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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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