It’s October and the pumpkin recipes are appearing just like Santa’s at Christmas.
Christmas decorations will start appearing in stores in October. So maybe someone will be a “haunted Santa” for Halloween?
That’s fortunately not the case at my house.
In mid-Michigan I have had cooler temperatures and rain. After drought-like conditions in the early part of the summer, the rain we’ve had the last couple of days certainly fills up my need for dark, cloudy days.
Though those days make other colors pop, right?
And the other colors are on their way. I’ve already blown a few leaves around. Plenty more are on their way.
As I said, temperatures are dropping and I’m pretty sure we’ve seen the last of the 80s. We may get lucky and have a few more days of 70-degrees, but those are mostly gone as well. There haven’t been any nights in the 30s, so my indoor plants are still outside.
I’ve been talking to them and letting them know it’s about time to come inside. They are not excited. They love being outside, feeling the wind, rain, and sunshine. Still, I’m sure they wouldn’t like the snow (hush, don’t say that four-letter word) so they will be coming inside within the month.
I’ve even turned the heat on in the house. This is an annual event, one that I try to avoid for as long as possible. Given that I don’t like cold, I think I do pretty good if I make it to the end of September. This year I made it, just barely.
As you can imagine, the garden is slowly shutting down for the winter, too. There is a lot of green, some mottled colors, and a few bright spots of color here and there.
Let’s walk around the yard and see what’s happening.
First, what happened to the veggie garden? It’s going to become a tulip and daffodil bed. But in the meantime, it looks like this.
The morning glories are at their best now. Or would be if I’d bothered to put strings on the old clothesline post. Oh well, there’s always next year.
The black-eyed susan’s are still shiny bright, though also on their way to sleep for the winter.
The hibiscus might have one more hurrah. Or not. We’ll see.
In the front yard, the daylillies and climbing rose are long done, and their leaves are beginning to turn brown.
But what’s that bright spot at the back of the photo?
Hydrangea, of course, putting on a lovely autumn show.
Even the leaves of the hydrangea are interesting in autumn, and slowly change from green to maroon.
It’s a busy time outside with the arrival of autumn. Leaves to blow, bulbs to plant, garage to rearrange so both the outside furniture and my car will fit inside. I’ve got a getaway planned, and need to visit my favorite cider mill. And -just like nature- I’ve got a bunch of things brewing behind the scenes.
None of which I will speak at this time.
It’s the season of darkening days, of keeping secrets, of surprising bursts of color. Enjoy.