Tuesday, September 15, 2015

AUTUMN'S A'COMIN':  My Favorite Season!

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OCTOBER, BAPTIZE WITH LEAVES!  SWADDLE ME IN CORDUROY AND NURSE ME WITH SPLIT PEA SOUP.  OCTOBER, TUCK TINY CANDY BARS IN MY POCKETS AND CARVE MY SMILE INTO A THOUSAND PUMPKINS.  O AUTUMN!  O TEAKETTLE!  O GRACE!  - R. Rowell

I LOVE AUTUMN, THE ONE SEASON OF THE YEAR THAT GOD SEEMED TO HAVE PUT THERE JUST FOR THE BEAUTY OF IT - Lee Maynard


Sunflowers are usually tall annuals, some to 8 foot tall.  They bear many wide flower heads with bright yellow florets on the outside and maroon seeds on the inside.  They tilt towards the sun when young but generally face east when they mature.  

I no longer plant a garden, much cheaper and a lot less effort to buy it from the Miller family, Amish farmers.  When I did plant a garden, however, I'd always plant four rows of 8 foot sunflowers.  They would brighten up the entire lakeside lot.  Now, I only plant a five foot variety to please my wife.

AUTUMN IS THE MELLOWER SEASON, AND WHAT WE LOSE IN FLOWERS WE MORE THAN GAIN IN FRUITS - Samuel Butler


In the hills, sedums are called Live Forevers.  Pink ones line our front sidewalk and bronze ones surround the fountain in the back yard.  When the sedums are in bloom, summer is over and fall is here.  They are the perfect plant.  From the time their small spikes push up through the frozen spring earth until their bloom welcomes autumn, they bring cheer to our life.

NO SPRING NOR SUMMER BEAUTY HATH SUCH GRACE AS I HAVE SEEN IN ONE AUTUMNAL FACE - John Donne

We miss the fall colors when we spend Octobers at the beach.  The trees are just starting to change a wee bit on the way down the last day in September but are mostly all gone when we return the first day in November.  Of course, there is the brown of the oaks and a bit of the yellow of the ash, but mostly the trees are bare.

I'D RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF, THAN BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION  (One Of Many Favored Thoreau Quotes)


Once we get out of the mountains of North Carolina and enter the plains country of South Carolina, the hard wood forests are gone, replaced by pine forests growing in sandy soil.  I do love the beach, I love the waters, whether it is rivers, lakes or ocean or simply a creek where I catch small catfish.  I would hate to live all the time, however, without the forests in which I grew up, enjoying the oaks, maples, ash and gum trees, with squirrels in the beech and hickories.


IT LOOKED LIKE THE WORLD WAS COVERED IN A COBBLER CRUST OF BROWN SUGAR AND CINNAMON - Sarah Allen



MAY YOUR LIFE BE BLESSED WITH MANY COLORS

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

GOD BLESS AMERICA

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