“Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” ~Benjamin Franklin
This Wednesday is another Word for Wednesday (W4W) with Donna@Garden Walk, Garden Talk, and the word for the week is ephemeral or fleeting; short-lived. How absolutely perfect a word to describe fall in the Northeast United States (NE US) and the fall garden here.
In the blink of an eye it has come and gone. The fall of warm days and cool nights seems to be so short-lived…gone now.
The nights are down right cold and freezing. While the days may warm to 50, the wind is howling and the wet snow is flying. This is our fall. The traditional fall weather is definitely ephemeral. All we have at this point in Autumn in my NE garden are memories. You just have to look at the picture above to see a memory of what was a beautiful dahlia blooming away until the first freeze hit late last week. It’s green stems turned black and its petals resembling paper or onion skin.
As a gardener in the NE US, many of our plants lives are now brief…those that survive will eventually fall to winter’s snow and cold to wait for warm spring to come again. Pictured throughout are a few glimpses into my ephemeral garden…some gone, some almost gone.
This Japanese anemone is barely hanging on. Still blooming in sheltered areas.
The pond is going into its slumber. You can see blossoms of purple aster and orange mums in the background with white gaura still blooming in the foreground. The pump has been removed and the frogs have gone under the mud for their long nap.
I am not kidding myself these days. Our fall is going into its pre-winter phase where it looks and feels more like winter than fall. The calendar says fall, but the weather is definitely winterish if not downright winter. The clocks here will fall back an hour this coming weekend, and while I will now see the sunrise as I leave for work, I will be seeing dusk and dark when I drive home.
Within a few short weeks, I will be driving to and from work in the dark. And during the daylight hours during fall, we see more gray days instead of sunshine. This is the time of year I dread. So much gray and darkness. We start to suffer withdrawals from the lack of sunlight…such an ephemeral thing now. It can get downright depressing if we don’t make an effort to thwart these gray feelings.
Many people begin a long hibernation hiding indoors. I for one am determined to not hide myself away this fall and winter. I have been hiding away for a long time, and have just discovered my light. So I don’t want to hide anymore or use weather as an excuse. It’s easy to do; hiding. We all do it at one time or another. Hiding though is different than going inward for a time to heal or rest. No this hiding is hard to reverse once you start.
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”~Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote from Emerson is so appropriate. With sunshine being ephemeral for us now, I can’t afford to stand in the shadows. And so as our dark days fall upon us, I am working on shining my light more to ensure it is not fleeting. I will be writing more-details on that below.
I will begin my experiment with indoor gardening growing greens and herbs. I plan to work on furthering my education in the areas of design and gardening. Lots of books to catch up on. I will be revamping my business plan, and considering a new look for the blog. And in the health arena, I plan on healthier eating and more exercise despite the darkness and weather.
I am determined this time of year to begin the subtle changes. I recently saw a Ted Talks video on Beth@Plant Postings blog. It gave me a boost to start a 30 Day Challenge. I hope to do as many of these challenges as I can within the coming months. I will be writing about the challenge in an upcoming post.
Announcing Gardens Eye Verse:
As a way to continue to creatively write, I have decided to add my own poems to some posts. I do so love to write poetry. It keeps my brain thinking, creating and playing with words. I will highlight the original poems the first Monday of every month. I hope to have others perhaps join in and post their own verses. There are some I know who already do post their own original poetry. I haven’t decided if it will be any type of linking meme, but maybe. To wet your whistle, here is a little poem I wrote recently while thinking about the coming of fall….
As October skies diminish their light,
Flower beds begin to pull their covers tight.
Bid farewell to Susan and Petunia hanging low-
As we greet Pansy and Rose still rising with the snow.
1. I will have a new post at Beautiful Wildlife Gardens this coming Saturday (always the first Saturday of the month). I will be blogging about my trip through the bog at Beaver Lake Nature Center.
2. I will be doing a special post about the book, The Moment I Knew, in November. This is part of the The Moment I Knew World Wide Blog Tour! If you have had the chance to read the book, I would love to hear your feedback.
3. Also as part of the The Moment I Knew World Wide Blog Tour, my friend and author, Marcia Richards, will be interviewing me for her blog, Marcia Richards’ Blog, around November 11th, Marcia is an amazing writing who has a fantastic blog.
4. I also plan to stop by and visit Helen@The Patient Gardener to link in to her End Of Month View. It may well be my last month of having anything to view but I have been wanting to join in.
5. I plan to join in to the Town Mouse and her First Views meme which happens the first week of the month. It is where you show off long shots of your garden. I only have my pond view for this post. I hope to share more in the future.
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As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday. So drop by to check out all the wonderful flowers this Friday.