
Frozen ground dried and brown
Desiring of adornment in your sparkling white attire.
But Winter with a snooty glance
barrels through the garden gate
covering the earth in his icy breaths of white.
Fall, bewildered, mournfully waits
Until Winter's wrath subsides
And then gently smiles as sunshine melts the white.
Winter leaves with nary a backward glance
Muttering under his frigid breath,
I will be back…. I will be back…. I will be back.
Fall smiles as Winter rushes away
And gently beckons my eyes to see
Her golden delights spread so willingly.
I wander the garden and mourn its loss
As Winter has left and Fall has brought frost
Yet sunlight shares its golden powers
And once more I rest in complete assurance
That while the delights of Spring and Summer have passed on by
Fall's golden and Winter's white will now suffice.
|Thankfully the snow melted within a few days and Fall has been able to linger a bit longer.|
In my next post, I'll share some of the beauty of Fall days here in Idaho, even as the weatherman forecasts for snow this week, and it seems that Winter is rather anxious this year to arrive.
One can fuss and complain about the weather, but that won't change it.
What we can do is to accept whatever comes, and make the best of it.
And so each day that comes
I am grateful beyond measure
for each and every blessing
that is abundantly bestowed upon me!
for all things
unto God and the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.