Friday, October 3, 2008

Remember your Keats: "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness." Only here we've not had mists. The volunteer grape tomato plants in the messy neglected garden are ripe; we pick them off the vine and munch away. The overwhelmingly large buddleia has become a pit stop for the monarch outliers that come through our area; we've seen as many as three at a time stopping and sipping. We also have several volunteer buddleias, one of which must be dug up before the Phlox that Ate Kensington is overmatched. And I need to trim back the lavender before too long. We're definitely in fall.

October is one of my favorite months. The sweet transition to winter, with it's colors and smells, has always cheered me up. I didn't have fall where I grew up, just a rainy season in February. Boring. All this change! though I've been in this area since 1978, still comes as a surprise.

What fruits are you storing for your winter? What treasures are you laying aside so in the long cold months ahead you have something to look at that is beautiful? What is your body saying to you now? Do you want more exercise? More sleep? Should you be stretching, or moving, differently, to prepare you for winter? And what experiences do you want to have this fall? I'm going to try as many new apple varieties as I can lay my hands on. The MidAtlantic region has lots of different kinds, some specific to us.

Winter is coming. This is a beautiful transitional time. Make the most of it, however you can.


jodi said...

Apples...mmmmm. I live in the Apple Capital of Nova Scotia, if not Canada, the Annapolis Valley. While a lot of the apples grown now are the popular ones for cooking, fresh eating, juice, etc, there are still farms carrying my favourites: Cox Orange Pippin, Crimson Gravenstein (good NOW, not later), Russet. But I also love Jonagold, Spigold, Golden Delicious, Gala, Jonathan, Spartan; these aren't all native to here, but they grow extremely well, and many have Cox Orange or Russet in their bloodlines (saplines?)
The Phlox that Ate Kensington? Is it called David?
;-) Because that's my star phlox here, and it's still doing well despite the winds that have been beleaguering us this week.

Duffi McDermott said...

It never occured to me to name the Phlox. It's been around since BDC. It's just...large, and eating space in the garden. And I'M ALL RIGHT WITH THAT!
I love Gala, Jonagold, and Fuji. Mebbe I can persuade the fam to go apple picking in the Piedmont of Virgina.