Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Goodbye to My Flowers #WordlessWednesday

Outside, my flowers and tender plants, slept for one last night, even as the chill descended upon them.

There was no frost warning, as the weather bureau has decreed that the growing season is over.  I don't understand their logic, but I do know this unusual warm spell is about to end.  We'll most probably have our first frost early this morning, but by the time it's light enough to see, I'll be at work.  

We may even have a hard freeze tonight.

It's going to be like someone flipped a switch here in the Northeast United States.  Last week, warmest October on record.  Today:  winter begins. 

So I said my goodbyes and and good nights to my flowers late yesterday.

Goodnight, golden pineapple sage, my last plant to bloom.  I bought you an hour from where I live, and I will cherish the memory of finding you in an Ithaca, New York area greenhouse.

Goodnight, regular pineapple sage, also waiting until the last moments of good weather to bloom.  These sages will both go with the frost. 

My Alaska nasturtium, proud to the end.

Goodnight, geraniums (if we have the freeze tonight).  You struggled through wetter weather than you like but hung on.

Goodnight, finally, to my obedient plant, which may hang on a few more days.

I'll miss you all.  It's the price we pay for living in a four season climate.  You'll live only in my dreams. It's going to be a long, hard slog until we see this kind of weather again in 2022.  By then, every cell in my body will ache for the coming of spring. 

Joining Sandee at Comedy Plus for her #WordlessWednesday.


  1. ...there isn't much left around here either.

  2. Yes, it does feel like someone flipped a switch.

  3. I like a lot how you speak with plants! And definitely they respond!
    Thank you for sharing these thoughts!
    Happy WW!

  4. You and are alike where winter is concerned. I could do without winter and just do the other three seasons. I'm always so ready for spring.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  5. The obedient plant will be back, right? I used to have a pineapple sage that came back, then suddenly, it didn't. The weather has changed. I don't quite understand how my growing zone is warmer, and the winters are colder. Those are/were such nice pineapple sages.

  6. Oh hurray, hurray, hurray! I'm seeing a blog hop on Blogspot! I didn't see much frost down here near the other Johnson City, but the overnight temperature was low enough that some places undoubtedly got one. Overnight we probably came as close to full fall colors as we'll get, though I see several broad green leaves on trees at lower altitudes, colors only fairly high up the mountain.

  7. Someone once told me we grieve for our flowers BECAUSE they are with us for such a short time. Perhaps they were right. The pain of good-bye remains...

  8. All those lovely blooms... But such is the cycle of life in the garden.

  9. It is sad to have to say goodbye to the flowers that give pleasure. Tomorrow we bring the tender potted perennials into the greenhouse. It feels very cold out tonight so I hope we haven't left it a day too late.

  10. This is a very sad post. It's the end of a season. Hoping you have a winter of short duration.

  11. Lovely photos and colours now winter is approaching arrgh heheh

    Have a bloomingtastic week 👍

  12. Uy que pena con tus flores te mando un beso

  13. Such pretty plants! :) Sad to see them go:)

  14. I've said good bye quite early. Deer munches on mine.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  15. We've had several light frosts already, but it is supposed to get into the mid-50's next week, so then I will go out and cut down the rest of my flowers. But, my rose bush is still blooming.


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