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Our garden is flooded with warm sunshine today. 

We have spent much of the day outside, enjoying it, and making preparations for the freeze which should overtake us by next weekend.


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Although we expect to remain on the milder, southern edges of the storm already bringing snow to so many; we know it is finally time to bring in the hoses and the last of the tender plants we don’t want to freeze.


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The forecast continues to shift, with night time temperatures falling ever lower.

I don’t trust it, and so we continue to prepare for the approaching Arctic blast.


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But even so, we enjoyed the company of butterflies and bees today as we moved about the garden.

Like us, they are soaking in every possible moment of golden sunlight.


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Illumined by the waning November sun, surrounded by brilliant autumn leaves, and encouraged by birds feasting on our ripening berries; we filled more pots with bright pansies where Basil grew all summer long.

Our perfectly clear blue sky slowly filled with cloudy haze as the day progressed.


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Falling leaves filled the air, leaving bare branches in their wake.

November  undeniably has touched the garden already, and will leave it’s frosty fingerprints on even more of it  by week’s end.


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And yet we’ve enjoyed warmth and sunshine today; a gift of another bright and beautiful day well into November.


“Even the sun directs our gaze away from itself

and to the life illumined by it.”


  Eberhard Arnold



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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014


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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

5 responses to “Illumined

  1. Yes, I have been digging up plants I want to save, freezing temps are coming, I think, tonight. I will miss the flowers and vegetables, but do look forward to the break from watering and trimming by the end of the hot, hot Summer.

  2. Your first image made me gasp – so lovely! It is so nice to experience a prolonged foliage season through your photos. Almost as good as seeing it in person. 🙂

    • 😉 You should have been with us today, Eliza. Just breathtaking in every direction you might look here today with sun shining through the leaves. I love these Camellias, and where they are growing, and am drawn to photograph them each day. So glad you like the photo. Best wishes, WG

  3. Beautiful post, WG. Your flowers are indeed illumined. I spent most of yesterday outdoors, too. We had our first hard frost Sunday morning, and it killed off most of the plants in the garden. The Swiss Chard, I think, must be able to endure anything as it’s flourishing in spite of two hard frost mornings in a row.

    • Dear Robin,

      Very sorry to hear the frost got to your garden on Sunday morning. Ours is only another day or two away, and I’m busily finding tiny spaces for that “one more thing” I’ve left to the last. It just started raining here, chasing us both back inside. Yes, Swiss Chard is hardy here, and will grow throughout the winter. I just planted some on Saturday in a pot on the deck along with some more pansies. The sun will return, but I hope that you and M are ready for a spot of rough weather. Hugs, WG

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