torsdag 29 september 2011

Indian summer..

October is soon upon us and Sweden (at least the southern parts) is really experiencing a great "Indian Summer" with warm and sunny days. Tuesday, I did not leave the boundries of my paradise garden for a moment. The lawns are emerald green, the grass is studded with a variety of apples in all apple colors.
The sun was burning my cheeks while I picked the late, huge,sweet rasberries.

Presently,the kirchen is covered with buckets full of golden apple must and I am trying to make some cider too. What a nice feeling it will be to open a bottle of perfectly ecological must when the winter storms rattle the dark windows!
I will most probably finish them off long before that!

(The bottles that is - not the ratteling windows!)
The old barns are painted in the impressionistic
light of late September..
Some roses are still flowering to the joy of ambitious bees who are flying in for a last sip.

The nasturtium is heading towards the sky - oh, how I love their typical smell that brings back childhood memories..
The pears are just about to ripe and these big ones above tastes delicious,
- warmed by the late early autumn sun.

The small green grapes are full of seeds and growing by a southern wall.
Not much for wine making, really!
(The cider will do just fine!)
The Jerusalem artichokes In the background are almost three meters tall by now and the small lumps will not be dug up from the soil below until the first frost!
Then, we shall make a delicious soup!
(It´s the first season I grow these - cost a small fortune for two plants!)

The dahlias are in now in bloom.

And there is a crimson sky almost every evening. Soon, to soon, the entire garden will turn the same colors, gold, purple, orange and crimson..
I wonder why the Anglo world calls the warm fall days "Indian summer"?
So we consult Wiki as always:
An Indian summer is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs in the autumn. It refers to a period of considerably above normal temperatures, accompanied by dry and hazy conditions, usually after there has been a killing frost. Depending on latitude and elevation, the phenomenon can occur in the Northern Hemisphere between late September and mid November. In Sweden we say "Britt summer" because of the namesday of Britt or Britta that occurrs on the 7th of October.