Friday, 28 September 2018

Indian Summer

Each golden day must be cherished to the full, for one has the feeling that each must be the last. 
Elizabeth Enright
The perfect weather of Indian Summer lengthened and lingered, warm sunny days were followed by brisk nights with Halloween a presentiment in the air.
Wallace Stegner
"Indian summer comes gently, folds over the hills and valleys as softly as the fall of a leaf on a windless day."
Gladys Taber
".....and all at once, summer collapsed into fall."
Oscar Wilde
"By all these lovely tokens September days are here With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer."
Helen Hunt Jackson
"One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received."
Beatriz Williams
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Addendum
I planted a fruit pip outside in the garden almost 20 years ago which has grown into a fairly substantial tree with large leathery leaves. Possibly as a result of the long hot summer, and now our Indian Summer, it has decided to bloom for the first time. Although the flowers are not appealing the fragrance is lovely and is attracting much attention from the local bee population. Apparently this is the tree's normal flowering period, and presumably if it was growing in its natural habitat with mild weather on the horizon rather than facing our looming winter, then it would set and bear some fruit.
When I had a visit earlier this year from Wendy, an Australian blogger, she said "gosh is that a ...... tree you have growing there", and she was correct. Do you know what the name of this tree is?

32 comments:

  1. We are spoiled this summer and now it has not ended yet (after a little breake...). Beautiful photos.

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    1. I like being spoilt as I am sure all of us do - hope it continues for longer - the end of October would be lovely.

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  2. Hello Rosemary, You have collected quotes from many of my favorite writers. Elizabeth Enright has a special gift for describing nature and working it into her stories. Gladys Taber wrote many books about her house in Connecticut, and is a gifted observer of the countryside (although she can get stuck in a groove when she gets started on her pet Cocker Spaniels).

    I guess that the fall season brings out colorful writing as well as colorful leaves.
    --Jim

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    1. Hello Jim - our leaves have yet to change but by next month I should all begin to turn golden. We have been so fortunate with our weather this year following the rather unusual snowy winter.

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  3. Beautiful images and words to celebrate this special time of year. Is that perhaps a Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) tree?

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    1. Thank you - well done - you deserve a ⭐️

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  4. Nope. No idea. Nice selection of images though. More an Indian winter up here for the last month going by the temperatures during the day and heavy frost on the car this morning.

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    1. Sorry you are not getting this warm, balmy weather - may be it will travel up to you.

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  5. Beautiful images and words. These golden days we've been experiencing in regions of the UK are very welcome.

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    1. With each passing day it seems to have become warmer and warmer - I love it.

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  6. Lovely photos and still lots of color., pure bliss. The tree is called 'Nespolo' here and makes lovely and a bit acid fruits that ripen in autumn. Every garden and courtyard in Milan has one ( I have one too ) as it is so easy to propagate . Just put the 'nut' in the soil and you will get a plant :-)

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    1. Thanks Jane - I had not heard it called that before - well done and a third ⭐️to you.

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  7. Lovely photos and words. The tree is a Loquat if I am not mistaken.

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  8. Dear Rosemary,

    Aren't we lucky to have such wonderful seasons, and each one so different.
    Loved seeing all your beautiful photos and enjoyed the quotes.
    Enjoy the rest of your Indian summer with warmer days
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dear Carolyn - Loving this Indian Summer and hoping it will continue to stay with us for a long time yet - it then shortens the winter months.
      Thank you - lovely to hear from you - take care.

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    2. Beautiful Fall colors. A favorite time of the year for me.

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  9. Would it be a loquat? I grew one from a pip and it looked very much like that. It was in a pot and I gave it to someone who had more room for it to grow. I wonder if it is still alive! Your photos are absolutely lovely, as usual, particularly the horse chestnuts!

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    1. That's the fourth ⭐️to you Jenny - it appears that they can grow more easily here than I realised. It would be lovely if it bore some fruit too.
      Hope all is well with you.

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  10. Dearest Rosemary,
    You were really in for a surprise for seeing your Eriobotrya japonica or Loquat tree at this stage for the very first time! Do you know about the Loquat Leaves' health benefits too?
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  11. You've included some lovely quotes along with your beautiful photos, Rosemary. October is very likely my favourite month in the year, although choosing one is difficult for they all have something to offer. I see that your tree is a loquat, something I've never seen. Is it quite hardy?

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    1. I am surprised at just how hardy the tree appears to be Lorrie - it happily survived last Dec/Jan cold snowy weather.

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  12. If it smells like talcum powder I think I know what it is, but mine blooms in the Spring

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    1. I have looked online and apparently it can bloom from late winter to early spring, but as it is early autumn may be it may have been confused by our very hot summer.

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  13. Hello, Rosemary! I like the quotes you used, fitting to the atmosphere of this post. I felt light and warmth radiating from each and every image. All the plants look so powerful and beautiful blessed in the sun. Different from the scorning summer, my September was mostly rainy due to the active autumn rain front with two super-powerful typhoons on two weekends and now in October another powerful one is forecasted on upcoming weekends. I’m tired of the ferocious sound of the wind.

    Yoko

    Yoko

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    1. Keep safe Yoko, and I do hope that the ferocious the wind soon subsides and leaves you in peace.

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  14. Stunning photography and beautiful quotes :)

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