Evening in the Garden

November 21, 2021

Reflections, Day 44

“As the mountain’s shadow glides across the valley floor, the golden leaves glow in the late evening light.

–Tommy Cobb

“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
― John Muir,

The evening sun shines in our eyes brightly as it slants in from the western sky.

The end of the day is a time for optimism.

It is a time to prepare for the next day

Which will be a day of delight and laughter.

The fall season begins the “evening of the year.”

For the gardener, this time of year

Is a time for anticipation, planning, and dreaming.

It is the time of the year to begin picturing next year’s garden.

I spent the past few weeks working for the future,

 Removing the soon to be spent flowers of summer.

Ahhh, they were glorious. Oh, they were fun.

It was a special summer for flowers.

The fall flowers have been planted now

They will shiver through the winter

And put on a show to herald the early spring

The gardener’s optimism is planted in the soil, smiling.

The gardener will plant tulip bulbs,

He will plan for summer flowers

And he will pore through the catalogues,

Making his list and checking it twice.

Then he will prune the roses and hydrangeas,

A task that will enable the plants to make more and better blooms.

He will mulch the plants to keep their soul-like roots warm

In the twilight of the year

—john schulz

Photo by Tommy Cobb of Cloudland, Ga.

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site johnschulzauthor.com publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, johntheplantman.com which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at http://johnschulzauthor.com/

2 thoughts on “Evening in the Garden

  1. John, this is a beautiful post. You don’t just type words. You feel them. You live them. You share them. And I thank you.

  2. wonderful “evening of the year” ..
    wabi sabi. melancholy. yet kindly forbearing.. ever hopeful …
    you made me seek this:

    In a gust of wind the white dew
    On the Autumn grass
    Scatters like a broken necklace – Bunya no Asayasu

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