Monday, August 29, 2011

August slips away

There is a chill in the air
and it seems that summer
is starting to cool down
to allow for fall
to take her place.

We've been lucky enough to have
two or three rains
almost every week this summer
to keep things green.

I have never been so grateful for them
until I read so many of your blogs
where you have shared your desperate needs
for rain in your gardens.

It's wondeful to see what blooms
from month to month in the summer.

Just as one flower goes to seed
another one begins to blossom nearby.

Front entry

"Let me enjoy
this late-summer day of my heart
while the leaves are still green
  and I won't look so close as to see
 that first tint of pale yellow slowly creep in.

 I will cease endless running
and then look to the sky
ask the sun to embrace me
and then hope she won't tell
of tomorrows less long than today.

Let me spend just this time
 in the slow-cooling glow of warm afternoon light
and I'd think I will still have the strength
for just one more last fling of my heart."

- John Bohrn, Late August


Janette - The2Seasons said...

Tonight really feels and sounds like fall here. It's hard to say good-bye to summer.

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, your grounds and flowers look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I love that lantern too. Beautiful design. It felt like Fall here today too and tonight. This week is supposed to be gorgeous, mid 80's! Perfect to me!!! XO, Pinky

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I just love touring your yard. I wish we had had weekly rain here. We are turning brown once again. It has gotten a little cooler and less humid which is nice. I can tell fall is just around the corner.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

It's cool here too...I'm so ready. Love your bee skeps!

Olive Cooper said...

I am jealous of your rain I must say but your plants look smashing. The bee skeep is too sweet.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful grounds! I have to be honest, I will not be sad to see the end of summer. I really love Fall and Summer has been too hot.

Love the writers retreat! Were you there for a workshop?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Alison your grounds are stunning!! I loved taking the tour with you! Martina

Cheri said...

Alison, your home looks like a vacation spot to me! Wow...I would just go outside and stroll for hours on days I needed to just relax. Thanks for sharing :) P.S. Glad I'm not the only one who loses things! lol

Poppy said...

Hi Alison, you have such a beautifully landscaped yard... love your garden and all the vibrant flowers. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing with us. Have a great week!~Poppy

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh such beautiful gardens!! They are an inspiration to me. I am putting in a new flower bed this week and my goal is to have things blooming throughout the summer next year. Thank you for the beautiful tour!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Your yard and flowers are just beautiful. It's very dry here. We had to water our grass today because it's beginning to turn brown. I'm ready for fall, too. I just went outside to walk the dog, and I could detect a little change in the air. Yipee!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

your photos are wonderful. Everything looks so lush and green. It's been so dry and hot here everything just dried up and turned crunchy. I have to water everyday just to save what flowers I have in pots. Thanks for sharing the beauty. xo Debra

NHGarden said...

Every year I find it hard to see August slip away. At least I know I'm not the only one.

Sarah said...

Beautiful images, Alison. I love getting to see more of your garden. It's nice to see things thriving. ;-)
Thanks for sharing. ~ Sarah

June said...

Alison your gardens are stunning! Such beautiful beds and grounds. I loved seeing the hydrangeas in bloom. They are one of my favorites.
It is always a little difficult for me to let go of summer and give into to fall, but each season brings it's own beauty and I soon give into it.
I am so glad to hear that you have had the needed moisture to keep all this loveliness green and lush. We have been blessed this way too. I do feel so bad for other areas that haven't been as fortunate.
Such beautiful photos...I enjoyed the tour so much!!!

smiles from here...

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I could look at your yard all day long. The details are so wonderful!

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Alison you have the most gorgeous grounds ever. Lovely beyond!

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Boho Farm and Home said...

Everything looks just lovely! Fall in Chicago is my favorite time of year, the color and smells. Can't wait to be there and experience it.


I love your grounds with such stunning gardens, I love all the different places of it too! You've taken such fabulous photographs as well Alyson...just lovely! Now, why don't you come by for a piece of fall cinnamon bread and coffee, love to have you sweet friend. Hugs. FABBY

Richard Cottrell said...

Your yard is green and lush. we have We have not had rain since May. Thanks for sharing, Richard from My Old Historic House.

Debi@7Gates said...

It looks like your hard work has paid off. It is so pretty. I love the impatients. The poem is very fitting. August did rush out of here and September is knocking on our door.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your garden looks so nice, Alison. It looks like spring rather than summer because everything looks so lush! Nothing looks dry. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us!