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Quote of the Day: Autumn

September 30th, 2012

Sometimes we find autumn a melancholy season. What we had eagerly anticipated a mere six months before–the first snowdrops, hosts of daffodils, a garden drenched with the scent of roses, the first fresh peas–has passed so quickly. And what lies ahead are shorter days, cold winds, snow and ice, a world bereft of color.

Joe Eck & Wayne Winterrowd (Our Life in Gardens)

I certainly can’t believe it’s late September already. This summer flew by, a whirlwind of packing, remodeling, paperwork, jobs and gardening thrown in during whatever time I could find in between. The reward has arrived, we get to enjoy autumn at our new property in Maine.

Yesterday morning we took a long hike back to the wetlands. It was a misty gray morning, just perfect for viewing fall colors. I always think the colors look so much more saturated and bright when they’re wet.

Often I find myself being sad that the gardening season is over come this time of year, but this year I am not. I’m looking forward to the long restful winter ahead. I look forward to cozying up by the fire with a few of my favorite gardening reads to find inspiration for this new space.

We are thankful that the timing for our move ended up like it did. Moving in autumn at the end of the gardening season was perfect. It’s much easier to close the book on the old when it comes with the natural seasonal cycles. Autumn is a time for slowing down and enjoying the fruits of your labor. We plan to do just that!

Do you find yourself with mixed emotions during the changes of the seasons?

9 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Autumn”
  1. Adelina Anderson on September 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Love the weather now. Not a big fan of the summer, fall is my favorite. Hope to plant some garlic bulbs this week.

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  2. Songbirdtiff on September 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

    Normally I am not too eager for winter but after moving, gardening, and garemodeling this house, I am very ready for a break. Short days and cooler temperatures can’t come soon enough.

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  3. Erika on September 30, 2012 at 8:52 am

    “It’s much easier to close the book on the old when it comes with the natural seasonal cycles.” That about sums up our moving experience this summer too. But there is soooo much work ahead inside that I feel like we can’t relax much. You have beautiful wetlands to enjoy.

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  4. Corrie on September 30, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I love each season in its turn, and anticipate each one greatly. But autumn certainly brings on memories, melancholy, wistfulness, and sometimes regrets. I love it for the beauty, and am saddened by it at the same time.

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  5. Kathi Cook on September 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

    All summer I was worried about how sad I would when we had to close up our new cottage for the first time in Oct. I was surprised to find that when the time actually came,I am not sad at all and am ready to simplify my life by just maintaining one house for the winter instead of two. It is amazing how easy it is to accept when it is part of the natural seasonal cycle. I too am looking forward to slowing down and relaxing this winter. Enjoy this beautiful autumn in your new surroundings!

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  6. sharon on September 30, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    we so long for this in florida..our fall come in december and January..beautiful

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  7. Liz J on September 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I just always find autumn difficult, because I so much love the growing season. But ~ the older I get, I do find that I appreciate the “off season” months to rest and relax, after growing and harvesting food, and putting it all up. I was feeling tired and lazy today, so spent about 4 hours on the deck off and on, reading a great book, and watching the weather, geese on the water, and gorgeous colors of Fall. The hummingbirds are gone, and I miss Summer already. Time to accustom myself to the change I can’t control. I love New England, but wish the Winter months weren’t so darn long and cold. Already thinking of what I want to grow in the garden next year :) I hope and know you are loving your new “home”. So very happy for you both, and will really, really enjoy watching your blog of new adventures…I certainly have so far. Have fun!

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  8. Chris on October 4, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Always, mixed emotions at this time of the year! Corrie says it perfectly!!

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  9. Laila on October 11, 2012 at 6:54 am

    This year I am really not looking forward to the coming seasons, our house is still not finished and we live in a temp home. Last winter was a horror with frozen pipes and all but hopefully next fall we will be able to enjoy autumn and winter from our new home.

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