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September 19, 2010

Letting Summer Go

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 7:25 pm
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This past weekend was the last weekend of summer. **SIGH** I spent the day yesterday doing many of the things that signal the end of the season.  I cleaned the deck of the remaining remnants like forgotten bathing suits, barbeque tools and potted annuals that had already passed their prime.  I started prepping the pool for closing.  I harvested the concord grapes that grow against the back of my house:
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This is how much we got:
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That’s a 13 cup plastic container they are in – feels like it weighs about 2-3 pounds.  I’m thinking of trying to make some jelly since I doubt my family will eat many of them before they start to expire.  Anyone have a fool proof recipe for a fool like me?  Would I actually have to can it if I make it or could it just be stored in the fridge?

I also bought myself some flowers, those traditional New England harbingers of fall, mums.  For anyone local reading this, Randall’s Farm in Ludlow has a HUGE selection at a great price: five 8″ pots for $25.  So, of course I bought myself 5!

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I planted 3 of them into my whiskey barrel planter and transferred two to hanging containers for the deck.  At least I’ll have some color for my remaining days of enjoying the deck, and to greet me as I come and go from the house.

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Dear Summer,

I’m very sorry to see you go!  We really had a blast this year, didn’t we?  Thanks so much for all the bright sunshine and warm temperatures you brought with you.  I hope your cousin Autumn treats us as nicely with bright days and crisp evenings.  I will certainly enjoy our last three days together before cuz’s arrival, and I will anxiously await your return nine months from now.

Lots of love,

Karen

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13 Comments »

  1. How do you get all the seeds out of the grapes? I’m a food dummy which may explain a stupid question. 🙂 I am sad to see summer go… I love it so. I can’t bring myself to welcome the mums, yet, I think I’ll wait until the first frost kills my annuals. The color of your mums is lovely.

    Comment by Becky Sue — September 19, 2010 @ 11:13 pm | Reply

    • I’ve never actually made jam or jelly before, but I’m guessing you’d have to strain the mushed grapes somehow with a foodmill or through a cheesecloth or something. If I do this, it will be an experiment for sure!
      I know we haven’t had a frost yet, but my annuals just looked pathetic, so I went ahead and got the mums to enjoy.

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  2. Can you send some of those concord grapes through the mail, yum, yum?

    I remember when our neighbor downstate used to grow grapes and we kids would sneak ’em. I don’t think folks grow grapes this far north.

    I love your letter to summer. Cousin autumn better be nice & not naughty. (He was a little naughty last night and unexpectedly frosted all over! Don’t think the garden was too affected though. Hopefully.)

    Comment by Kathy — September 20, 2010 @ 9:47 am | Reply

    • Frost already? Ew, that was definitely mean!
      Do you think any of your commenters might have an easy jam recipe for me, Kathy? I remember someone coming along with the refridgerator pickle recipe.

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

      • I’m waiting, too, to see if you get your jam recipe from Cindy or someone else. Crossing fingers!

        Comment by Kathy — September 20, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

  3. I really like these shots. Summer is passing, but these reminders are very nice! I love the pale pink flower…somehow it’s paleness gives it a soft, very beautiful appearance. Great job!

    Comment by photographyfree4all — September 20, 2010 @ 11:16 am | Reply

    • Thanks PF4A! I need another user name to call you by, photo-blogging friend! From your email address, I keep thinking that you are actually another photo-blogger; it appears you have the same last name, and possibly first, though I am only guessing!

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  4. Beautiful shots of the mums.

    I enjoyed this post. It’s a lovely way to say goodbye to summer.

    Comment by Robin — September 20, 2010 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Robin – although it seems you are ready for goodbye, and I never will be! 😉

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  5. Forget jelly, make wine! 😉
    I love that first shot, and the 6th one couldn’t be any more perfect!
    If you miss summer too much, feel free to come down to TX we’re still in the low to mid 90’s here. Even at night it’s in the low 70’s.

    Comment by thedailyclick — September 20, 2010 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Micheala. I was pretty happy with #6 too! I sure wouldn’t mind hanging on to summer temps, just a bit longer, but I’m okay without the humidity!

      Comment by Karma — September 20, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  6. Noooooooooooooo, please summer, don’t go!!!!

    We had SOME summer didn’t we?? I am looking forward to tomorrow when the weather is supposed to be in the low-80’s again. Can’t wait!!!

    Comment by milkayphoto — September 21, 2010 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • It was a beautiful summer – certainly blew the socks off last summer! I am with you, looking forward to tomorrow’s predicted temps and hoping to get outside and enjoy!

      Comment by Karma — September 21, 2010 @ 12:12 pm | Reply


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