owards the end of summer tended gardens turn Wabi Sabi. Overnight the tidiness explodes with a last Hurrah! of summer. The closing afternoons of warm light trick the Cosmos and Nasturtium into reseeding by believing of an eternal summer. 

The twilight comes earlier and earlier as the day hours slip away. Early morning light-time in summer is used to garden, so when it fades in the autumn you haven’t really lost time. No garden, no extra time. It evens out. You just got the tilling done.

I do love seeing the trees turn into the crunchy withered russet and yellow hues of autumn. One can see a new depth in the landscape not noticed when everything is green. 

In Colorado sometimes a heavy snow falls in October before the trees loose their sap. There are many oddly misshaped trees around. When the snow storms at night I would wake up wincing at the noise of limbs ripping off trees. Unknown to the ways of nature, I’d get up, put on a coat over my PJs, pull on my boots, go out and hit the branches to loose the heavy wet stuff and avoid breakage. Eventually I realized my neighbors weren’t out saving the trees in the middle of the night and figured my actions were dorkish. I stopped my nightly tree carousing lest I be branded as the loopy lady and given the Native name Woman with Broom Beating Trees.

I guess what doesn't kill ’em makes ’em stronger.


  1. Great post and very timely. Only last night I had one of those "my goodness the nights are closing in" moments and the weather over here this weekend reminds me that summer is a'going out

  2. lol. seasons fold into each other...i look forward to fall my favorite time of the year...cool days among the trees...

  3. Love your description of autumn; things do become clearer when all the green has left...and I miss Colorado winters :(

  4. I wouldn't think you were a loopy lady! I would think you are a champion of tree folk. Lovely post and my garden is definitely Wabi Sabi.

  5. I would love to live somewhere where it snows. I miss the big snowfalls we had in N.J. when I was a kid. You had me laughing at the visual of you hitting the branches with a broom. I would probably do the same! We would make good neighbors.

  6. I'm so jealous of those tomatoes - it rains so much here I have to pick the green fruits and store them in a cupboard until they ripen.