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Friday, September 14, 2012

Hurry Inside, It's Coming

Hurry inside, where it's warm, 
it's that time of the year when the air is cold
crisp, the sky is clear, stars bright,
but so chilly already.
 Thanks to a couple of the boys, 
the tender planters on the deck and the tomatoes
were quickly covered to protect them from
frost that is predicted for the next 3 nights.
During the day, the blankets come off mid-morning
as the sun warms the plants once more.
 In the meantime, the most vulnerable houseplants are invited in,
the tomatoes are picked, again and again, until the last box and basket are filled.  Look behind the Aloe and you will see the edge of another 25 lb. box of tomatoes.  Still, there are so many to ripen in the sunshine.  So much more work to do.
 I can hardly bring in my entire Hydrangea bush, 
so a bouquet comes in before the frost which will brown them before morning light.  The frost always bites the beautiful Hydrangea first thing.
 The array of colors and the size, oh my gracious, the size of some of these are larger than a dinner plate.  Magnificent!...
 and the colors.  My oh, my again.  From snow white to greens to pinks, all on one bush, one bloom, one outstanding show this year.  I am so happy.  There were several blooms that were basketball sized which I sent home for my Daughter-in-Law.  They are her favorite fall flowers, so she had to have some.
 If you are wondering, YES, the greens, pinks, whites, are all from the same bush and YES, these colors are true to life.  I'm so pleased to have saved just a handful before they are browned by morning from our bitter first frosts of this fall.
 Even the old '89 Ford F150 has been performing it's fall duties by delivering a coffee can full of corn to the deer and turkeys in the middle of the woods where they are undisturbed, for a treat.
Also, they were gifted with corn stalks and cabbage leaves tonight.  Lucky friends of the forest.
 One thing we do not have to protect from the light frost just yet, are the pumpkins, squash, cabbage, carrots, rutabagas, beets, or even the last stalk of celery.  All of these will benefit in sweetness from a frost.  The root crops, except potatoes, can actually be left in the ground all winter, provided with a cover of straw.  I do not do this, as I do not favor chipping my way through frozen ground for a carrot, but it can be done.  I have to draw the line somewhere.  No need for my dear man to get any silly ideas after 32 yrs. of wedded bliss as of today.

 Tonight's frost is supposed to be for real, already it's 39.4F.
We will definitely be seeing more colored leaves 
by the weekend.  I see a color tour around the corner.
For now, the woodshed is full, the pantry is pretty,
the freezer was organized today, and we are nearly ready....
Ready like a chipmunk, filling her nest with food and warmth
for another 6 months or more of bittersweet winter days and nights.  In spite of it all, I would not want to live where we could not enjoy all 4 seasons.  Awww, life is good!

Thanks for stopping by~~~~
Stay Safe and Warm


George said...

Dar, I am not ready for frost. Our first should be a month away. Your colored leaves sure look pretty.

Muffy's Marks said...

After this hot, hot summer, I am so ready for fall. We don't grow our own, wish we did, but don't. Our soil is sandy, and we live in the woods, with little sunlight to filter in. So A&P here I come!!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Brrr...I'm feeling the chill in the air, too. Time to start pulling apart the garden and putting it all away for the season.

TexWisGirl said...

you made me a little bit homesick. we are far from frost here. happy anniversary to you!

jack69 said...

Did I read 32 yrs of marriage BLISS, you bet my man Bill will get ideas!!! LOL
Ah, the pictures though are picture post card variety, Beautiful.
We think of you often and our boys, Fred and Gordon have heard the praises also.
Love from Bangor!!!
Methinks Fred & Gordon are up on the MULE playing in the woods. It could be Squirrel/Rabbit and Turkey season.

Fred Alton said...

Dar and Bill, HAPPY (belated but sincere) ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS! I trust that the two of you had a wonderful time full of good memories. Love this entry. Fall is a beautiful season of the year. The preparations you two have made sound like cozy days ahead when ol Jack Frost has done his work of painting the woods and windows with sparkles of white. Yes...Gordon and I have been out in the mountains riding the mule and looking for signs of wildlife. We saw very little cuttings from the squirrel but did see five turkeys.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It sure looks different at your house! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower and they are nice to bring inside to dry for Fall centerpieces! Hugs!

Cher' Shots said...

Well Sis, our colors are beyond peak. The leaves are falling fast these past few days with all the wind and cold. Did you awaken to snow like we did? It melted off fast but it was snow just the same - WAY TOO EARLY for that 'S' word.
'love & hugs from afar'

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