Thursday, November 1, 2012

And That Was Fall

Still warm and bone dry, and although early hard freezes (three at 22 degrees) prevented some perennials from turning nice colors, we ended up having some of the nicest vistas ever in the small garden. A few bees are still out on the last of the asters and a fall-blooming onion. Most of the below photos were taken over a week ago before our 50-70mph wind storm that lasted two days (the high number is a gust, the low number a steady breeze).

This fall has been a bear. And yet putting one's head down and pushing through only results in time going even faster, without many of the simple pleasures along the way. As I'll look at the garden over winter, the bones that are left standing will reflect back the echo of what I've accomplished--in the face of work, family, and an extreme drought. It's not dining on ashes, it's dining on faith; when you leave the garden up for winter it never ceases to live, metaphorically or actually. Yesterday I counted nearly a dozen bird species out back at the feeder, fountain, and tromping through the dead perennials. This is home for all of us, interwoven together, and when you recognize this fact time stands still for a moment and everything comes into focus. Live for these moments. Live in them as long as you can.


Diana Studer said...

there are tall wild oats in my garden, untidy weeds, and each time I see a happy bird perched eating the seeds, I remember why the wild oats stand tall in my garden.

Mary Ellen said...

Love this sentence - "It's not dining on ashes, it's dining on faith; when you leave the garden up for winter it never ceases to live, metaphorically or actually."

Benjamin Vogt said...

D--Exactly! So sad to see people cutting down their gardens, I mean puny beds in front of huge dead-zone lawns.
ME--Oh you sweety. Makes me feel so good when I write even one word and someone enjoys it.

Kathryn/ said...

I like that image--of the bones of your garden demonstrating and mirroring what you accomplished over summer. And surely some of them will spring to life as the winter falls away.

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sensiblegardening said...

Yes fall is well on its way. We have a small apiary and on the warmer days I'm surprised how active the bees still are. Glad I left their favorites standing.