Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The End of the Season

In the shore towns of southern New Jersey, we all know the end of the season has come with the mass exit of tourists around Labor Day. School is starting, and those with children must hurry home. But the weather is the big predictor of fall, as a rule. This year has been a strange one weather-wise. But last weekend I decided to stop at my son's house to take a look at his pumpkin patch. I'd heard him tell about it, and expected to see lots of wonderful, big orange squash.

Sadly, most of his promising crop was gone. Some sort of fungus had taken over, and he was left with only a few pumpkins on the small side. He had dreamed of a record breaking season, and it had shown such promise. But it was not to be. Maybe next year.

It was a really beautiful weekend, and we sat for a while in his back yard in the sunshine and talked. Most of his vegetable garden was obviously "end of season", but my daughter-in-law's flower garden was still full of color, though showing signs of one final burst before it too would fade away.

We enjoyed the many birds that frequent the yard. For a time they made themselves scarce when a Cooper's Hawk stopped for a visit. But he soon became discouraged and flew off, and the others returned.

It was a very pleasant afternoon.


Villas Girl said...

They have a very beautiful yard, so it must have been a pleasant afternoon. It is a shame about his pumpkin patch. There is always next year. Lisa

kenju said...

I've been hearing/reading about some dismal vegetable gardens this year and hopefully, next year, everyone will have more success.

Mare said...

I was a NJ resident for 24 years, and have family in Tom's River. I totally understand the joy that occurs when all of the tourists go home. Fall is my favorite season! So, I say...bring it on.

JennyMac said...

Fall is my favorite season too. What a gorgeous yard!

Anonymous said...

The passing of another summer is noted here too. The hawks didn't come around this summer. The hummingbirds are gone but one young is still here. Nice post. I enjoyed it.

Your visits are always appreciated. That is my hardest job. To post things so people who stop once, will want to come back.

Pick a Peck of Pixels

Daryl said...

Too bad about the fungus .. I am betting its due to all that horrendous rain in June... lovely photos of what had to be a perfect day

Dianne said...

it sounds like a wonderful afternoon

they have a lovely place

Deborah Godin said...

That's a beauitful artists shot of the pumpkins hiding under the leave. Always sad to see summer go, in some ways, but I'm getting ready for the cool!

Sylvia K said...

Lovely photos, Bobbie! Sorry about the garden, but next year, hopefully! The flowers are lovely though! It will be hard to believe that fall is approaching here in Seattle today as it is supposed to be 90! Ah, well, who knows?????

Have a great day!


Dawn Fine said...

too bad about the fungus..wondering if all the rain had something to do with it?
glad you had a nice visit!

Unknown said...

Your DIL does have a lovely garden. Ilove the last shot you took. What a lovely day to sit outside and talk and just be with the ones you love.