SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6

to celebrate the publication of my new book

CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.

Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Creeping In


I can feel it. Autumn is creeping in. The days have noticeably shortenend. The sun is lower in the sky. When I turn the corner onto our road, the sun glares and I am blinded. I hope noone else is coming around the corner because there is no way to see. 

The colors are changing. They are getting darker and more mossy toned. In the garden, the zinnias are putting on a massive show. Rows of colorful blooms. I gather them in my wire basket, strip the leaves and fill my vases in the kitchen. I spread the vases around the house and think about what winter will be like without their bright cheerful colors. 

The amaranth varieties I planted are more like small shrubs. Crazy, spiky, falling over branches filled with miniature seed pods. The blooms almost look like spiky coral you might find under the sea. They flop over and then grow again. It is such a miraculous site. 

The cosmos are starting to struggle after putting out blossom after blossom since July. I regularly deadheaded them to help the blooms persist but then became overwhelmed with all the other gorgeousness and let them go. Now they are producing seeds.

Every autumn, I am amazed by the crazy bounty that keeps growing and growing as the days shorten. It is as if the plants know that winter is coming and they must produce in order to make it through to the next year. I wade through the thick stems, trying not to smush any of them so they can keep growing. I know that it will all be gone soon. Until next year. Just thinking about it makes me want to stay outside for hours. But I can't because I have other pressing things to do. 

I have discovered a new book called Autumn: An Anthology for the Seasons put out by The (British) Wildlife Trust. Looks like a perfect read for this time of year. You can find a couple of excerpts on-line here and here

Have a great weekend everyone. I have a knitting retreat coming up next weekend here at the farm. Fall festivals are beginning around here and there are so many that it is difficult to decide which to go to. Enjoy the photos, the changing weather and cooler temperatures. 















3 comments:

Beth in Maryland said...

Autumn is my favorite time of year in the garden, and you have expressed the reasons perfectly! I really enjoyed reading this and seeing your beautiful photos.

d said...

I love autumn also! I see you planted seashell cosmos; I had them in my garden for the first time this year. They were beautiful, don't you think?

Mary Lou said...

Beautiful - I love those Amaranth - Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate!