Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Summertime: I Bid You Adieu

The wildflowers continue to share their beauty, despite lack of rain, and hotter than normal September days.
It's been a HOT summer, period.
And so, as we transition into the gentler days of autumn I share with you the last few flowers of summer........

The goldenrod is yellow,
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curing in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges haunt their harvest,
In every meadow's nook;
And asters by the brookside
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all those lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

September ~ Helen Hunt Jackson 1830-1885

Bouncing Bet, Soapwort

Purple Passionflower


Joe Pye Weed

Blue Lettuce, Aster

Queen Anne's Lace

Black Eyed Susan

Heavenly Blue: Morning Glories


mamabug said...

Your fall flower shots are gorgeous, I love them all!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Jo, I believe your Fall flowers are prettier than your spring ones were. So much beauty!!! Love that Purple Passionflower... Unique!!!!!

Beautiful poem... And I'll be glad to say goodbye to summer --whenever that happens...


Margaret said...

You have such a beautiful blog! Thanks for visiting my blog. (I have about 200 foxes in my collection -- most of them from the UK.)

L. D. said...

The photos of your flowers are so wonderful. I like all of the different varieties of flowers.

donna baker said...

Same here Jo. Still hot and dry. Wonder what it means for the coming winter...

Unknown said...

Oh yes!! I'm looking forward to the cooler temps of autumn. The temps here in savannah Ga are still in the low 90 deg range. I think tomorrow evening around 11:00 P/M is the witching hour, Autumn offically begins. When the temps get down to 70deg in the day time I'll be happy.

Mary Lou said...

Absolutely beautiful. I hate to see them go.

Stella Jones said...

Lovely poem and pictures. Some of the pictures didn't work on my computer. I wonder why. The ones that aren't working are:
Morning Glories
Queen Anne's Lace
Bouncing Bet, Soapwort
Blue Lettuce, Aster

Isn't that odd!
Blessings, Star

Anonymous said...

Aw...Im jealous, your passion flower is at its peak of exquisite beauty. I seem to have caught mine in its final withered state of exhistance.

You always have such beauty and inspiration on your page which is a perfect beginning to my day!

MadSnapper said...

all of them are very pretty. the goldenrod in the poem brought back a memory from nearly 50 years ago. just married, i brought armfuls of goldenrod in and placed in vases aroudn the apartment. so pretty. did not know husband was allergic to it. oh well, he survived and i threw out all the pretty goldenrod.
wish i had a few of these lovely flowers on my kitchen table. do you pick them and take them inside?

Country Gal said...

Beautiful shots ! I have always liked the look of the first flowers which are really weeds lol rag weeds and they reak havoc on my allergies, the only thing I am allergic to lol and we have a field beside us full of them. Love the post !

Barbara Anne said...

What lovely photos!

Ah that wonderful poem reminds me of a verse my father told me was made up when he was a boy:
"I love to chomp green apples
and go swimming in the lake.
I hate to take that Castor Oil
they give for belly ache."

Thanks for the delightful start to the morning!


Butternut Squash said...

Stunning photos! I just love morning glory. One year I planted my fence with morning glory and moon flowers. It was blue in the morning and white in the afternoon. Your blog is just gorgeous.

Patsy said...

A dreamy day for the end of summer. Great post

John Going Gently said...

you are a talented photographer!!! you really are

George said...

I really like that Passionflower, but all of your blossoms are beautiful. The poem is beautiful as well.

Rose said...

How strange to run across this poem...was thinking about it today...and I did a post about it

You are the first person I have ever heard mention it.

Rama Ananth said...

I really like your site, it is so full of life and colour. Beautiful. I think you can put the kettle on...