Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Very Bittersweet Autumn

"In the garden I tend to drop my thoughts here and there. To the flowers I whisper the
secrets I keep and the hopes I breathe. I know they are there to eavesdrop for the angels."
- Dodinsky -

Guess what I was doing yesterday afternoon?


I tell you, it's the saddest time of the year when it comes to the garden. Save for a few autumn bloomers that are in their glory, everything else is dying back.



This season is always bittersweet for me, but this year it's more so. Not only am I saying goodbye to the garden because winter is approaching, I'm also saying goodbye to the garden because this is the last autumn we will share together.


Next October we'll be living in another home and I'll never pamper and cherish all my garden babies, many of which have been around for years. And many of which were so tiny when I first planted them, they could barely stand on their own. And have since matured into big, bold and beautiful specimens.


I will miss all of these little miracles that brought me years of joy when we move from here. It is indeed a very bittersweet autumn.

Have a lovely day, everyone.

40 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful, Martha! You have created a garden of love that another family will enjoy and be thankful for :) But it is bittersweet to say goodbye to something you dearly took care of and enjoyed.

    betty

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    1. Well, once I move from here, it'll be someone else's place and they will do with it what they want. I hope someone who loves gardening will live in this house!

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  2. Let's hope the new owners will love and care for the garden too. I love that quotation about eavesdropping for the angels.

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  3. It gives all the meaning to turning a new leaf!

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  4. Martha...why not pot up a few, and take them with you?
    Perennials are great to over winter in pots...think about it...
    I know how much this saddens you...I already know..if I move...my Mom's peonies are coming to the new place!
    enjoy your day...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I thought about that, Linda, but we don't know when we'll be moving and I can't plan for it. Plus, most of the plants I can replace easily. Unless we move in the spring, in which case I may dig up some favourites. But hopefully we don't have to wait that long for the house to be sold.

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  5. You always take such beautiful pictures of your garden treasures. I'm sure you will grow many more beauties at your new home. Sadly, I kill every single plant and flower I ever tried to grow. I have a black thumb.

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    1. As long as there is a backyard and soil, there will be a garden in the new home! I will miss all these gorgeous plants that I've been pampering for years but also look forward to a new adventure. Life goes on.

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  6. How sad. I always take a few plants from a garden when I move on. I pot them up before the house goes on the market, so no one will miss them. If there is a gap, I fill it with something else. Then I look forward to installing my plants in their new homes once I am settled in.

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    1. If we were moving in the spring, it would be easier. But thankfully, most of the plants are easy to replace. Still. It's sad to say goodbye to them.

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  7. Oh that is very sad Martha, but I am sure you will plant a new garden!

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    1. No doubt about that, Christine. The next house has to have a garden (or just room to garden). I'm not moving to one that doesn't!

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  8. Oh, yes. That is going to be so hard. A new garden just isn't quite the same.

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    1. No, definitely not the same. But it'll still be fun to start a new one.

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  9. And I've enjoyed your garden too! I'm sure it will be well loved by its new keepers, Martha! But I understand.

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    1. I hope so, Francie. But the new owners will decide. It will all be theirs after we're gone.

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  10. Yeah, its sad when all the flowers die. But soon (if not already) we will be enjoying splendid fall colors!

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  11. That was always the hardest part of moving for me. And I still mourn the gardens I had to leave behind, even though the most recent one was 7+ years ago.

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    1. We baby our plants and it's very sad when we have to leave them. I'm sure I'll feel the same about my next garden.

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  12. Beautiful plants. Can you take a baby plant with you of each of your favorites?

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    1. If it was spring and we were moving, I probably would. But I can't overwinter many plants and I've no idea when we'll be moving. It all depends on when the house will sell. In any case, there'll be a new gardening adventure up ahead to look forward to.

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  13. Lovely pictures, I am glad you are cherishing your last visits :)

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    1. I sure am. It's sad to say goodbye but there'll be a new garden in the future.

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  14. Are you moving to a home with gardens ? if so maybe you could take clippings of each one and replant them in the new gardens . Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. I would never move to a house without a garden! LOL... Well, we might be moving during the winter, so it'll be impossible to take clippings. But if we don't move until spring, then I definitely will. But hopefully our house doesn't take that long to sell!

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  15. It's what's called emotional attachment to your house. You'll find other things you miss.

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    1. I've no doubt about that. I won't miss the house because it's too big and too much maintenance, but we have made beautiful memories here, so it'll be emotional when we move.

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  16. That's one wonderful garden you have. I have some land but is too lazy to do anything with it.

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    1. Not everyone likes gardening. We all have things we enjoy - and don't enjoy :)

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  17. Your flowers are so beautiful. It must be so sad to say goodbye to them. I really like the Dodinsky quote...ah, there's nowhere like a flower garden. So many of my thoughts have been thought there, tears shed, prayers sent, and problems pondered. Gardens are special places.

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    1. What a lovely comment, Bethany. Gardens are very special places. When I'm outside working on mine, I get so caught up in its magic, I feel as though I'm in another world.

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  18. It's very interesting how nature goes into a coma for a few months

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  19. Yes, it is sad to say goodbye to both house and garden ... but exciting times ahead.

    All the best Jan

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