October 13, 2013

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October inherits summer’s hand-me-downs: the last of the ironweed, its purple silken tatters turning brown, and the tiny starry white asters tumbling untidily on the ground like children rolling with laughter; stiff, drying Black-Eyed Susans whose dark eyes gleamed from July’s roadsides; coneflowers with deep yellow petals surrounding brown pincushion centers from which bumblebees still are sipping honey.  The assignment of yellow is taken up now by thin-leafed wild sunflowers and artichokes.
–   Rachel Peden

 

FOCUS:  Nature

I love the image of October inheriting summer’s hand-me-downs.  It is so befitting of the state of the gardens this time of year.  Yet even in this weary, ragged state there is still so much beauty.

 

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