Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Frost Is On The. . . . .

We had our first frost in the Nashville area this week. My poor vincas, petunias, Mexican heather and mini carnations that suffered so much this summer from the extreme heat and lack of water had started to blossom - literally - over the past month or so. Most of them, however, fell victim to the icy "sugar coating" this week.

I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;
Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!

- Gladys Harp


Jilly said...

This made me shiver. It's cold! But what a gorgeous photograph. And poem.

Rambling Round said...

We had our first frost this past week too. In fact, I have a similar photo that I am posting today!

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photo. I liked the poem. I did leaves today too.

Lynette said...

Wonderful post, Chris. I'm sorry for the loss of your flowering plants, but I do love the frosty photo. Thanks!

Hyde DP said...

cold and lots of fallen leaves but no actual frost here yet - it'll come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

Frosts (plural) got our stuff (flowers etc) a month ago and now most are gone. It is almost cold enough here to snow but fortunately, it is rain. Lots of rain for us who have been in a drought for three months. I even got wet going outside to put some food down for the squirrels.

This old man's post brought tears on this Veteran's Day but not because I am a Korean War era veteran.
The Squirrel's Nest