After a long, hard week during which I barely looked up from my work to see the leaves changing colors on the trees, I had the joy of spending a couple of hours in my my garden this afternoon.
And after finishing my chores, I took a few moments to gather some blooms and other bits from the beds in true magpie fashion. I am always surprised by how much is still blooming in mid-October. Our nights haven't yet dipped down below freezing. It's chilly, but just warm enough to save the blossoms from frost.
I am reveling in the fall glory of dahlias, spirea, marigolds, asters, gaura, hydrangeas, salvia, alyssum, and even roses.
And beneath the giant white pine, the yard is covered in a blanket of russet needles sprinkled with dozens and dozens of pinecones. I'm gathering them up each day as they fall, saving them for winter fires on the long nights to come.