Friday, September 14, 2012

Autumn BLOOMers

A few flowers bloom
in the earliest days of

A lot blossom in in
the spring and summer....

But a few

just a few

burst into bloom
in the autumn.

I have several
examples of these
autumn bloomers
in my own yard.

Autumn clematis
spills forth abundantly
at the end of September
in a froth of white ~

and Sedum Autumn Joy
dons a beautiful shade
of red after wearing its
green flowers all
summer long.

Then there are my
zinnias, summer posies
still going gangbusters
until the first frost, and
often, beyond.

Even in the winter, I
coax amaryllis and
paperwhites on window
ledges and baby my
poinsettas until 
Easter Lily time.

I often think of life
in terms of seasons,
from the very beginning
{spring} until we leave
this earth, hopefully
in late, late winter.

And while we usually
associate blooming flowers,
like blooming people,
with spring and summer,
there is no reason that
we can't continue to 

and grow 

right through those 
autumn and winter years, 
just like the sedum
or the amaryllis.

In fact, I think a lot of
people don't really come
into their own 

~ bloom ~ 

until they are well into 
their autumn years, when 
they have time to fully 
pursue those things that 
truly make their hearts 

Time to stop and take stock.
Time to become open to 
more possibilities.

To me....

Blooming is continuing
to learn.  Always.

Blooming is exuding

Blooming is discovering
joy in the small 
moments, every day.

Blooming is feeling
in your own skin.

Blooming is laughing, 
often, even if it's
at yourself.

Blooming is staying


with life.

When I was growing up,
my mom had a little 
plaque that read:

Bloom where
you are planted.

Right now, I'm planted
on the cusp of Autumn.

And I'm hoping it will
be a long, beautiful season.

What characteristics
do you see in someone
who is blooming?

Are you there, yet?

Here's to 
crisp blue skies 
and sweet blossoms,
opening amidst the
the falling leaves of


PS:  I will be on an
adventure next week,
blooming in my own way.
Come along with me 
on Instagram, 
or here.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HERE HERE. I am a late bloomer, have been all my life! But you know what? IT IS OK, in fact, it has made me an adult who has become a child again, in a GOOD WAY. Discovery of things NOW that I never experienced back then make the wonder sweeter, the road to discovery not always easy, but more profound since now I have at least years of living experience to help me appreciate it.

A new transition is not on my horizon, but I am IN IT NOW. Learning to be at peace with not working a steady job, having to learn how to not just make my art and writing but how to MARKET it all is a huge challenge. But I am trying to tell myself that this is yet a LEARNING experience.

I am an autumn bloomer and I would venture to say, even a winter bloomer. Yes, to bloom right in the middle of a cold and what seems a LIFELESS season? Now that is success.


The enchanted home said...

Lovely messagea as starting my day off this way!
In a few ways I am a late bloomer...and an eternal optimist, so I am still figuring out what I want to do "when I grow up" LOL.

And if theres one season I want to bloom it, let it be autumn, my absolute favorite in so many ways!!

Thanks Suzanne!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Ahhh, yes! I had an ME print, pulled from a magazine, with the Bloom where you're planted on it on my board for years. I have also given my daughter a card with that message on it many times. I think it is one of the keys to happiness. I adore your message about loving your life. I might have to pair that with one of my images soon. Just couldn't agree with your words today more. Wonderful.
PS - yes I'm there but I'm not finished :)

Tricia said...

Beautiful as always, Suzannne. I always love the way your words create images in my mind. I feel like I'm still waiting to bloom and when it does happen, I hope it's a prolific, beautiful burst of color :)

Stitchfork said...

Suzanne and your smooth way with words - love it! Right now the autumn joy sedum around the mailbox is turning puple and buzzing with swarms of bees.
xo Cathy

Susan T said...

I think I have a bit of blooming left to do. I am happy about that though. I want to be a bloomer of an old lady, with several grandchildren.

Love your words. Have a great weekend

michele said...

bloom is one of my all time fav words! years ago i sang with my sisters in a girl group called bloom.

happy weekend to you, suzanne.


Jenny Short said...

I haven't seen you much lately and am glad you're still blogging. I missed your last post. Thought maybe you were on vacation. I've just wondered where you were. xo Jenny

Farmgirl Paints said...

Have fun next week friend. Hope with every mile you drink in God's beauty. Sounds like the trip of a lifetime. So excited for you.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

This is glorious and poignant. I love it!



