I have long loved fall.

You would think as a passionate gardener

That would not be the case

With the season winding down and all.

Certainly I know what is coming

An end will come with its inevitable freeze.

But here in the middle of September

Winter is still a bit out of reach.


And what a September it is.

Endless days of crisp air and sunshine.

This is the time of the year

That the garden slows

And so do I.

My weekend gardening days

Move at a more reasonable pace.

Which gives me time to observe.

Bumble bees in flight.


Baby praying mantis

Blending in with zinnia leaves.


Even a large praying mantis

Outside the kitchen window.


Orb spider spin their amazing webs.


Butterflies bask in the soft fall sun.


And peppers finally have their day.


This is also the time of year

That pots come into their own.


They begin to ooze over the side

With the fullness of the season.


I’m not great with annuals

But September makes me look like I know what I’m doing!

Plants that were cut back in mid summer

Are coming into full bloom again.


Smaller…more contained than their spring version

But just as lovely.


The last few years

I’ve taken a new look at fall

As a time to plant.

As I pull up things that are spent

Cockscomb mostly


I plant seeds in their place.

So mixed leaf lettuce, arugula and carrot seeds

All were planted today.

Not in tidy little rows

Like most vegetable gardens.

But in the empty spaces.

I know I’ve said it many times

But fall seems like the time to repeat

The value of taking time

To observe nature

It’s seasons

It’s changes

It’s lessons.

Enjoy the week,



Filed under Arugula, Bugs, Bumble Bee, Butterflies, Carrots, cockscomb, container gardening, Fall, Fall Vegetables, Gloriosa Daisy, Orb Spider, Peppers, Seeds, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Zinnia

2 responses to “SEPTEMBER’S SONG

  1. Your Cockscomb is beautiful. I haven’t had any in a few years and I’m not sure why when looking at your wonderful photo.

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