Summer has spun ever faster this year, but suddenly we are nearing the moment when the merry-go-round man flips the switch, slowing us down, easing us--whether we want it or not--into that last turn towards Fall.
August in Maine is always spectacular, and this one especially so, which we needed after a winter of record-breaking snows, a spring of bitter rains, and a July that was either light-the-fire cold or run-to-Walmart-for-a-window-AC hot. The last two weeks have been blissful, sunshiny warm. The coneflowers and brown-eyed Susans have thrived, the dahlias have exploded like fireworks, and the roses have bloomed, bloomed, and bloomed some more.
I am working on a garden post to show you how much the new beds have grown. Summer in Maine is short. Gardening's a challenge, especially since we are under snow so much of the year, but those months of bloom that we do get are all the more special for it. And for me, September just might be the best of them all, so I will have much to show you.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few links to special places in our area. If you live here or are planning a trip to Maine soon, here's a very short list of summer/early fall love:
The Well at Jordan's Farm (dine by candlelight in a field of flowers)
Kettle Cove Creamery (dessert after the The Well perhaps :)--take it to the beach to watch sunset)
Five Islands Lobster Company (Real Maine food in a stunning location)
Casco Bay Lines Sunrise Cruise (leaves at 5 a.m.--absolutely beautiful tour of the bay)
Portland Trails (walk or bike for miles on beautiful trails)
Coastal Maine Botanical Garden (an award-winning garden right on the coast--loads of walking trails)
I'll have more links soon!
For now, I hope all of you in this hemisphere are soaking up every last bit of summer beauty you can.