Thursday, October 1, 2009

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day - October 2009

These photos were taken October 8, 2008.
Everything is turning here, but not quite to this stage, yet.

October's Party
by George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came ---
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gayly fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "Hands Around."

And I'm waiting for this party to end, so I can continue mine (that of disposing of the leaves - raking, shredding, hauling, mulching...) ;-)

Join Carolyn Gail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for her Garden Bloggers' Muse Day (the first day of each month). You can participate or visit to see who IS participating!

Happy October!


Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Nice poem! Are leaves are just starting to turn now too, but a few trees are really full of color. I hate cleaning up after a good party too! LOL -Jackie

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Jackie! Isn't it funny that we expect Everyone Else to clean up after themselves?? ha! Thanks for your visit. :-)

Anonymous said...

Ooh, nice poem. Pictures are lovely! Most of our trees don't turn gorgeous colors here in Austin, Texas-- I have to enjoy the pictures of gardeners like you! Thanks!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Meredith! I enjoyed finding this poem in a book here. It was fun, wasn't it? You have a completely unique setting compared to ours. Both have their strong points. Come visit, anytime! :-)

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

For a while, its the flowers that give color to nature... and now its the turn of leaves, changing to yellow, red and brown before they bow and kiss the earth.... beautiful photos... ~bangchik

joey said...

Stunning photos and perfect poem for Muse Day (I'm still working on mine plus catching up on a few e-mails). Delighted to see that you're a finalist on Blotanical ... I love visiting here ... October Joy!

Patsi's 'Garden Endeavors' said...

I remember last October...wishing I worked into my garden plans some trees that had leaves turning red this time of year.
I'm more like a 2 and 1/4 season gardener. ha.

Shady Gardener said...

Bangchik and Kakdah, Thank you for visiting me today. You're quite right when you say the color is in the leaves... they bow and kiss the earth. You are very poetic. :-)

Hi Joey, Thank you for making time to visit today, friend! I was Surprised to see I'd been nominated on Blotanical. (Pleasantly surprised!) ;-)

Patsi, I'm having a tree planted yet... looking forward to a new (small in stature) Sunburst Locust in the front. I'm missing some of the shade that we lost - plus, this tree offers a light shade and beautiful Spring color! :-)

Rosey Pollen said...

I am a sucker for a fall poem. It is perfect for your photos... which are great as well.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Rosey! I understand... the poetry is sometimes nearly as great as the scenery outdoors! (We received 2 1/2" of rain last night and over the day. Guess there's more in the immediate forecast. Boo)

Anonymous said...

Hi SG~~ Beautiful photos. I guess it's time to embrace the inevitable. It is a colorful time and a great way to say goodbye to summer.

jo©o said...

Hiya Shady,

Yes, it is sad to leave the glorious September month behind. And here in the UK too August never was.
Your Hostas look wonderfully un-nibbled. How do you manage that I wonder. I have tried everything to keep the snails off of them.
Thank you so much for saying hello on my leafday post. When many stop by and don't speak, I worry nobody likes it. I'll check back a little later to see your colour.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your photos are a perfect compliment to the poem SG. I am so happy to be invited to this party.

Rosemary said...

Hi Shady; Your poem celebrates October perfectly.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Grace, I think we're feeling about the same way, here. I've just remembered that Fall is not Winter... there's still beautiful weather ahead and time to do lots of things. And when we finish with Fall chores, etc. and the enjoyment of the season... we'll probably be ready for Winter! ;-)

Hi Joco! You must have enjoyed a cooler summer, too? Oh - about those hostas in the header photo... that was in July, I think. By August, things had changed a bit. There have been "nibbles" and holes where branches fell from the trees, etc.
I'll look forward to a return visit. :-)

Hi Lisa, You would be invited to any party I had! ;-)

Rosemary, Thanks! Are you beginning to see "color" these days, too?

Rose said...

I almost posted this same poem:) Lovely photos--it gives me something to look forward to. The weather is cold and rainy here right now, and I'm hoping for some beautiful autumn days yet to enjoy the fall colors.

Shady Gardener said...

Rose, That would have been fun to see! We have had two (2) cold, rainy days in a row and the forecast doesn't look good for the next several days. If March comes in like a lion, it is said to leave like a lamb. What about October??? ;-)