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
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
Enjoy the week,