Wednesday, 31 August 2016

On the Cusp of September













There is a softness, and a mellow feeling in the air as the Morning Glories now reach their peak
showing luminescent colours in the early morning sunlight
Berries ripen
Artichokes have lovely seed heads
 and my porch pots give a gaudy welcome
I was sad that Verbena Bonariensis turned brown in the heat whilst we were absent but luckily they have regenerated themselves again
Shadows lengthen as the sun sinks lower in the sky
These are for birds - our jars and freezer are full
In the garden there is a sense of fruition - job done - time to think about winding down
and on this cusp of September I celebrate yet another birthday

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  1. Lovely photos!They look so fresh and bring such a soothing feeling.

    Hi!Just dropping by.:)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by - please do call again

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  2. Happy birthday Rosemary. Thank you for all the grand posts you have provided in the last year. Ten candles. Are you 100? :-)

    Ms Soup

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    1. Thank you Ms Soup - wouldn't you just like to know! as Jonathan Swift remarked "Iam as old as my tongue and a little bit older than my teeth"

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  3. Happy birthday - they do come round quickly don't they! Your flowers are beautiful, soon they will be just a memory as the season turns - but oh we have a glorious Autumn to look forward to.

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    1. Thank you Elaine - I have given up worrying about them now - just so long as they keep on coming!
      I also love Autumn with her amber, russet and golden shades

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  4. Is that a fig tree I see before me? How wonderful to have the Queen of Fruits there for the picking Rosemary. They are up to $50 a kilo here, but when they drop down now and then I buy two at several dollars each, and have a little ceremony each day to enjoy them! Morning glories are well-named with their gorgeous shade of blue, shown so beautifully in your pictures. Wishing you the happiest of birthdays for tomorrow as you glide in Autumn.

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    1. Yes, it is a fig tree Patricia - I like the figs cut in half with a slice of camembert cheese and then wrapped in bacon or pancetta then baked.
      Thank you for the birthday greetings - it is today, and the family have just gone out for a walk in the sunshine. After lunch we will all go for a valley walk this afternoon.

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  5. Happy Birthday dear Rosemary. I look forward to each and every post of yours. I am never disappointed. Always something special to admire and read about.
    Thank you for being you.

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    1. Thank you dear Gina for being such a very special blogging friend♡

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  6. Wish you a Happy Birthday Rosemary! Celebrating this with the heavenly blue flowering Morning Glories must be a joy. I love these flowers, unfortunately I have not sown them this year, a shame because they should have done great by these warm and sunny days.
    Your posts are always very informative accompanied by beautiful bright photos, thank you so much.
    I wish you a lovely September month!

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    1. Dear Janneke - thank you so much for your kind greetings and I really appreciate your lovely comment

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  7. Hello Rosemary, It seems that nothing can interrupt the spell of your garden--each season is as colorful as the next. It is brutally hot in Taiwan right now, so I double appreciated your photo of the shady road.
    --Jim
    p.s. Happy Birthday!

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    1. Hello Jim and thank you for your birthday greetings - it is always sad when the flowers go over, but there are always new ones coming along to replace them

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  8. The best thing about birthdays it that they keep on keeping on and showing up! A very happy Birthday to you my dear, may it just be the start of another wonderful year with many travels to beautiful places. . . . . . . and you sharing your always wonderful photographs with us.

    Yes, my figs are left for the birds now - although Bob picked three low hanging juicy ones early this morning when he went down to retrieve the daily paper. I will have them in my yogurt later.
    Your Japanese anemones are beautiful - my mum used to grow them - I've tried here but they've never done well with our oppressive heat/humidity.

    Enjoy this special birthday - I hope they spoil you big time!
    Mary x

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    1. Thank you Mary - I have just this minute opened the door to a wonderful summer bouquet sent via interflora from the little family in Paris, and the rest of us are about to take a walk in Laurie Lee's lovely Slad Valley - slice of bithdaycake on our return.

