Since it’s October 10, 2010, and I completely stole this idea from Carol of May Dreams Garden, here are ten things which show the seasons do change even when the weather seems to be stuck on 85F.
10. My Charlotte, who I’ve been watching spin her web and catch bugs for about a month looked sickly yesterday. This morning, she was gone. Sigh, but she left egg sacks on the gutter system. I, like Wilbur, will protect them for her.
9. The mornings are beginning later, for Brother Sun anyway. I’m still up at 6:00 a.m. Monday through Friday to get the kids to school. I only take Bear now though. The others drive themselves. St. Francis, who is said to have composed the Canticle of the Creatures, had his feast day October 4.
8. A pronounced nip in the morning air makes me grab a light sweater before my walk. By afternoon, I am peeling it off.
7. The goldenrod is in bloom with Solidago rigida, rigid goldenrod, blooming last. All help pollinators on their way south so if you have room plant some.
6. The native asters and a few cultivars are doing their dance. I caught a bumblebee, above, sleeping in the arms of one of the flowers. Take a tip from my Gail of Clay and Limestone, and pet one of these creatures before they are gone.
5. Native sumac is putting a fiery red show. Living out on the country, I drive by several different types from Rhus lanceolata, prairie flameleaf sumac, to Rhus aromatica, aromatic sumac. All are beautiful and tell me the leaves on the scrub oaks and cotton woods will soon be turning orange and yellow, respectively.
4. Roses are again blooming after their summer vacation. When it’s so hot in summer, I don’t dismay about their absence. Instead, I think of them as queens traveling throughout the English countryside. I would do so if I could.
3. Have you noticed the light is different? Photographs are easier to take in the fall and spring than in mid-summer at mid-day.
2. College football and high school softball are in full swing with my Sooners 5 and 0, and MSM’s softball team won the State Championship for the first time ever. This makes my heart very glad.
1. Tender perennials are enjoying their last week outdoors soaking up the sun before I bring them inside. Like Frances of Fairegarden, I’m overwintering a lot of my coleus this year. Even though they are inexpensive, I’m not always guaranteed to find the same cultivars next spring. Plus, I’ll want to buy some different ones.
What do you notice is different on 10-10-10?