Sylvia said...

I am walking this autumn season in our lives right along with you and ( Iwant to believe) I blossom and grow through these (early) autumn years just as you do I stopped overanalyzing because LIFE is simple when you do what you love and do it often; when you forget the bed and focus on the good, every day; when you CHOOSE to be happy, but happy in a way that when others look at you they become happy too...I know, it may sound cliche, but isn't is " blooming" !?
There is no doubt in my mind your Autumn will be a glowing, meaningful season!

Leslie said...

Such a wonderful message :) and I too was a late bloomer! As I celebrate my 5.3 birthday (ugh!!) my intention is too continue to bloom!! .. and the change of season is the perfect time to do a little editing!
Lovely photos Suzanne and have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Oh, how I wish we lived closer to have coffee chats in person. I'm off to Prince Charles's house next week for a garden tour - hoping for blue skies! Perhaps you are headed there too for your adventure?!

Tammy said...

Beautiful thoughts! I think I started blooming when I turned 40 -- and I would like to think that I continue to blossom with each passing year. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Tammy

Biz said...

Your words brought tears to my eyes this morning.
I couldn't agree more with you on when and how we bloom.
I hope to never stop blooming and with each season I hope to cultivate in myself something new and exciting!

I hope have a blessed weekend!


Katherine said...

Beautiful post and beautiful flowers. I really like the idea that I can still bloom as I pass into late summer, early autumn!

Jill said...

Oh, you know how this spoke to me!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Oh, beautiful Suzanne! Even if one knows a smidgen of my story, THIS post speaks to my core! I am blooming. So is #2 Son. Love your posts SO much. Enjoy your travels!!! xoxo

Sheila R - Blessed and Distressed said...

This really spoke to my heart. I too am in my autumn and hope that it is a long and beautiful one.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Jeanie said...

I love the autumn blooms -- it is like they are holding on, doing their best to give us color and life before those cold days leading into winter. Somehow I figure you are blooming just perfectly in YOUR own skin, too!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love this post, Suzanne...I realize I AM autumn blooming right to learning and new experiences and exploring my talents. I am more tolerant and understanding of others' feelings as I have experienced more in my own life at this point. I hope I continue to bloom for the rest of my life!

Tiffini said...

amen to blooming
to loving life
and adventure
enjoy YOUR adventure
love ya

Jen Kershner said...

Gorgeous! And that little house at the top just kills me with its adorableness!

pollydove said...

My mom had that same saying up on our bulletin board ALWAYS: Bloom where you are planted. I love it! (She had a few other really good ones too that have stuck with me throughout my life - yay for moms!)

I love that you have flowers blooming in the fall. It really is so lovely to see the unexpected pop of new color. Your images are beautiful. Enjoy your "adventure" this week!

Lisa at Shine Your Light said...

The cusp of autumn…..I hope it holds many sunny days for you! I am off to re-join instragram so I can catch up on your adventures….hope you are having fun wherever you are off to!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I don't mean to sound awful but I really hope I can carry on blooming my whole life - just constantly growing and, hopefully, bettering myself....but I guess only time will tell!!!


classic • casual • home said...

Oh your garden is so gorgeous! Excited to hear more of your adventure!

Suzanne said...

Such a lovely blog, I shall enjoy popping by often! I came over out of curiosity from French Garden House , as I hardly see another *Suzanne*. Not a popular name:-)

Beach House Living said...

Perfectly stated as always!


Such a sweet and encouraging post, Suzanne, that makes me glad to be in the autumnal season of my life.


pretty pink tulips said...

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful adventure right now!!! That quote, "Bloom where you are planted" has helped me so much over the years, as I have ended up in places I didn't expect or select. But, it's amazing at what can grow when you water it with a lot of positive energy!!

xoxo Elizabeth

Lili said...

Another important message in this post and such beautiful photography! I loved catching a glimpse of your backyard getaway. It is glorious!! Hopefully I'll see more of it as I get caught up with you. xo ~Lili

Palomasea said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Thank you! :)
- Irina

Jeanie said...

I have always loved Bloom where you are planted. It applies to everything in life. I know with every year, as I move less slowly than before into the autumn of my life, I see so much more, I love so much more, I appreciate so much more and I give so much more. I think it's what we do. We grow into the people we were meant to be. Took awhile -- but it happens!