It may sound strange, but this gardener loves autumn just as much as spring. I love the crisp air, the geese honking above as they migrate south, and the vibrant red, yellow, and orange leaves that swirl in the wind. I even admire the poison ivy’s beauty–but from afar, very afar.
It’s fun to decorate inside and outside the house with pumpkins, gourds, chrysanthemums, Indian corn, and those hardy old marigolds. This year, I added ornamental peppers to the decorating mix. As you can see in the photos, they look like little red tomatoes. They should turn orange soon and look like tiny pumpkins…at least that’s the plan.
I love fall food, too. On a chilly night, our food is soup filled with tomatoes, potatoes, onions, herbs, beans, corn, and carrots (and whatever else I find in the freezer and pantry) that have been harvested and preserved from our garden.
The real reason I love autumn is that it’s a season for taking a deep breath and giving thanks for our garden produce, be it edible or just decorative. I realize there is a day in November set aside for that purpose, but Thanksgiving gets short shrift as we rush into December and the holiday season. Besides, one day of thanksgiving isn’t nearly enough.
I encourage you all to grab a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate and walk around outside and enjoy the colors, the sounds, and the feel of autumn. It’s such a gift of joy!