Thursday, August 19, 2010

Prelude To Autumn

They said that cool air was rolling in -- 'they' being our weather forecasters.

Sure enough, this morning we woke to a misty, foggy day. Which made me think of being on the west coast in British Columbia. Atmosphere thick with moisture not quite rain and a crispness to the air that makes me think of freshly picked apples baking with hints of cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar.

A further prelude of the coming season includes the sighting of the neighbor's yard towering with sunflowers 'as high as an elephant's eye'. Much as I enjoy the soft pastels of spring and the brighter hues of summer, there is something I especially love about the bold oranges, golds, and bronzes of autumn. I love these hints beginning to appear as we head towards this time of year.

Hence, when I saw the first displays of fall chrysanthemums at the local market, I knew pots of them were coming home with me. Scraggly patches, where earlier flowers once bloomed so prettily, now need filling in.

Mr. Oliver Wendell Holmes makes mention of this time of year -- it's similar to the way it often unfolds in our corner of the world.....
The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.... September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Today I celebrate the foggy, foggy dew and my gold and bronzy blooms.

Here's wishing you glimpses of beauty,


  1. Brenda, those mums are beautiful! I am so ready for Fall. Charlotte won't have Fall arrive for a few months.

  2. Love Fall but hate to say good-by to Summer. Went for a morning walk and we too, have overcast and a slight sprinkle of water.
    I actually thought someone's sprinkler had gotten me.
    Next, we'll be looking for our sweaters.

  3. We've been enjoying a respite from the heat and humidity, too, Brenda and just today, I was wondering if it was too early to put out some fallish decorations. I am ready!!

  4. "Bronzy blooms" is such a nice phrase...very descriptive and I'm needing some for the holes in my garden, too. I've actually rounded up the flowers that were in pots and hauled them to a more central location. I'm so tired of going to them and keeping them watered. This way will be easier. Hope the sun returns, but that the high high temps do not.


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