|Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'.|
In all likelihood, we probably did have some nice summer days, but they are crowded out by the memory of one hot, dry day after the next through most of July and August.
Now that it is October, the mornings are cool and the afternoons are warm, but not hot. The sun is shining and the sky is as blue as the aptly named aster, 'October Skies' (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies'.)
There are many signs, though, that this is October, not summer. The most obvious sign is the shortened days. Until we "fall back" an hour for the seasonal time change, it is dark in the mornings until well past 7:00 am. It also gets dark earlier each evening.
Outside, the leaves of the honey locust blanket the newly planted ground cover bed around its base.
In this same bed one of the toad-lilies is blooming.
|Tricyrtis 'Imperial Banner'|
Elsewhere in the back, at the edge of Plopper's Field, my passalong asters are all blooming now, too.
I also know that these October summer days will not last forever.
I find myself wanting to admire the days away rather than scurry around the garden preparing for winter like the squirrels are doing now. I'll fight that urge to just sit and be, though hopefully there is time for that, too. I'll mow the lawn, which is growing like summer now. Soon I'll be planting bulbs for spring flowers. Two of four bulb orders have already been delivered; the other two orders are surely on their way.
I'll perhaps add some mulch to the flower beds and plant a hand for Halloween.
These October days have been the best days of summer... even though it is fall now.