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Indian Summer

October 21st, 2009

Indian Summer [in-dee-uhn suhm-er] an informal expression given to a period of sunny, warm weather in autumn in the northern hemisphere, typically in late October or early November, after the leaves have turned but before the first snowfall.
Since we seem to be having our indian summer here in NE Ohio, I’ve been putting in some much needed time getting gardening chores finished up. Yesterday I spent the afternoon emptying pots and stacking them to dry a bit. They’ll all be moved into the garage for winter storage today or tomorrow (depending on the weather).
As much as I don’t really want to see winter come, I do welcome the down time in winter. Fall preparations remind me how much I need a break from all the activity. A gardener needs to have some time off just like the garden does. I love the seasons of gardening in the north, each for what it offers. Spring is a time of excitement, Summer for bounty, Fall for comfort and Winter for rest.

How would you describe each of the seasons you experience in your area of the world?

18 Comments to “Indian Summer”
  1. ruralrose on October 21, 2009 at 5:39 am

    I can so see your blog as a magazine, your pictures are wonderful. Seasons here in southern BC are wet, cold, wet, and very hot! Awesome blog, peace for all

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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 9:35 am

      Thanks. When we lived in Colombia out seasons were wet and dry and hot.

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  2. Patti on October 21, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I follow you blog everyday. Ruralrose is right, your pictures are fabulous! You provide inspiration and organization. Keep up the great work! I garden in central/northeast PA.

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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 9:35 am

      Thanks so much. You have pretty much the same season as we do then. PA is a beautiful state!

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  3. pam on October 21, 2009 at 7:43 am

    So that’s how you do it. My method is to leave them sitting on the steps and walls and walkways and then they freeze and crack and become yard art and then I have to buy more.
    .-= pam´s last blog ..Garden Tuesday – You Know What Fall Means?? =-.

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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 9:26 am

      I’ve had a few cracked pots. I do have a few plastic ones that I leave out, but I really cherish my terra-cotta so I lovingly empty them and bring them all in.

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  4. Dave on October 21, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Your description for the seasons is right on. I would add maybe fall for harvest and winter for planning.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Greenhouse Project: Beginning the Framing =-.

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  5. KitsapFG on October 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I think your descriptions are apt. Fall brings a certain sense of urgency because of the impending “lean season” of food production. It is akin to “nesting” in pregnant women. I feel the need to have the larders full, the home maintenance atended to, wood in the pile (dry and split) and winter crops growing to supplement the preserved foods. Once achieved, one can truly do the “resting” part of the winter season.

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  6. Amy on October 21, 2009 at 11:04 am

    It’s going to be 73 degrees as the high for today and it is gorgeous out!


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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      That’s what it’s supposed to be here as well, today and tomorrow. I’m planning on spending most of the day out in the garden cleaning, planting some perennials and my garlic.

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  7. MAYBELLINE on October 21, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Spring (2 weeks)
    Hell (about 6 months)
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Fall =-.

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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

      That’s funny!

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  8. the inadvertent farmer on October 21, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Lovely photos! Spring…wet. Summer…gorgeous. Fall…wet. Winter…wet. Then again I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have wet and then summer, those are our two seasons! Kim
    .-= the inadvertent farmer´s last blog ..The Great Grape Harvest! =-.

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  9. Pampered Mom on October 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    So far Summer and Fall have been quite cold. I’ve turned the furnace on earlier this year than I remember doing before. Then this week (starting Saturday) it got a bit warmer with temps somewhere in the low to mid 60s. Today…it’s 71!! It feels like a heat wave. Our cats have been quite disappointed as of late that there are no open doors or windows to sit in – they’re having a field day today. Freaking out a little bit about the falling leaves (lol), but enjoying it so very much.

    Tomorrow’s back down in the low 50s and it only goes down from there, but I’m going to enjoy this as long as it lasts!
    .-= Pampered Mom´s last blog .."Help! I fell down!" =-.

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    • Susy on October 21, 2009 at 3:48 pm

      Our cats are loving these last few warms days because we have the windows open.

      We had to turn on our furnace much earlier than usual this year as well.

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  10. Lynn on October 21, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    We have beautiful weather here still but had quite the down pour last week which became the biggest in the San Francisco Bay Area’s history.

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  11. stefaneener on October 21, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I’m in the same area as Lynn. We have true four season growing, but winter is wet and therefore much more weedy, of all things. It’s a typical Mediterranean climate — wet winter and spring, dry summer, dry fall. Easy to garden in, and we don’t get a full “break,” it just changes pace some.

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  12. annie avery on October 22, 2009 at 9:07 am

    i am in the southern part of new york state, we get the full force of all the seasons. this fall has been pretty normal, even the snow in october, which has been absent these last few years. to me, it’s a normal part of the slow process transitioning to winter. and i love that the soil has yet to freeze until late december around here, which is wonderful for the people who have live trees for christmas; they can be planted right away.

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