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Scatter seeds of love for the monarchs.

Let them fly in November’s winds

Pick some pods for butterfly lovers

….. to create the monarch gardens of next Spring.

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❤ Lost in the maze!

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Well, the weatherman goofed on yesterday mornings’ forecast, luckily for me, so I pounced on the chance to go walking through the woods before the rains moved in on us. Without my four legged companions by my side, not a typical route for me this time of year, but it was refreshing with still enough colorful foliage left to make it another memorable day.

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I was reminded of days gone by, and as I cut down the path to take in the river color, and was pleased to spot some Autumn kayakers taking in the color too!

 

IMG_0158Walking in our fields each afternoon in Fall was a favorite pasttime of Jackson, Molly & Duffy. Leaves would drop in whispers. Behind us, there snaps a twig which is not timed to our own footsteps… and acorns fall with a bounce to the ground as the wind stirred through the leaves…. freezing my guys in their tracks. Are the woods haunted???? I think not…  though I did bump into an alarmed grey fox that I think startled the both of us!

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But yes,  I do believe the woods to be haunted in October by the same ‘little people’ who inhabit them every other month of the year. Thoughts of witches & goblins & elves and fairies in October have filled the world with fright longer than anyone can record with certainty and the season wouldn’t be complete without them.

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There are fairies at the bottom of all woods and gardens, and we all have often found their traces there.. If you do not believe in fairies in the garden you cannot a true gardener. They touch a box with a wand & make a palace for a homeless bird. In mischievous play, they pull up seeded flower heads  & plant them in more surprising places. They weave silken webs from flower to flower & paint the wings of butterflies. In October they blow on the bittersweet & make berries pop open into gay necklaces of red & orange and gold.

At the bottom of an old-fashioned garden the fairies arrange their mushroom conference stools in a fairy ring, and name all the flowers! Who else could have thought up such delightful names: Sweet William, foxglove, cowslip, Sweet Annie, snow-in-the-summer, larkspur, bee balm…. morning glory, johnny-jump-ups & bleeding heart. These fairies name them all!! But of course...there are fairies in the bottom of the garden. 😉

What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open wood-fire? Do you hear those little chirps and twitters coming out of that piece of applewood? Those are the ghosts of the robins and bluebirds that sang upon the bough when it was in blossom this past Spring. Happy Autumn!

 

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IMG_0057Well, it’s official… I finally finished up down at the farm for this year. It sort of killed me to pull the remaining zinnias, cosmos, and coneflowers. I’m going to miss having my vases filled with fresh  cut flowers 😦  for the next endless few months.

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I suppose I always have mixed feelings around this time of year when I’m closing up everything for the season, but the memories of a fantastic growing season remain in my mind, and the trials and tribulations with this year moving to my new farm, even moreso! LOL But that part is behind me now… next years garlic beds and spinach bed good to go. This morning I buttoned it up, mulching  all in just harvested salt marsh hay– a final tilling and top dressed the rest of the fields with cow manure seaweed compost to work it’s magic over the winter.  I even spotted my buddy this morning briefly and wished him well, until next April.

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Tomorrow, in the herb garden, the last of the rosemary, sage and thyme will be harvested for a few winter remedies that I like to keep on hand. All in all, a great season! Boy, thyme does go by….. winter well.

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Yumma! ❤ Pumpkin Cannoli’s

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