"Autumn arrives, array'd in splendid mein;
Vines, cluster'd full, add to the beauteous scene,
And fruit-trees cloth'd profusely laden, nod,
Complaint bowing to the fertile sod."
- Farmer's Almanac, 1818
I love walking through the garden on these cold gray rainy days. So many things are starting to turn - some flowers are withered, squash leaves are turning brown, the finches have picked the sunflower heads clean. But there is also so much still happening! All of the late summer flowers are in bloom and their bright colors pop on those dark wet days.
So many tomatoes still green (will they make it before the frost?), leeks and chives green and tall. Radish and spinach seedlings just peeking out of the soil.
Squash turning golden and leaves turning brown amidst the fuchsia petunias.
Raspberries ripening - so sweet and juicy they never make it into the house in our basket but are eaten right off the cane.
And the pumpkins are turning orange! We have had pumpkin vines winding through bushes, around prairie grasses, through lemon balm, over deck railings and across morning glories. Only now as the plants thin a bit and the pumpkins are turning orange can we even see where they are or how many we have. The boys love finding that peek of orange which signals another renegade pumpkin. We have some smaller ones, but we discovered a very large one in a bush the other day - very exciting!
We love the cooler days and the rain. Fall is almost upon us!