September Gift

I went out on the balcony this morning with my big boy, Toby, hoping to get some photos of the chickadees that are patiently waiting for the feeder to be put up again.  And what a glorious day it is!  Days like this — warm, windless, sunny, the air full of the fragrance of a somewhere newly mown lawn — are indeed, a September gift.  As you might guess, Toby’s presence squashed any chance of bird photos.

I did note that some of the roses on the (apparently) ever-blooming rose bush had been killed by frost.  I’m glad I have covered my geraniums the past few nights as they are still blooming profusely and look as healthy now as they did in mid-July.

I took a few shots of some deadheads — if you click to enlarge, you may be able to see the wonderful architecture of these salmon colored blooms.  So delicate, and yet so hardy.

And, of course, a photo of things yet to come.  Hopefully, these lovely buds get to open before the frost finally claims them.

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues

all the utilities of the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “September Gift”

  1. Frost. Something we may see in a month or so! I just love that geranium color. I’m going to look for one that color next spring. Aren’t the little buds magnificent?

    Hi Brenda — we’ve only just had a very light frost on a couple of mornings, nothing that I thought had done any damage. But the poor roses didn’t make it, I guess. And yes, I very much like that salmon geranium and have saved some seeds for next year to see IF I can start a few plants. :)

  2. Hi Nancy, that Toby is a cutie. Who needs birds with him around? Your balconey is an oasis, isn’t it? The color on that geranium is wonderful. I have grown them from seeds before I had a clue about doing it right. Good luck with them. Will your roses make a comeback or is this the end of them?

    I’ve got some reading up to do on growing most things from seed, and my Dad is a good reference, too. :) The roses are probably/maybe kaput for this year, again, earlier than usual. They may have more buds and if the warmer weather we’ve had this week holds, you might see another blush of blooms.

  3. Nancy, Toby is a beautiful cat. There is a white cat in our neighborhood that roams. I don’t know where it belongs but it walks by my window almost every day. The birds always tell me when it is around. I will think of it as Toby from now on.

    Toby will like that, I’m sure. :)

  4. I’m so sorry it’s frosty and the blooms are fading. I know you wanted to hang on to summer a bit longer. We have that low down by NC and are getting lots of rain—very much needed rain. But, it could be a pretty nasty storm when it finally makes its trek North to you. Batten down the hatches!

    Yes, this morning, the news advises that it may be a Cat 1 hurricane by the time it reaches us on Sunday. I hope not. It’s been almost 5 years to the day since Juan hit NS. I’m glad you’re getting the rain — it’s the last thing we need here. :)

  5. Ah the real “F word”, Frost! It will be here soon enough. Nice photos!

    Thanks, Dave. It’s really quite early for frost, but now that the moon is in a different phase, it’s warmed up considerably. We usually get some very nice weather in Sept/early Oct. I wish the same for you. :)

  6. Frost already! I shouldn’t have to worry about that for at least a month hopefully. Those photos of your Geranium are wonderful Nancy, I hope the blooms get a chance to shine before the weather claims them for the winter. Your Toby is a handsome fellow, too bad he scared off your birds. :)

    Ah well, the birds flock here all winter, so I guess Toby should be allowed his fun. :) He’s more amused by them than anything.

  7. Yes, a September gift indeed. You are so fortunate to live so far south. The other day it was minus 7 here in the morning. Needless to say nothing is in bloom anymore except for the alyssym and less than a handful of hardy calendula.


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