The garden has become familiar.
I know it’s rock walls, the plants who have made it their home.
I’ve shared it’s life, death and rebirth cycles.
Today I walked beyond it’s boundaries and this is what I saw…
A local CSA, Terra Fauna, had planted a plot of Indian corn. Neighbors respect one another and the corn is waiting to be harvested.
Further down the road is the sheep farm. Lambs born this past February and March reach out for freshly cut hay.
Across the street, next to the homestead,
a cow rests in the barn.
Scattered around the property are remnants of farm implements.
Continuing on I pass the silos of a dairy farm. They and the milk tank are all that remain of a once vibrant local industry.
As I make the turn onto Hillside I look back upon the dairy farm
and pass homes decorated for Halloween.
My last turn onto Valley View brings my home into view. Once again I will work in the gardens and continue to co-create with Gaia.
Allowing native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants to proliferate not only strengthens the web of life it is partnering with Gaia.
Adding additional food sources to the gardens helps to feed the creatures who share our space.
In eastern Pennsylvania October is the time to help gardens ready for the coming winter.
It is also a time to help the wildlife around us get ready for darker, colder days.
Due to their high metabolic rate birds in particular need high-energy foods, those high in calorie and fat content.
Juniper berries provide this important source of energy, containing 46% carbohydrate and 16% fat.
Sunflower seeds contain almost 30 percent fat as well as fiber, protein, calcium, B vitamins, iron potassium and vitamin E.
Sharing a space means becoming a caretaker. We are an important part of the web of life. At this moment in time we are the only ones who can completely destroy it or strengthen each strand.
Aromatic scents fill the air
The earth’s perfume – sweet, earthy, musk and floral notes tease our sense of smell
A walk through a garden is experiential
Wood milled on site above a field stone base
A foundation built to endure
A roof of metal reflecting ever-changing vistas
Back road memories
Secrets stumbled upon
As I crested the hill all I could think of was “Ten thousand saw I at a glance”
But my thoughts were not dancing with daffodils but flying with snow geese
Their numbers mimicked a snowy field
And when they took to the sky they cast a dark shadow on the ground
As I got closer the beauty of individual members began to emerge
More than a sea of white feathers the colors of a foggy morning began to stand out
And when they soared skyward for the final time their black tipped wings faded in the distance
To see snow geese in previous years check out
Feeding Two Birds with One Seed
Snow Geese in Flight Winter Delight
I am told by Weather Channel personnel that this Sunday will mark the end of this year’s growing season in Eastern Pennsylvania. The temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees and tender crops and flowers will return to the soil from which they sprang. Another season ends, a new one begins.
I have Friday plans to remove all Vinca, Impatiens, marigolds, tomatoes and peppers. I hope the broccoli, kale and chrysanthemums will weather a few frosty nights.
I’m not ready to let go. This series of photographs will help me through the long, cold winter days I know – are coming.