A Blue and Gold Season
I think of seasons as having colors. Winter is, of course, white. And spring is yellow and pink (think daffodils and tulips and fruit trees in bloom). Summer is a lush mix of many shades of green. And the colors of fall are blue and gold. For me, these colors represent the vibrant blue of an October sky and the golden hues of fall foliage. Today is the autumnal equinox and the official beginning of that blue and gold season.
I can find something to love about every season, but fall has always been my favorite. I don’t love heat, so the cooler temperatures of autumn are something I look forward to. And classic New England fall weather is sunny and crisp – a great time for working in the garden. I also love the vibrant colors of the leaves on our deciduous trees in fall.
The first half of September was unusually hot here, and I was feeling a bit grumpy about the way summer was hanging on. But then this week, right on cue, the weather pattern shifted. On Sunday night, I went to bed with the windows open as they had been for several months. When I woke up on Monday morning, I was greeted by a chilly house and outdoor temperatures in the mid-thirties (Fahrenheit)! I looked out at the big red maple tree that grows beside my driveway and noticed the first leaves turning color in its canopy. Then I noticed that the rhododendron on the back slope had begun to turn and the first fallen leaves of the season in the driveway. Autumn is here!
Of course, the turn from summer to autumn is also a turn toward winter (which usually arrives here in late November). It’s time to finish digging new flower beds and start preparing the garden for winter. But until the frost comes, I can enjoy the deep blue flowers of morning glories on the fence and the blooms of aster and sedums. It’s a glorious time of the year!
I am linking this post to Donna’s Seasonal Celebrations at Gardens Eye View.