Summer countdown: Its all over now

The summer countdown is over, summer's gone for another year. One of my favorite seasons, summer brings the warmth of the summer sun together with the beauty of nature in all it's glory. No one wants to say "goodbye summer"....well that's a bit broad so let's say most people don't want to say goodbye to summer.

Summer brings its flowering plants
Of course it also brings the ants
But sunshine lights up summer days
With things to do in many ways
There's swimming, gardening, and more
And sometimes relatives at your door.

When does summer end? The answer depends on whether it lives in your heart or ends with the calendar. Summer is over when the days get shorter and the nights get cooler.

Water Lilies

Delicate pink water lilies
Delicate pink water lilies | Source

Reliving Summer One Last Time

Like anything the beauty of summer sometimes has its drawbacks...the bugs that bother, and the relatives that need a vacation, often at your house. All in all though summer is a wonderful time of year. The beauty that surrounds us during the summer is incomparable. Yes, I know snow is beautiful, spring has new flowers blooming and things turning green, and fall is colorful and crisp, but oh summer....

A gardener and a photographer, especially appreciate summer when all the flowers that have been gone begin to bloom. Every day a new flower appears on one plant or another. The delicate pink water lilies that grace a pond...each day a new flower in the pond.

Balloon Flower

Beautiful blue balloon flowers
Beautiful blue balloon flowers | Source

The beautiful, blue, balloon flower is another example of nature's beauty. Rising up to greet the sun and showing it's delicate beauty. The balloon flower is also known as the Chinese Bellflower...though blue is a favorite they also come in pink and white. Their buds are shaped like a hot air balloon hence their name 'balloon flower'. It takes them a while to get established in the garden but they are worth the wait! They like organic matter in the soil and may become tall enough to need to be staked.

Marigold

A single marigold
A single marigold | Source

What about the lowly marigold? Many people plant them because they are inexpensive and not a fussy leaf on their plant! They'll grown anywhere in any soil. Though they are an annual they are still very popular.

"Marigold can be made into a tea or infusion to help in the healing of mouth ulcers, colitis and stomach ulcers; the infusion works by stimulating the lymphatic system, reducing swelling and cleansing the body of toxins. In cooking, the flowers of Marigold can used as a Saffron substitute in the coloring of rice dishes and can also be used in fish dishes; the leaves of Marigold are used in salads." (The Medicinal Uses of Marigold Flowers: A Plant Profile of Calendula and its Medicinal Properties)

Marigold plants can help protect certain vegetable plants from disease as well. All from the sturdy little marigold.



Butterflies

Did you notice the small brown butterfly on the right?
Did you notice the small brown butterfly on the right? | Source

Oh and the insects...let's forget about the ants and other creepy crawlies, what about the beautiful butterflies? I've never met a butterfly I didn't like....everyone loves butterflies and their delicate beauty. Its always relaxing to see a butterfly gliding through the air on a warm, sunny day. Nothing brings butterflies to your garden like the right plants. They love echinacea and honeysuckle to name just a few and will flock to your garden to gather nectar.

Bullfrog

"Frogger" our bullfrog
"Frogger" our bullfrog | Source

I happen to love frogs...and especially bullfrogs. I love to hear their croaking at night. Sometimes we are lucky enough to hear it during the day. They seem to just show up in our pond every summer. Though they are great swimmers they have no qualms about living in our little backyard pond. Unbelievably they can jump from 3 to 6 feet. They can live as long as 6 to 7 years as long as they have the sense to hibernate! We had one who thought he could stay in our pond all winter...didn't work out too well for him.

Summer is over

So taking this brief look at some of summer's beauty should give you an idea of what we're all missing once summer's gone. In the Northeast that summer period runs from late June to early September. But then, its gone...the flowers begin to die and leaves begin to whither...oh there are fall flowers coming and beautiful foliage showing, but the warmth in the air begins to be replaced with the crisp fall air. No more summer sun. Summer clothes get packed away and winter clothes now take their place. Hummingbirds are long gone...they leave by mid-September at the latest....to make their southward migration. No more fragile butterflies.

