Beyond the mossy trees there resides a little white cottage… full of charm, cozy, and peacefully nested in a magical forest of privets. I am so glad to be here. So thankful to be back and delighted like a little girl full of wonder. For I have missed our home immensely…
Wisconsin, with fields and fields of Queen Ann’s lace last month, then it was Idaho, San Diego, this weekend Tennessee with its lovely rolling hills and green green country roads and little white houses… then on Tuesday, NY and then North Carolina. I’ve been traveling so much this summer I’ve almost lost my sense of time… where has summer gone?
Ephemeral, evanescent, vanishing, volatile—that’s how I describe my little world these days, and a garden surrounded by vaporous sunlit woods that some how it appears to be a different place than it once was, just a few weeks ago.
We don’t have the extreme season changes that typically belong to those September days of the North, but I can already see the quiet changes taking place in the southern season; changes in the wind shifting directions, changes in the sounds in Nature; somewhat muffled, quieter, subdued if you may, and I can read the secrets trees hold in leaves that are already starting to lose their youthful zest… and how the natural world, too, watches us in return committing our progress and the season of our lives to wild and fragrant memories.
What surprises me more than anything is this sense of rush growing inside me… this need of preparedness, of bringing in little treasures to the protection of the insides...
Potted flowers, the gentle geraniums and sensible ferns and to begin the accustomed task of pruning and protecting… oh this strange and deep-rooted sense of impending doom the winter gifts us with up North…
To get the garden and oneself ready for the despondent long months ahead, as if winter here would come crashing upon our heels, when in fact we still have a few more months of delight…
And such delight it is right now… for how wonderful the change in climate, and how wonderful the cooler breezes as the intense heat succumbs and the garden gets fill again with birds of every color… how delightful it feels working out there again.
From my voyages I’d brought a few new friends to the pond...
But today I saw the first live resident—a brown medium sized frog whom upon sensing my presence leaped away to hide behind the Mandeville vine.
And then there are the goldfish… 15 goldfish have been let free to make our pond their home. They scattered away the minute we put them in the water and went to hide amidst the Pickerel Rush, and Water lettuce roots. We were told they will not keep the small size they are right now for too long. They will grow, and grow fast. So I’m hoping to be able to see them again soon some day.
Oh it is so good to see you again,
even if you’re kind of invisible behind my screen.
And I hope you’d remember that out there
within the grasp of our imagination there is a magical forest...
I'll meet you there.
Your garden is stunning. Mine looks like crap, due to the drought. I don't even want to go outside and do anything. It looks so pitiful. I have lost all interest, plus it is 104 here today. To hot to go outside, so I look out my window at my terrible looking garden.ReplyDelete
I am sure being in Florida you will have a lovely garden all year round. Sounds like you had a wonderful summer traveling all around.
Have a wonderful week in your "Special Garden".
Oh Mary you always make me laugh... really. Laugh out loud... You’re funny and I know that if I was to share life with you as my friend I’d be laughing my way through it all the way…. You have a special gift. :) :) Thanks.Delete
Welcome Home..There's no place like home. I have been loving the colors in your headers lately Very pretty. Shhhh......see you in the forest .ReplyDelete
OK... I'll be looking for you there! Bring the cookies ;)Delete
I love how you change your Header!!!ReplyDelete
I do that also.
I really can't imagine how people who blog, do not. :-)
But I know... We are each individuals. Who do our own thing. As it should be.
But me! I have to change my Header! Just have to! ,-) I'm always coming across some new and delightful piece of art... Or a photo of my own...
And simply...... It's fun for me.
Tessa... Guess that's a normal thing when you are the creative type of soul... all the beauty in the world is too much to be kept inside our hearts... it has to flow... it has to come forth... it has to inspire and inspire others... that's why we're always changing our header... it reveals the way we're feeling, what we're sensing and experiencing... ;)Delete
Your garden is so pretty...I also like how you change your header. Here in Ohio this past week has become quite chilly and I think frost is coming soon which will take my lovely annuals. Hubby needs to prepare our woodburner next weekend so we can get it going again. I enjoy the colors here in fall but I always have this nagging dread of winters cold winds coming. Out in the country, far back in a long driveway things can get pretty rough about January. Oh well, we should have a few more days of warmth left. Again, love your blog...take care.ReplyDelete
"Out in the country, far back in a long driveway" sounds magical to me. Oh do enjoy all the magic to be enfolded on those wintery days...Delete
What a lovely post, I love your words and your pictures. Yes, Autumn is upon us already!!ReplyDelete
Hi Dear Jacqui... Autumn, another of my favorite season...Delete
I love your post today! I don't feel the sense of coming doom until about November in South Carolina. Summer is holding on tight! I can relate to taking trips and then coming back and touching base with my yard, even the toads!ReplyDelete
Yes, I agree with the ‘trips’ part, but oh just a few days out can mean havoc for the gardener… so much to do, so much weeds to pull out, so much…. Ouch! ;)Delete
This is quite lovely. You know how to create the magic with your creative touches, your photos and your words.ReplyDelete
It is a lot of fun to travel, but it is oh, so good to come home! Dearest and I will be taking a short vacation to Savannah tomorrow - I am so looking forward to it. His job will require extra longer hours for a time and I do look forward to our times together. You'll love the subtle changes in our southern autumn - Dogwoods should be showing their changes first - then the rest will come - I'm thinking of overwintering my geraniums - hopefully will have a greenhouse before winter comes! They're predicting that we'll have a similar winter to last years. I know now to protect better my Hydrangeas - they were most affected. I hope all is well and peaceful in your corner of the world!ReplyDelete
For some unknown reason, I came over to your blog and THERE YOU ARE...:)ReplyDelete
I see you still love your garden....and you still have your imagination. :)