As I mentioned yesterday, I went back over the mountain to the awesome Milmont Greenhouses today. It was customer appreciation day, thanking everyone for 40 years! My good friend KY wasn’t able to come with me today, but I decided to go because it was a lovely cool, overcast, autumn day. I was not disappointed. They had huge crowds, and so I had to park a bit away, but as soon as I exited the car I was greeted with one of my favorite smells…..barbecued chicken. Believe it or not, I had so much fun walking around the grounds I completely forgot to go get some. Same went for the homemade donuts, breads, and homemade apple butter boiling away. It was such fun to watch all the children race to find their perfect pumpkin, and boy did they have choices, as they got to pick from a pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Below are photos from my afternoon.
One day I found two pumpkin seeds.
I planted one and pulled the weeds.
It sprouted roots and a big, long vine.
A pumpkin grew; I called it mine.
The pumpkin was quite round and fat.
(I really am quite proud of that.)
But there is something I’ll admit
That has me worried just a bit.
I ate the other seed, you see.
Now will it grow inside of me?
(I’m so relieved since I have found
That pumpkins only grow in the ground!) via
The Last Chrysanthemum – by Thomas Hardy
Why should this flower delay so long
To show its tremulous plumes?
Now is the time of plaintive robin-song,
When flowers are in their tombs.
Through the slow summer, when the sun
Called to each frond and whorl
That all he could for flowers was being done,
Why did it not uncurl?
It must have felt that fervid call
Although it took no heed,
Waking but now, when leaves like corpses fall,
And saps all retrocede.
Too late its beauty, lonely thing,
The season’s shine is spent,
Nothing remains for it but shivering
In tempests turbulent.
Had it a reason for delay,
Dreaming in witlessness
That for a bloom so delicately gay
Winter would stay its stress?
- I talk as if the thing were born
With sense to work its mind;
Yet it is but one mask of many worn
By the Great Face behind.
Below are some more of the photos I took. Tomorrow I will post on some of the other fall flowers available and lots of fun things that were going on today……I took soooo many photos it was difficult to get it down to a reasonable number, but I hope you enjoyed this taste of autumn. I also will share some photos near the Blue Ridge Parkway, where I stopped at a scenic overlook. The light is always different, and today was no exception.
I hope you enjoyed this photo tour. It was cool and crisp and I had such a good time. Believe it or not, I resisted coming home with any more plants. When I went in late summer (you can see that post here) I purchased a lot of perennials and a few mums then, and I am pretty well planted for now in the gardens. But boy, it was tempting! Laters, charisse
For more information of the types of Mums, visit the National Chrysanthemum Society
For a guide on caring and planting Mums, check out this article here