We Will Welcome Summer’s Ghost

We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost. Henry Rollins

Sigh, “summer’s wreckage” is a pretty fair description of my yard and garden today.  The peak heat of August has passed leaving a tangled mess of overgrown branches, dry, burned leaves and wilted flowers in its wake.  Even the forests look like they need a rest from the hustle and bustle of summer.  Early September is always busy here with back to school activities and new routines take precedence over yard work so inevitably the mess outside lasts until a crisp October weekend when I tackle it all and try to prepare for winter.

If the flowers are still blooming it’s not really time to pull them, right?  That’s what I’m telling myself this afternoon looking at the ghosts of flower pots past hoping I can stretch them out a few more weeks…

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    1. I’m happy to hear you had a nice, moderate summer, Jim! We were so dry I’m a little worried about drought next year now that I read we’re in for a warmer and drier winter too…


  1. I don’t feel done with summer because all the smoke cheated us out of our August … but summer is done with us–rather abruptly. I trust there will be autumn days good for a hike along such a trail!

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  2. It kind of shocks me to hear the extremes in temperature and conditions you’ve experience, Lisa. I definitely relate to the damage that summer seems to have inflicted, and I don’t know what recovery will even look like at this point. I think I’d look away as long as you can! Summer wreckage is a good description of my garden, too! I hope we both get surprised this year. I’m not very hopeful, but I’ll try to remain open to the idea I could be wrong. 🙂

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    1. I think looking away is a good plan, Debra! A surprise for both of us would be wonderful but you’re probably right to not be very hopeful, it seems that extreme weather shifts are becoming our new normal…


    1. I think any month is amazing at the coast, Tony! This year we’ve tried mountains and forests to get away and today Ryan and I drove out to Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park. We had a wonderful time but I’ll admit to being tempted to keep on driving all the way out to Second Beach and some coast time. 🙂

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