Sunday, October 23, 2011

"Begin the hours of this day slow"

Gardening and blogging time have been in short supply over the last few weeks.  My fall garden "to-do" list is still very long!  There isn't enough daylight at the end of my work days and the weekends have been full.  As we approach the end of October, night falls earlier and earlier each day.  Soon I will drive off to work just as the sun is rising and drive home in the dark.   I'll miss the late fall afternoons with the sun shining through the trees and casting long shadows on the grass.
 My quick morning walk through the garden to take in the color of the fall bloomers is 
precious when the daylight hours are short.
And when I encounter a  visiting Monarch, as I did this morning, it becomes even more precious.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow. 
from "October" by Robert Frost


Carolyn at This Grandmother's Garden has invited gardeners to join her in walking in the Autumn air and sharing what they see.  I'm linking up with her today - please click over and enjoy the Autumn beauty.

14 comments:

PlantPostings said...

Sad, but true. I've been feeling the same way. Great captures of the autumn leaves with the afternoon sun filtering through!

Karen said...

This is the hardest time of year for me, not wanting to part with summer and yet knowing I have to. And it's so hard to live in almost perpetual darkness, I remember those days of driving to and fro in the dark, too. Love your pictures, the light is magical.

FlowerLady said...

Love the autumn colors and shadows. All your flowers are lovely too and that is a great shot with the butterfly.

FlowerLady

Carolyn ♥ said...

Robert Frost's words mirror what's in my heart this morning... tomorrow will be our first hard freeze and I'm already mourning. Your Autumn blooms are beautiful.. don't forget to add your thumbnail to the Autumn Walk Challenge.

Cat said...

Such a timely reminder to slow down some and appreciate the beauty of fall. Your gardens are so peaceful this time of year...simply beautiful.

Donna said...

The out in the dark, back in the dark commute is what I dread about fall. It is coming too fast and I have precious little time in the garden as well. I had a couple of monarchs visiting this weekend...they are late leaving and I only hope that means good weather...I think not...

scottweberpdx said...

So very true...I really hate leaving AND coming home in the dark. I just want to enjoy every last minute with the garden before winter hits!

HolleyGarden said...

Oh, I hate it when the days get so short there is hardly time to enjoy them. Your gardens are still beautiful. Great blooms! Love the long shadows.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

You're fortunate to have beautiful fall foliage, at the same time your garden is still blooming. Fall really is too fleeting, I agree. Although the days shorten slowly, it seems to be getting darker so much earlier now. I think I'm in denial about the upcoming clock changes...I'm just not ready!

beangenie said...

What glorious colours - warm enough for the memory to last through dark mornings, perhaps? - and that Monarch butterfyl is just fantastic. Sigh...

Alistair said...

Sometimes it can be hard to appreciate the Autumn as our minds are so set on the coming Winter. I always think by the time January arrives Spring is not so very far off, hmm, maybe this is wishing my life away. Your garden looks beautiful at the moment. I am adding a picture of it and a link to your blog on my (Your Gardens) page, if you dont want this, let me know and I will remove it.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Oh, I hear ya. I'm behind on many chores and I wish the sun wouldn't set so early in the evening. However! I do love autumn. I'll have to pay Carolyn a visit and see if she'll let me participate -- on a horse. :)) I like it better when the horsie is doing the walkin'

Gorgeous pics!

Sheila said...

The slanting fall light is magical! Appreciate, appreciate, fall whispers. Time is precious.

Giga said...

A motylkowi brak dobrego światła nie przeszkadzał, no i dobrze, bo upiększył jesienny ogród. Pozdrawiam