Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Last Rose Of Summer


















"'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone."
-   Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830




Every September the last rose of summer loses her petals. On this Labor Day my roses are losing their soft velvet petals  to the September wind and rain of Tropical Storm Lee from the Gulf of Mexico. I must not complain, for the storm brought an end to the three digit temperatures and month long drought. The entire month of August brought less than an inch of rain, while Labor Day brought six inches. 
My son, daughter-in-law, grandson and sister and brother-in-law came for the weekend. We celebrated the first football game of the season with a brunch on campus and a birthday celebration for our son with a backyard barbecue. 
So as we say goodbye to summer and welcome September we have the lovely autumn colors to look forward to.


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The Last of Summer's Roses







Gameday







46 comments:

  1. Like your series, I guess we have to say goodbye to summer hello fall!

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  2. Your roses were so beautiful. I hate to tell mine goodbye, too.

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  3. Lovely rosesI hate to see the flower go..no frost yet but it will take them

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  4. It looks like you had a great game day brunch. The menu looks so perfect for game day. Great photos of your roses. Mine are mostly gone because of the lack of rain for so long. My noisette has had a few lately, but that's it. Even my Knock Outs have stopped blooming.
    I enjoyed your welcome to Fall.
    Babs

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  5. Emily, looks like your weekend was full of fun times with family. Glad you all had this special time together. Your roses are beautiful!

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  6. I LOVE those football strawberries! :)

    Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Liz

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  7. Your flowers and photos are beauti! Looks like you had a very fun game day!

    Remember Potpourri Friday! I hope you will bring one of your projects to the party again this week. Link-up starts on Thursday afternoon. Without a doubt, your participation will help make the party better!

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  8. Your flowers are always so lovely, your gsons are handsome boys! Too bad about that Lee ruining your Labor Day! Your game day looked like a great time. xo,

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  9. Hate to see the summer pass, but that game day food looks yummy,especially those cute chocolate covered football strawberries!
    Patti

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  10. Your roses are so pretty! Roll Tide, Emily! We are going to the N Texas game :D

    Great mosaics and photos from around The Capstone. I am so thankful for the rain, too. Thank goodness we only lost power for two hours compared to some other areas in Birmingham who lost their power for a couple of days!

    Lovely post!

    xoxoxoxoxo,
    Ricki Jill

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  11. Such a beautiful post..looks like you got the perfect day for gameday!! Sounds like a lot of fun and the flowers are all so beautiful. Great pictures and what adorable boys!!

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  12. Loved seeing all the lovely things you shared. Of course, my greatest love is the stunning flowers.

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  13. The heat in Texas this summer kept my rose blooms to a minimum. It's great to see yours.

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  14. Sounds like a lot of fun activity in a short span of time. Your roses are lovely, by the way. Mine did not survive this intense heat very long.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday each week, Emily.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  15. So many of you are wishing summer goodbye this week. It is making me sad, but, I do love fall! Your roses are lovely! Looks like game day was a fun outing! Thanks for coming by so often and commenting. I am a bad commenter through out the week, but I haven't missed a comment yet on this party! So glad to see you here and thank you so much for joining me!
    Sherry

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  16. Your roses are just breathtaking. I am a total rose lover. So pretty!

    Barb

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  17. Your roses are still so pretty, mine are not. You have a lovely family...Christine

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  18. Its so hard to say goodbye to summer, as pretty as fall is it means winter is just behind.
    What a sweetie Connor is and a very happy birthday to Jay. Love that football season is here. All that football food looked great.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  19. Your roses are beautiful. So happy you had a wonderful day.

    Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday. Your participation made a more successful party. I appreciate you!

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  20. it's always a little bittersweet to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall...but it happens every year! thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!

    alison

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  21. Emily your roses are still so beautiful! You should see my poor sad babies....We haven't really had a summer here yet in the Pacific Northwest so although Fall is my favorite time of year...I'm not ready yet!! I still NEED more sun! *winks*

    What delish foods for game day! Those strawberries are adorable! Sounds like a perfect one to me. And Conner is getting so big! What a darling handsome boy he is! Vanna

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  22. Great job on your mosaics...especially the food ones! Thanks for linking up to Open House Party!

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  23. Looks like you had a fantastic game day and Labor Day! Beautiful flowers! I am looking forward to fall and all the beauty that comes with it! Thanks for stopping by!

    ~Trisha

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  24. Happy Pink Saturday and what a wonderful game day!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  25. It's another Pink Saturday...and I pray each one of you will have a great week-end..and even some pink sugary fun! God Bless you
    Kandy

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  26. Your roses are beautiful, your photographs also! I'm having a hard time saying goodbye to Summer. :(
    Happy Birthday to Jay!

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  27. The last rose of summer is gorgeous. Hard to believe fall is right around the corner. Where do the time go?

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  28. You still have some very pretty blooms before the last days are over. Mine have all burned up this year.

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  29. Beautiful roses. A beautiful tribute to summer and a wonderful hello to fall. So many pretty photos of your beauties.. and young men! xo marlis

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  30. Love your roses. Thanks for posting such beautiful images. I am looking forward to fall!

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  31. Such gorgeous images! Thank you SO MUCH for posting those. I am so very glad that the tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa this past spring did not destroy the UofA campus as it did much of the city. I saw your post over at "Masterpiece Monday".

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  32. So hard to say good bye. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  33. What beautiful photos of the roses! Your game day food looks soo delish, tailgating and football are always fun--something to look forward to at summer's end! Thanks for visiting with me, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you!!

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  34. I like that one shot of the blue sky.

    Happy Blue Monday.

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  35. Wonderful roses. Thanks for sharing!
    Markus

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  36. Pretty captures.

    My Blue Monday is here.

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  37. Your roses are lovely, I love the pink colored roses. The food looks so good, Im sure everyone had a great time. Wonderful photos and mosaic.

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  38. I know it is sad that the flowers are all going to be leaving us but I love fall too. Great photo series. Have a great week!

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  39. The last rose of summer has yet to bloom up here, where we're having a true Indian summer - lovely heat wave. I'm dying to know what praline bacon is.

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  40. Hi Emily, that is a pretty pink rose. Mine are blooming a little bit still. Please share your rain with us. hugs♥Olive

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  41. Looks like fun!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
    Sarah

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  42. Beautiful flowers, Emily! Looks like you have had a wonderful summer! Thanks so much for your sweet comments and for entering my Annie Sloan giveaway! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

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  43. Beautiful post.
    So glad ya'll had such fun together. Nothing like having good times with loved ones.:)

    I take it you've not received your dressings. I do remember the last time I had a giveaway for them, it took some time to ship. Not sure why..doon't give up...they will be there. :))
    xo bj

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  44. Hi, I love your beautiful pics of your roses and your family. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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