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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Friday, November 4, 2011

To Capture the Sunlight

Florida has delivered some stellar autumn days to us so far. It is a much favored season here. Our endless hot summer has taken a much needed break.
The sun's rays coming to us now with a more gentle angle and turning the earth into a soft glow.

Beneficial flying critters of all sorts and sizes are increasingly alive with activity. As they hover and flit about the garden; the tiniest of wings highlighted in the sunshine.

I wish I could capture the essence of these days; to bottle it, to describe it, to hold onto it somehow.

Sunlight is a glorious gift.

The autumn season is unlike any other.

It's warm yet comfortable, it's bright and clear and clean but not washed out, it brushes the skin and touches the soul with the same stroke of radiance.

Being in the autumn garden to soak up the goodness of nature is one of the blessings we reap from summer's hard work.

It is the season when we notice the simplest aspects of life and thankfulness abounds.

Every color more vivid and true.

Each green leaf illuminated.

Supporting actors become stars in the sun's spotlight.

Yes, there is evidence of decline in the garden.

It is inevitable with shorter days and longer nights.

Parts of the garden withdraw in natural transition. Every bit easier to accept in the midst of autumn splendor.

Elements of the garden change continually. As I look around there is a different kind of beauty to be seen.

Lessons from the garden... learning to appreciate every facet of these seasonal changes.

Even though to hold the sun's brilliance is impossible; I am ever grateful to partake of it each moment it shines freely to brighten my world.

Happy gardening! Meems


  1. My husband and I were just saying yesterday how we have been enjoying this Autumn! Beautiful, beautiful weather.

  2. Oh Meems ~ What wonderful pictures of our glorious autumn. They make me want to run out into the gardens, but it is still dark out. :-)

    I want to know what the white flowering plant is in photo #7. I think I have this and it just grows on it's own. I love it's delicate, graceful beauty. Once I know what it is, I can see about propagating it.

    Enjoy your lovely gardens in this fantastic autumn weather that we are having.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. Although it is sad for all of us gardeners to see some of our beloved plants decline and disappear, if only until Spring, the cool weather is such a relief, and the shorter days force us to take a much-needed break from our labors.

  4. It is such fun to see the bugs that inahabit your garden. Those big green fronds (ferns?) sticking up are beautiful too.

  5. Darla,
    After last year's brutally hot and dry start to autumn this one feels back to normal.

    This weekend is supposed to be even better. We are having a little cool front move through this morning with some light rain. I'm looking forward to cooler weather.

    The white flowers are one branch on the Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia Virgata). I haven't tried to propogate it. Have a beautiful weekend.

    Cooler weather always sends me outdoors to tackle those left over projects... but a break is coming up in the month of December.

    Yes, large fronds of macho fern and leather fern. I do admire their stature!

  6. Am glad you have a wonderful season, and your efforts in the garden did not fail. Everything seems to be lush and bountiful, and the critters are happy too! Happy weekend.

  7. I have the hardest time capturing butterflies, they are SO quick!

    I am grateful each morning when I walk in the sunshine. Lovely post, Meems.

  8. Oh I think you have captured the essence very well - gorgeous photos!

  9. Andrea,
    It is an especially beautiful season.

    Loving the sunshine and clear blue skies of autumn!

    It isn't possible with a camera lens... but I keep trying. :-)

  10. Your photos and descriptions never cease to inspire. I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving.


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