Warm nights sitting and gazing at the stars are replaced by longer nights with more than just a chill in the air. Summer's gone. Did we get a chance to say goodbye to summer and get ready for the fall and winter that is so quickly upon us? Fireplaces that sat idle now begin to see glowing fires, sweaters are everywhere, lamps are lit as darkness comes earlier and earlier...to me, these are definite signs that summer's gone. The consolation is the fall brings its own beauty and winter it's own wonder and when spring arrives turning things green summer can't be far behind. The summer countdown is over, summer's gone and with it going to the beach with walks on the sand, soft ice cream cones, County Fairs, Antique Car Shows, and the like.

But wait, what can fall bring? Beautifully colored leaves gracing every tree, pumpkins lining walkways, apple picking for the whole family followed by apple pie and apple betty. Bundling up at night with your sweetie....every season has its great points and its always best if we keep them in mind. So, even though I will miss summer, I will still embrace the seasons that follow. Oh! Halloween! Just around the corner!!!

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov

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The beauty of fall

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Colorful leavesThe lake with fall colorsA cornfield in the fallPumpkin pickingHalloween!
Colorful leaves
Colorful leaves | Source
The lake with fall colors
The lake with fall colors | Source
A cornfield in the fall
A cornfield in the fall | Source
Pumpkin picking
Pumpkin picking | Source
Halloween!
Halloween! | Source

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

We have had a hot summer here so I am glad to see fall. Love all your photos ...Great job.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Carol. Having a backyard pool helps us cope with the heat ;)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

GF....shiver-shiver...burr.....we're only approximately 400 miles apart....so it's safe to suppose our weather is very similar. Today I am wearing SOCKS and long sleeves!

Yes, Bye bye summer for another year. That may be a little sad if it were not for the incredible beauty and freshness of Autumn....(I'm not really a summer-lover, so maybe I don't mind bidding farewell to HIGH temps.) Sounds like you are very good friends with Miss Summer......understandable for our resident Green Thumb. Thank you for taking us along with you as you "relived summer, one last time.".....I enjoyed it, Tillie.....a wonderful way to help us transition. Your photos as always, are lovely.

A powerful quote from Anton Chekhov.....and very true. Up and sharing, gf........wishing you a perfect Autumn.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Your article is a beautiful tribute to summer as we begin to usher in the cool, crispness of autumn. It was 40 degrees (F) when I got up this morning. A rude awakening for sure as I poured a hot mug of coffee. The colors of fall foliage are bursting all around me and I still have a few dahlias blossoming, but alas, they won't last for long. Yes, it is now time to put away the patio furniture and do the general cleanup of the yard and then wait and plan for next spring. It is a reminder of the cycle of life.


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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Mary / Tilly mint . What a gorgeous hub, wonderful words and beautiful pictures, great information too. You and your grandson ( I presume) on the step look like you are having a good time and you have really pulled out the stops to make a fun and pretty halloween. Love the fall pictures too, it is something I miss in Spain, most of the trees here are pine, so we don´t get the gorgeous colours before the leaves fall.


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

So true about another summer being over Mary. I happen to love summer and it truly is my favorite season. The hotter the better for me, but do love fall also. Just not a fan of winter and very much not looking forward to cold and snow too. That said thank you for summer-time remembrance here and your pictures too were so beautiful. Have of course voted and shared all over :)


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I hate to tell ya, Mary, but summer is alive and well in Olympia. We are experiencing a once in a lifetime summer....it just won't end. Seventies and sunny daily....in fact, the weather is nicer now than it was in July. Go figure!

However, this is Olympia, and it could end soon, and when it does.....rain, rain, and more rain.

Loved your look back on summer. Great hub and have a wonderful day.

bill


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Jackwms 4 years ago

Hi Mary

The pictures are beautiful and your writing makes everything so real. Your descriptions create images in my mind and I can picture myself being there and being part of it. I think that takes a real talent.

Good hub.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Hi Mary, we had a very hot summer here and I am happy to see Fall sneaking in. Your pictures are beautiful ands the words meaningful!