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  9. Happy Birthday, Rosemary! May the upcoming year be one of your best!

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  10. Happy Birthday, they do seem to come so much quicker than they use to. I have a significant one at the end of September. Our Morning Glories are blooming too, in amongst the weeds that have nearly taken over the garden. When we get home from our trip and the weather has finally gotten cooler I'm going to finally get out in the garden again.

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    1. Thank you for your kind greetings - you must be excited by your upcoming trip, and it will be lovely to see your daughter again.

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  11. Happy Birthday Rosemary! Thank you for another lovely post.

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    1. Thank you very much Catherine, it is always a pleasure to see you here.

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  12. Happy birthday, Rosemary! Your garden is celebrating it brilliantly, I see.

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  13. Dearest Rosemary,
    Blessings for being able to celebrate another Birthday! You have so many great photos to look back on, for bringing joy to the fall and winter season.
    Love this post especially with the perfect light!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette - thank you so much for your kind greetings - it is a lovely time of year, and we are trying to make the most of it by being out and about as much as possible. It was lovely to be out walking with the family today.

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  14. Just what I love about the end of summer, everything is so ripe and mature . Wishing you a happy birthday !!

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    1. Thank you for your greetings Jane - the seasonal bounty is good this year

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  15. I hope you are having a wonderful day Rosemary. Happy Birthday!

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    1. A good day Jessica - thank you very much

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  16. Hello Rosemary! I've taken the summer off of blogging and have enjoyed spending extra time in my garden :) I see you are also celebrating a wonderful end-of-summer, or should we call this the summer that never ends? There have been record temperatures in many places around the globe, including where I live. Here in Quebec, the land of snow and ice, you'll not find one person complaining of the heat! Happy Autumn :)

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    1. Hello Rosemary - it is so lovely to see you back again - I am pleased that you have been enjoying the lovely sunshine this summer - it sets you up nicely for the coming colder months.

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  17. Happy Birthday, Rosemary. It's a beautiful time for a celebration, so I hope that there is a little something going on for you!
    Over here things are much like they are in your part of the world. The shadows are lengthening and the evenings draw in earlier every time we go around the sun. The wild morning glories are climbing crazily up the laurel hedge but at this stage I will let them climb and deal with them later. The are pretty!

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    1. Thank you very much for the greetings H - it would be lovely if this was the start of an Indian Summer so keeping my fingers crossed that the warmth will continue for a while longer.

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  18. Many happy returns Rosemary! I'm sure you have had a lovely celebration with your family. Hope this is the beginning of a long, mild Autumn in your part of the world.
    I love the photo of tall trees and dappled sunlight along the road.

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    1. Thank you for the greetings Betty - I had a lovely day with some of the family

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  19. A lovely selection of photos from this time of year. It's been very hot here for days, but I think this weekend will bring a change and the sense of a new season.
    Happy birthday. I'm glad you enjoyed your day.

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    1. Thank you Wendy - I was hoping that this warm spell would last for a while it has been so beautiful, wonderful skies, lovely sunshine - just perfect.

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  20. Great varied photos for the first days of autumn. Ah well' another summer gone again :o(

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    1. Hoping for an Indian Summer before Autumn proper begins - is that wishful thinking.

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  21. Happy birthday some lovely late summer photos.

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    1. Thank you Brian - there are still lovely things to enjoy in the garden.

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  22. Happy birthday, Rosemary! Thank you once more for all the wonderful posts you share on your blog, so well presented. Your photos are beautiful and I always learn something new. Wishing you a good September.

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    1. Thank you for the greetings and kind comment Linda - I have been thinking about you and hope everything is going well for you.

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  23. Lovely, evocative photos. Happy Birthday.

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    1. Thank you for your visit Mary Lou and kind birthday greetings.

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  24. Happy birthday - a little bit late.

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    1. Thank you - I still appreciate your greetings even if a little bit late♡

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