Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Summer Ramblings - The SIgnals of Change

This is my last Summer Ramblings, as fall starts next Wednesday.

But we who garden don't need to consult a calendar to know when fall has come. All we need to do is look outside.  The shortening days are obvious.  The angle of the sun is changing.  Nature is sending forth the signals of change.
The asters are blooming.
Sure, summer thinks it is still in charge. Some knotweed is still hanging on, refusing to stop blooming.
The nasturtiums, which will die with the first frost, still put forth blooms, soaking up the heat from a mid September warm wave.  Sunshine is plentiful and humidity is low.
The goldenrod still turns some fields - well, golden.

It is time to prepare mentally for winter.  I love the season of growing, of plentiful produce at the markets.  But, in six weeks or less, the first snows will be blowing in on the wings of winds that will chill us to the bone. Then nature will fall asleep, confident in a belief that spring will come again, one day.

Then, the cycle will begin again.

This is my 12th post for the #Septemberchallenge, hosted by Everyday Gyaan.


  1. Isn't this a wonderful time of year? I love this period when summer is finally winding down and autumn is just over the horizon. Goldenrod is certainly one of the flags that signals this change in seasons.

  2. Ah winter. A cool off would be nice.

  3. I'm marveling at the fact that despite the difference in weather, we have many of these flowers here too. Starting to wonder if they were imported into the country and have adapted to the climate. You've started me off on a search to find out more!


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