The last rose of summer

September is flying past, and autumn begins this week. I took this photo of a rose in my yard yesterday, as it made one final salute to summer. Today, its petals are lying on the ground. It reminds me of the famous poem by Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852.)

‘Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.

I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter,
Thy leaves o’er the bed,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
From Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone?

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Before we leave summer entirely, here are some photos I took of my garden over the past few months, showing its progress. It’s not a very big garden, and it grew a bit more wild than I anticipated, but it’s always inspiring to see plants grow and blossom in front of your eyes. It’s also fascinating to see all the insects who come to the garden and make it their home.

Luckily, this little fellow stayed outside the fence, and ate the weeds in the yard. Meanwhile, the garden will keep blooming until the first frost, when it will be time to dig it up until next year.

This also marks another milestone, it has been one year since I started this blog. It’s been fun exploring artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers who use nature in their work, and I’m looking forward to more interesting discoveries next year. So stick around!

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4 Responses to “The last rose of summer”

  1. One year already! Congrats on the milestone, John :) Your garden pics look great – you ended up with a lot of wilderness there in that small plot! I’m glad Commander BunBun didn’t get inside the fence – we have some pretty stubborn ones around here … 😛

  2. John Lechner says:

    Thanks! It’s amazing to see the little ecosystem that builds up around a garden. Last year the rabbit jumped over the fence, so I had to make it higher this year!

  3. Casey G. says:

    Your garden is beautiful! Your Zinnias are big and wonderful, they are my favorite.

    On animals that love to eat gardens: I have heard and they seemed to work for us, that hanging cds keeps rabbits and deer away. We didn’t have problems with either and they definitely live around here.

    Way to go on a whole year of blogging! (throwing virtual streamers and confetti)

    Cheers!

  4. John Lechner says:

    Incidentally, the other day I saw a baby bunny inside the garden fence, he ran right between the wires! But he didn’t eat much, most of the flowers are too tall for him.