The Last Bloom

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The last bloom on my Rose Of Sharon has folded up marking the change of season from Summer to Fall. I know that we’re still a few days away from the calendar date and the official change but God doesn’t follow our calendar. Instead He sends the change when He is ready. The wonderful colors of the wildflowers give space to the yellows, reds and oranges as the Appalachian Mountains end the growing season in a blaze of glory. At first it makes me a little sad to see the birds flying South and to see the bees fold their wings and crawl into the hive but then I think of long walks through open forests. Cool crispy mornings with a cup of coffee and fog rolling in from the river. The smell of wood smoke mingled with the aroma of a homemade stew that has simmered for hours on a woodstove.

Over the next few weeks and into October we’ll have different signs and signals that change is in the wind. From this point until spring I’ll be watching the buds on my Rose Of Sharon. As part of my natural calendar they mark the start of Spring and the end of Summer.

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10 thoughts on “The Last Bloom

  1. The Rose of Sharon is beautiful. They do not grow in Alaska. I always think of Jesus as being the Rose of Sharon, Song of Solomon 2:1. It is interesting to know that it is the first and last to blossom in the seasons. Enjoy the Fall.

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    1. I used to make sure to put the Latin names on everything but I learned that it was more intimidating to some of my readers than just using the local names. Here in West Virginia the name Rose Of Sharon refers to how this plant will spread when crushed. Preachers often make a comparison to the way the Gospel was spread by the oppression of the saints.

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  2. Ahh, the Rose of Sharon is a most magnificent little tree. And if you have one in your backyard, you can practically grow a little forest out of it. It seems to multiply without being asked. You can cut some of the trees down to use for woodcrafts and they will grow more abundantly. Nice picture. Good article. Merry Christmas peace to all.

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