It’s probably a surprise that someone who loves gardening the way I do, could be so hopelessly in love with Autumn! It is, without a doubt, my favorite time of the year. And although the calendar will not acknowledge it until next week, Autumn came to Maryland today in a beautiful way, and I am over the moon with excitement!
The reality is that I am ready for a break from the nightly ritual of watering, weeding, and deadheading that is part of every gardener’s routine. The cooler temperatures lure me inside for the evening and invite me to appreciate home and hearth.
Dinner tonight consists of a large assortment of roasted vegetables (with just a hint of garlic) and a loaf of crusty bread. As I record this post, my beverage has already transitioned from my typical soda on ice to a cup of hot chocolate, made more enticing with a small stick of peppermint (left over from last Christmas), served in my favorite man-sized pottery mug.
For the past several weeks, the house has been slowly beginning its transformation that highlights dried gourds, pinecones, and other reminders that nature always makes the best interior designer.
Perhaps tonight after dinner, I will begin the ceremonial “changing of the closets.” Soon the tank tops will hibernate for the winter and my cozy sweaters will once again fill my armoire while my boots tap their heels impatiently awaiting their first walk of the season.
And as for the gardener that will always bloom in my soul…. as Albert Camus so eloquently put it, “autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.”