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Friday, November 8, 2019

Gourds & Pumpkins Put a YES in November!

No sun--no moon!
No morn--no noon!
No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
No sky--no earthly view--
No distance looking blue--

No road--no street--
No "t'other side the way"--
No end to any Row--
No indications where the Crescents go--
No top to any steeple--
No recognitions of familiar people--
No courtesies for showing 'em--
No knowing 'em!

No mail--no post--
No news from any foreign coast--
No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
No company--no nobility--
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
November!


The first week of November comes to a close tonight and before that happens, it's high time for me to share Thomas Hood's poem (which is posted directly above) about this month, which has been something I've done in bygone years when writing about November.

Because it's usually true that there are no flowers in November or if there are they can be few and far between, at least in my rooftop garden where a lone flower is blooming on my anemone (as seen in the image below)...


... where she is posing with two of my pumpkins (a Fairytale as well as a "standard" variety).

Therefore, to add color to my garden, Juan V helped me place gourds and pumpkins which are mostly from Pam Torres's farm (Prospect Hill Orchards) in different locations throughout my outdoor space. 

Some of the results can be seen in the next series of photographs.








Juan  V and I are not the only ones to put a yes in our November by adding pumpkins and gourds.

A number of brownstones have added them to their steps or window sills as seen in the following three pictures...





... and one has even added a touch of patriotism...


...for after all, one of the yes-es in November is a chance to honor our veterans with an annual holiday (Veterans Day) which takes place this coming Monday.




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