Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall - Flowers, Fear and Floods

It's the season for mums, pumpkins, corn stalks and turning leaves here in upstate New York.  But, on this last day of September, what we are getting instead is rain.

And, perhaps, more rain.

For me, living in a neighborhood damaged by a flood four years ago this September, it causes anxiety. (Interested? Read my posts from around September 10, 2011, forward.) I've blogged before about how the sound of rain, once a source of pleasure, no longer is.

We are under a flood watch, as is much of the East Coast of the United States, not from this storm, but from Tropical Storm Joaquin, still way off shore. But, despite that, fall marches on.

My yard, this year, has a lot of fall interest. Fall is such a beautiful time of year here - too bad it also makes me realize what is coming next.

Let's not think of that (the "s" word), shall we?  Instead lets think of these, on this last day of September, using photos taken several days ago.
My cultivated Northeast Asters (Michaelmas Daisies) glow towards sunset.
Hardy mums (not mums purchased at the store just for the season.
More hardy mums.

And one more sunset view, this time from last week - Japanese anemones.

All we on the East Coast can do now is wait for whatever is in store for us.  In the meantime, I'd like to thank everyone who commented on my post yesterday.  I haven't responded to all the comments, but I will.

What is fall like, where you live?  Do you live in a four season climate?  Or, is it spring where you live?


  1. I watched the clouds roll thru here yesterday and only saw a smattering of rain. Guess I'll have to drag out the hoses again this week.

  2. Fall is absolutely gorgeous on the West coast of Canada. I live in the Lower Mainland and we have the most stunning hues of gold, crimson, orange just lighting up the streets. I drive even slower down my street just to take it all in. Every fall I am completely taken aback by how brilliant it all is. Contrary to what people believe about Canada, our winters are not all snow - at least not in the Lower Mainland of B.C. Winters are mostly just wet and we have a few rare snow days. By February, signs of spring show up. I feel lucky to live here!

  3. Your autumn blooms are looking really good. Perhaps they will relish the rain, but I understand that Joaquin may be headed up the East Coast with the possibility of heavy rains for everyone in its path. Stay safe.

  4. I heard about the storms coming your way and thought of you. Here's hoping that it isn't as bad as they're forecasting.


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