The brilliant fall foliage with a background of blue sky makes my heart sing.
he weather has been glorious. Perfectly blue skies providing a backdrop as the leaves change to their brilliant autumnal colors. It makes my heart sing–and mourn.
Delphinium bellamosum reigns over Candy Oh! Vivid Red rose on the left and Heterotheca villosa ‘Ruth Baumgardener’ on the right.
Not because winter is coming, per se. I live in a cold climate; winter is supposed to come.
Wild sumac blazes along the side lawn.
But not before I get through my gardening list! Yes, by the time mid-September arrives, it’s become quite clear that what seemed eminently doable in the optimism of spring has not been done.
Flowering tobacco, colchicums, and larkspur catch the morning light.
Not all of it, at least. I eventually come round to the idea that while I didn’t get everything
done, I did make progress. Having someone ask,
“How do you find time to do it all, Kathy?”
brings that into sharper focus. The one who asks that question must see something more than undone tasks.
Ironically, the long spell of beautiful weather has helped prolong my autumnal angst, because the first hard freeze helps me turn my thoughts toward indoor coziness, and so far, all of our infrequent frosts have been light.
The view at our old place, especially missed this time of year.
But it’s hard for any gardener to focus on the past, except, perhaps, to plan for the future. And as boxes of bulbs arrive, it’s clear some planning for the future was done this past spring.
Just wait till next year!
Hmm, where was I going to put these? Goodies from Odyssey Bulbs
I told myself, a little over ten years ago. Or, as my friend from Fairegarden likes to say,
In the course of finding the post that says “Just wait till next year!” I found several others bemoaning lack of progress. Reading them over, I find I am doing a bit better keeping on top of the weeds (so far) than in the past. That could have something to do with the fact that I no longer have very young children to care for.
Spring Madness: Search and Rescue
Kathy’s Hall of Shame