The cooler weather has me thinking of fall.  I took this photo last autumn at the peak of the golds.  Hoping this year is as beautiful.

And here is the monochrome version.   A pretty scene but not quite the same effect without the colors of the season.  Still a pretty reflection, just the same.   

~”Autumn.. the year’s last, loveliest smile. “~William C. Bryant

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autumnThis picture highlights autumn when leaves make their dramatic change with spectacular color before they die~ so this is my entry for “End of the Line” Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This Photo Contest.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

 Ever heard of a Bird-scarer, a Moggy, a Bogeyman, a Shuft, maybe a Rook-scarer or a Kelson, Hodmedod or a Tattie bogle?  How about Priapus? web-o-025

 Let me enlighten you,  Priapus was the son of Aphrodite in Greek mythology. Priapus was a protector of gardens and orchards, and is typically portrayed as a hideous looking man.  Birds tended to avoid fields where Priapus resided, so Greek and then Roman farmers soon adopted the practice of carving wooden statues that resembled Priapus in thier gardens to keep crows from eating the corn.   web-o-026

In the Middle Ages children worked as crow-scarers.  They would run around in the fields, clapping blocks of wood together, to scare birds that might eat the grain.  Later as the plague claimed many lives, farmers found there were less children to shoo birds away so they stuffed old clothes with straw, put a gourd or turnip on as their head and mounted the figure in the fields.  These lifelike figures kept the crows at bay.  Also before the white man arrived, Native American men would sit on raised platforms and shout at birds or ground animals that came near the crops.  The use of scarecrows also came to North America with immigrants from Europe. German settlers in Pennsylvania called them bogeyman, which stood guard over the fields.

So now you know a quick history of where scarecrows came from.  We tend to only use them as decorations that represent fall harvests these days. Who amongst us doesn’t enjoy seeing a scarecrow overlooking a lush vegetable garden.    I know I do. web-o-039

~If I only had a brain! ~the scarecrow, Wizard of Oz

 

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Celebrating my 100th post on this Scenic Sunday!  Thanks to all of you that visit and to all of you that I visit and learn so much from.  Bloggers are one great group of folks that are always willing to share, teach, enjoy and get to know.  web-img022 

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  A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  ~Donna Roberts

 

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“October gave a party;web-trees-074

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The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.

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The Sunshine spread a carpet,
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Professor Wind the band.web-trees-084”    

 

 

“October’s Party~ George Cooper

 

 

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It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson FlaggScenic SundayVisit  Scenic Sunday 

There is still a bit of growing going on here.  web-s-016

The rose bush surprised me with a couple of new buds, even though I thought I had seen the last flower last week.

The daisies are still making up for lost time, web-s-008

my hibiscus gave me one last bloom before I brought her insideweb-s-011  

and the little pink flowers must like the cool temperatures.web-s-0181 

My geraniums are still flowering as well.web-k-0311

  And the morning glories seem to go on endlessly in the cooler temperatures.web-k-0151

 

I am happy that the colder weather hasn’t taken them all away

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Yet!

  Visit tootsietime to see the flaunting of flowers in other gardens.

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Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

web-saturday-098 Today was the type of day that I think of when I think of Autumn.  Crisp, cool and clear.  Color everywhere contrasting with a sharp blue sky.  I tend to block out the gloomy days in between that makes us not spend as much time in the yard because it is getting colder out there.    I picked some flowers yesterday so we can enjoy them indoors or out on my front porch.  They may be the last bouquets of the season. If I am lucky, I will squeak out a couple more before it frosts. web-saturday-060

It is hard to see it coming to an end, but fall is such a beautiful time of year.  There is something to be said about snuggling inside watching a movie on a cold damp day, or a drive on a crisp autum day to see the colors in the hills of all the trees.  And for whatever reason, cooking becomes a way to pass an afternoon so everyone can warm up with a bowl of chili or a bowl of soup.  I have to say that although spring and summer are by far my most favorite time of year, fall has it’s good qualities as does winter, well winter for a little while. It’s those last days waiting for signs of spring to emerge that seem to take forever.  aster

Can we conceive what humanity would be if it did not know the flowers?  ~Maurice Maeterlinck

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mumI keep expecting to be out of flowers for Fertilizer Friday, but  my garden persists, tempting that first frost to keep it from flourishing.

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Hopefully there are a couple of weeks left before Jack Frost visits.web-skate-159 

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 I hope your day is going well and your flowers are still blooming.foxglove

 Thanks for visiting and be sure to Visit Tootsie Time where you can see who else is participating in Fertilizer Friday

 

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How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were? 

 ~Satchel Paige

   The middle of September is upon us. web-pix-047

It is cooler but it’s still nice enough. 

web-delphiniumYou can tell that summer weather is just about done, but the flowers are rebounding with the cooler temperatures.lace cap hydrangea

 We picked the last of our tomatoes. web-sunday-0051

The only things left in our veggie garden are hot peppers… and more hot  peppers.  (Have I mentioned that my husband helped me pick out the plants for the vegetable garden?)   hot peppers

There is nothing like the crisp weather of September when you have to pull out your sweaters and break out your blue jeans that have been hidden in your drawers all summer long.  Hopefully they still fit.       Ok we won’t go there.    

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Please visit the other participants in Tootsie’s Fertilizer Friday.

 

 

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“Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.”
-  Anonymous

 

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It’s the fifteenth again! September has quickly arrived and is half over already.  My gardens are definitely looking less full but there are still plenty of blooms around.  cosmo

Some of the flowers are giving their last hurrah as if they know this is it and they are finding the strength to be seen and remembered over the long long winter.  zinnia bud

Summer may be ending, but a gardener’s spirit can not be subdued.  I have been preparing for next year, by moving a few things to better locations and getting plants from friends who are dividing theirs.dahlia

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 I hope each of you enjoy your last few days of summer and the official beginning of Autumn. zinnia

 Visit the other Garden Bloggers that participate in Blooms Day which is hosted byCarol at May Dreams Gardens.  There are plenty of great garden links there to visit! marigolds

Thanks for stopping by!

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No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face.
~John Donne