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joanveronica 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi Mary, what a beautifukl tribute to Summer! We are now going through a very unstable Spring, fluctuating from very hot to darn cold and then some more rain. It will be nice to start Summer in a few weeks' time! This was a lovely read and a very inspirational Hub! Thank you for providing us with so much pleasur, the music on the video was superb! Voted Up, and ABI. Have a good day, and here's to many more of them!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Mary, very nicely done. Your pictures are lovely. I always hate to see summer go. It seems so short. Fall is even shorter, but winter will linger around. Enjoyed your article.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Lovely photos you have in here and thank you for reminding us that although summer is over, there's always something to look forward to in the coming seasons. Very inspirational. I had a delightful read this beautiful Sunday afternoon--Fall has just began in my part of the world. Gotta love it.

Voted up and sharing.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Effer, its a tad cooler where you are...your winters are colder too! It can't make up it's mind today...sunny and warm, then cloudy and cooler, on and off all day. And, summer flowers are reblooming for the first time I can remember. Oh and a perfect Autumn right back at ya! May your days be filled with sunshine.

Pagesvoice it has been the weirdest flowering season ever! As I said to Effer I have summer flowers reblooming too! Never before that I can remember. And yes, my husband put away the patio furniture, a sure sign summer's over.

Yes Bac2basics, that is my youngest grandson...obviously the picture is from last Halloween, I LOVE to dress for the occasion ;) True, the colors are beautiful...living almost 2 hours out of NYC we get a lot of leaf peepers this time of year (people who come up to see the leaves when they are in full color).

I'm with you Janine, I really don't like the cold, never have. As with Effer, our temps are close but you're more south so a little warmer. Thanks for the share.

Billy you better watch out, when Mother Nature catches up to herself you could be in for it! Enjoy it while you can for sure.

Jackwms thank you so much, glad I could bring you along on my last look at summer.

Thank you Curiad, it is always a reflective time of year for me...I do love summer and hate to see it go.

Ah Joan, we forget sometimes that many of us are at different ends of the earth...how lucky you are to be starting summer! Like you, I love my flowers.

Cyndi you are so right...winter seems like its never going to leave once it gets here...

CrisSp, I am glad you found inspiration in the wanderings of my mind. Enjoy your fall!

God bless everyone and enjoy whatever day or weather it is!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a delightful read. All of the seasons have their own beauty but summer has the warmth and that feeling of freedom. On the other side of the world here we are into spring and counting the days down to summer.

Your photos are beautiful and I so love that little bumble bee, so cute, I just wanna hug him/her

A lovely reminder that all seasons have something special.

Thumbs UP and more


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

This is so very lovely, Mary. I just cannot believe it is about to be October . . . where has the year gone? I live in the south, so a little cooler weather is nice, but I do miss the longer days and all of the delights of summer, as you have mentioned here. It is just now starting to cool off a bit here. Your hub is glorious in words and photos! Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Rosemary, I wish we were headed for summer instead of winter! No one else mentioned the little bumble bee so nice of you to notice him!

Faith Reaper I know, I can't believe the summer's gone either. Though its cooling here as I mentioned above we still have summer flowers! God bless.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Mary -

I feel your pain, but my favorite three seasons of the year are ahead of us. I am not a fan of summer, even though it does provide much beauty. Heat and I don't get along, but the months ahead will find me outside enjoying walks. Even in freezing weather, I'm happier than during summer. Voted way up & Interesting!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

The Balloon Flower and the Marigold are both so beautiful...and yes, so is the bullfrog. I wish we could have 4 seasons here in Singapore!! That would be a refreshing change from the constant hot weather. Thanks for sharing, which I share as well.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Ohhh Mary, those are amazing sights and photos..yeah, summer, we bid you now goodbye..but let's meet again next year.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

Beautiful photos! I love summer, too, and it's sad to see the profusion of blooms fading. How lovely to relive the season through this beautiful hub! Voted up and shared!


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

What to say! I've voted up with an awesome click. An excellent hub along with the pictures. The flowers do make summer truly beautiful. Sharing and Pinning.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

I must admit RC I like walking in the spring and fall...no winter for me, too cold.

