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Our amazing Monarchs are migrating to Mexico. Only spotted four here at The Farmstead in Central Maine this July and August. October’s calling, “Collect those milkweed pods. Save the seeds to plant and feed next year’s amazing Monarchs.” ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Sacred Touches

“I grow old, I grow old,”
the garden says.
It’s nearly October.
~Robert Finch

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The gentian’s bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook,

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes’ sweet odors rise;
At noon the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days were here…
~Adapted part of a poem
by Helen Hunt Jackson

All things must come to an end and I can’t say I’m sorry to see summer finally go! We’ve had some lovely cool mornings of late and warm, honeyed afternoons, not hot but warm, and that is such a relief! I pray that as we welcome October tomorrow, this is the way we’ll continue be blessed in the coming days. And…

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Comments on: "1267. The air is different today; the wind sings with a new tone sighing of changes coming as barbarous summer dies… ~Edited and adapted line by Rhawk" (8)

  1. I hope I have better luck next year. So far, not much luck with growing them. I keep trying. This year, between the caterpillars and the drought, it was a bad year for growing anything.

    • Same conditions here, Marilyn. Gardens gave us just enough, not a bounty to share which is the norm. Felt blessed to spot a few Monarchs soaring by, but none stopping to sip nectar this season. Plenty of milkweed, but it withered early. Time to collect some pods to share and get ready to settle in until spring. The fall foliage is a bit dull and the temps are still in the 60s day, but little of that much needed rainfall. At least our well is still functioning, unlike many of our neighbors. Happy October! 🙂 ❤

  2. thanks Bette! 🙂 ❤

  3. Nothing grew too well here in NY either. Too much heat, not even steady rain. Foliage isn’t so great either.

    • Still waiting for some thirst-quenching rain to ease the drought, but all-in-all our summer was glorious. Have a wonderful week, Micki! ❤

  4. Beautiful share, Bette. I love the Jackson poem. I hope next summer brings more monarchs your way 🙂

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