What Time Is It?

Chapel Garden

Chapel Garden

 The slow start to warm weather has upset my inner clock.  The calendar tells me it is late July, but it doesn’t feel like it.  Nestled in a shaded garden, the snapshot above of the chapel with summer lillies looks and feels more like autumn. 
I need a few days at the beach [Door County would be nice] or a round of 90 degree days to reset my timer.  Realistically,we have another month of possible “hot”  before I begin putting out pumpkins.  If Illinois weather resurfaces, that will happen about the time the kids return to classrooms without air conditioning… 
Guaging when to set out seasonal merchandise is tricky.  It is all about sensing the desires of your customers.  Unless I’m wrong, autumn may arrive sooner this year than expected. 

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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