Autumn

Volume 6, Issue 91; 01 Oct 2003

The first of October seems a fitting time to acknowledge the arrival of autumn…in the northern hemisphere, at least.

I trust in Nature for the stable laws
Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
And Autumn garner to the end of time
Robert Browning

The first of October seems a fitting time to acknowledge the arrival of autumn. Autumn in the northern hemisphere, at least; “happy spring!” to all my friends and colleagues on the other side of the equator.

Up here, the nights are crisp and the leaves are starting to shift through the spectrum.

Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves

The rudbeckia, standing tall in the misty morning light of late September, have faded noticably in the last few days. Soon, very soon, it’ll be time to prepare the beds for winter.

Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia

And when our rose-of-sharon stops blooming and settles down for the winter, time to move it as well.

Rose-of-Sharon
Rose-of-Sharon

It’s in a very poor spot, at the edge of our driveway, where the snowplow invariably mauls it. A transplant from my in-laws yard in New York, it was originally a tree form, now it’s a bush, as the first year’s plow snapped it off at ground level. If it can survive that, it’ll survive transplanting again. I hope.