Yesterday was the last day of fall, and I went for a walk in my garden. What did I find? Come with me, and I'll show you.
Enter the woodlands with the mossy paths.
Garden, the cat will greet you. She's not my cat! But she's always there, and I've finally named her. Maybe her family calls her Tootsie or something like that, but she and I know her real name is Garden.
Fall is passing away. There is the last geranium leaf.
Hydrangea blossoms are crinkly and dry.
Goldmound spirea leaves, colors flaming before the end.
Japanese maple leaves litter the ground.
I found these signs of fading fall.
But don't stop! Follow the path. There's more to see.
Mahonia buds soon will be blooming.
And there are flowers! We see the last roses,
The first camellia blooms,
Is it spring? No, it's only a tease. Winter is coming to Alabama, sharp and cold, but just enough to give me frosty toes and an excuse to buy a new coat. It won't last long, a couple of months, and then it will be - Spring!
This post is dedicated to friends whose gardens will a spend long winter napping under blankets of snow. Just think, while you are resting with your hot chocolate, it will be time for me to get out the hoe, shovel, and trowel and get to work!