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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hope

 
 
Many of the leaves have fallen from the trees but there's still some beauty left on the ground.
 
 
So pretty, it's difficult not to love autumn!

This too will soon be just a memory.


Looking up, I saw the dogwood ready to shed it's leaves.  Even as the dogwood prepares for dormancy, the buds for next springs flowers are visible.  There's hope that the light will return and spring will come again.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -

I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.

                  Emily Dickenson
Hold on to hope all, spring isn't that far off!

35 comments:

  1. Winter has its own charm too but yes, spring isn't that far off!

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    1. O.K. since you said that, I'll enjoy winter! ;)

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  2. I love that on some trees and perennials too, you can see next year's preparations already. Buds on trees, and clusters of basal foliage under the old flower stems. Maple leaves have always been my absolute favorite for stunning fall color.

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    1. It's very sweet! I also love maples and sweet gums because they hold their foliage so much longer than lots of other trees.

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  3. All those maple leaves must have been beautiful on the trees but there is something magical when they stay on the ground that way. I have a similar picture with sycamore leaves resting over duckweed or something similar. Enjoy the dogwood, beautiful colours!

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    1. You're right, they're gorgeous on the ground too!

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  4. I guess I view it from a much different perspective...
    "Embrace this season and the beauties within for it only comes but once a year." ~ me :)
    And I should add... isn't it so cool the way it rotates when we begin to grow tired of it?
    Love your leaves. I do love Autumn... and Winter... and Spring... and Summer.

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    1. You are right, Carolyn, every season is special and I love them all but here where we have rain, clouds, fog, wind, rain, clouds, rain, and the occasional sun break (did I mention rain) from October through July 4, the warm dry months of July, August and September are very dear.

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  5. I was just admiring the buds on the edgeworthias yesterday, thinking much the same thing. Still no hard frost here, how about there?

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    1. No frost here yet. I'm hoping that it will wait until after thanksgiving as it's always fun to have a musa basjoo big enough to walk under when relatives from colder climates come to visit.

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  6. Sometimes the fallen leaves look better on the green grass then they ever did on the tree! And thus provide a new opportunity for snapping beautiful pictures!

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    1. I never tire of looking at autumn leaves!

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  7. I'm looking at a good solid four month os being hopeful. It will go by fast-it always does.

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    1. Months seem to fly by these days! Crazy.

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  8. Nice parting shots. How would we ever do all the holiday stuff if we were still al wrapped up in our gardens?

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    1. You're right as always Ricki but I bet we'd find a way to do both if we lived in a year round gardening sort of climate.

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  9. The range of colors in the leaves are beautiful. It won't be too long until we see those blooms.

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    1. You're right, it won't be long at all! I'll have to post a picture of the tree in bloom!

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  10. Love the fallen leaves...I don't care how old I am, I still love tromping through them...hearing them rustling underfoot :-)

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    1. I agree. Also love the smell of the leaves!

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  11. Hi Peter sorry I haven't visited you for a while. These photo's are so bright and colourful so cheery on your autumn day. Enjoy your wonderful Autumn weather and the break from gardening during the Winter months. Best Wishes K.

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    1. Hi Karen! So nice to hear from you again. I miss your posts but know that you'll be back at it when and if the time is right. Hope all is well with you!

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  12. Thanks for the hope! I agree--it's hard not to like autumn with all its bright colors.

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  13. Seeing dripping-wet fall foliage is really something for me, and brings back a few fall trips outta this dusty place to your area. Al Fresco loves it as much as good coffee, salmon and microbrews...and your pics bring back the scents of those things, under your rain-washed chilly air!

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    1. You're always welcome to come back to the wet side. (That sounded a little odd.)

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  14. Yes, the beauty of autumn is in its color, but also in those buds that hold the promise of renewal.

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  15. Your fall is still pretty, Peter. Here all leaves were collected in compost after a lot of rain. I love this poem, it goes well with your photos!
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed them my friend and I hope you have a nice weekend, too.

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  16. Also on Spicebush you can currently see the tiny yellow buds that will open in early spring. A comforting sight.

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  17. The fall color is special, but I am in rebellion and making my own little spring by starting seeds under lights. Little seedlings bursting forth make things exciting for me again. I hope they are not overwhelming in a few months before I can set them out.

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    1. Sounds wonderful. You do such a great job with starting things from seed! (Does that make you seedy?)

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