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Photo: Hilton Pond Center
for Piedmont Natural History

The first buds popped on my big Rose of Sharon bush in the backyard today. The flowers are white with a maroon-ish center. They look nice but aren't as fragrant as I wish.

The appearance of this first flower is like getting a telephone call from Autumn. "I'm coming over," she says, and there's no avoiding her.

The Perseids meteor shower Aug. 11-12 is like hearing Autumn's car in the driveway.

Labor Day is when she turns off the ignition, gets out of her car, knocks on the door and invites herself in. "Long time no see," she always says. She stays to chat awhile and, before she leaves, tells me she'll be thinking of me at the vernal equinox.

"I'll be back," she says just before she rolls up her car window and backs down the driveway.

Of course she'll be back.

Of course she will.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 26th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
One of the best entries ever.
Jul. 26th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
As the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan used to say, "ThankyousoveryMUCH!"
Jul. 28th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Also, I'm going to steal this.
Jul. 28th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
As Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band once observed, "The amateur imitates. The pro steals." A line he no doubt stole.
Jul. 28th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, I can clearly see this, like a movie short. For Kiddo, it's the appearance of the first black-eyed susans. As much as he loves them, he gets melancholy about what they represent.

I cut our Rose of Sharon back by at least three feet last fall, so it's just starting to bud now. It's still nearly 7 feet tall, but it was too top heavy to bear the weight of the flowers, and a simple rain would bend the boughs to an upside-down-u-shaped curve.
Jul. 28th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
The black-eyed susans wouldn't bother Dick if you guys lived somewhere where he could golf year-round.

I probably should cut my largest Rose of Sharon back, as you did, but I won't, and then a major limb will crack and break and I'll curse myself for being such a lazy sod and not doing it sooner.

That said, I had a similar occurrence several years ago and I tightly wrapped the cracked area up with line from my lawn trimmer. It's done just fine. However, I wrapped it so tightly that the line cut into my hand. I'll use a hose clamp or two next time.
Jul. 28th, 2014 10:31 pm (UTC)
True dat, because the coming of Autumn wouldn't mean the impending appearance of Winter. However, the homebodiness of our beings is probably too firmly rooted in WNY.
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