Michelle, I can't imagine constant hot weather. Though I don't appreciate the cold, it does have it's beauty. I love my little bullfrogs too!

Unknown, I love your phrase "let's meet again next year"!

Stephanie, thank you...I will miss the flowers too.

Shampa, so glad you enjoyed.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Thanks Mary for the beautiful journey through summer as you lived it once again. Here in Chennai, the southern part of India, it is summer almost throughout the year and there is no marked difference between seasons. So we are used to this climate.

I loved the end quote-when you are happy, seasons don't matter-lovely.

Sharing everywhere Mary. Thank you for the awesome video and pictures. Cheers, Rema.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Rema I love the warm weather but have always lived where there are four seasons so don't know how I would react to only one! Thank you for sharing and of course for reading! God bless.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I'm lucky to live in F. Fl. where it is sumer most of the year. I love the sun and the warm weather. I don't think I would last long in cold weather.

Great Hub with wonderful photos. I voted it UP, will share and Pin.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

It's cold here furnace is running right now. I hate to see winter come. Your pictures are so pretty enjoyed all of them.

Voted uP! Shared.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Summer sounded so special in so many ways the way you wrote this hub. I love your pictures. I still always look forward to the change in seasons and the autumn leaves also. Voted up and awesome.


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank you for the flowers Mary. What a great article. Butterflies are still running rampant and dancing in the garden. The insight you shared is inspiring how each different season offers treasures of their own.

I know this is when I begin looking up which month to prune which plant for their season. I have three different sages each offering nourishment for hummingbirds. Each bloom seasonally three different times of the year. Those friends get their favorite snack bar sometime all year long - smile.

And, like you pointed out different butterflies for each season too. I see more yellow butterflies now. Summer time is orange and reds.

Have a great day and enjoy the garden

Tim


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

How lucky you are to be in CA, Tim. Here the butterflies will soon be gone...by rights they should be now but this strange warm weather still has a few flitting around. You my dear friend can enjoy the wonderful sunshine and butterflies...hope you do!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Mary you are so lucky not to have to deal with winter! Thank you for the vote and share.

Moonlake, no furnace yet here.

Pamela, to me summer is special. Thanks for the vote!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Autumn leaves are falling, temperatures going down. Summer is over but we will come around. Halloween and Christmas will be rewarding and the cycle of life will follow its course. Nice pics Mary, and that bullfrog... I hope is not a prince charming that was condemned for acting as a clown. Summer is over, but life will see us through again.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

What a lovely comment Lord....rest assured I will NOT kiss the bullfrog to find out! I will feed him and give him shelter but that's it ;)


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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

Our summers are very short in Sweden - If you blink you may have missed it, lol. Short and sweet that's how I describe our beautiful summers. Your pictures are beautiful, and like Monet, I love water lilies and found that picture to be absolutely lovely. Yes, summer is long gone but has been replaced by the magnificent autumn. Oh, this must be my favorite season after all? Thank you for a lovely read.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

I loved your video of flowers and music...and first saw Frogger there. I do need that picture...of my cousin?? :-) I also hope you will put out nesting places for the frogs to overwinter - is that feasible? Thank you for a beautifully interesting hub.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Break of Dawn so glad you liked my pictures. The water lily is an incredible flower, so delicate and beautiful. Autumn is now showing its glorious colors (I think I'll write a hub about it!) :)

Frogyfish, nesting places for my frogs? What do I need to do? I love them but don't know where they go in the winter.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Boy! This looks like a 100 hub to me with all these comments! It is a beautiful piece, photos and writing too. On the Beachboys latest album there is a beautiful ballad called Summer's Gone. Great lyrics and harmonies.

Great work Mary!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

And, xstatic, the Beachboys happen to be one of my favorite groups! Thanks.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Great Mary! I saw them here on there tour this summer, really a good sellout concert. That new album is as good as anything they ever did.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Lucky you. I saw them several years ago and they were great!


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Soon, summer will be here again. I love color and the aroma of summer.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I can't wait Vinaya. I'm not a cold weather person and we have another storm headed our way this weekend though they say we're not getting a lot of snow...we'll see.

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