In The Garden: Season Change
There are those who say that the seasons in South Florida don’t change much, and I understand why, but if you are in the garden the change of season is not so subtle.
I was at a Mark Stanley’s Everyone’s Birthday Celebration Pot Luck two weeks ago. The weather was still wicked hot, and it was a great end of summer reunion for some of us who hadn’t seen each other for a few months, and a good opportunity to share our summer perennial foods. Most of my very wise friends looked great! Rested, tall, clean, cool and calm. I on the other hand have worked myself into a frazzle this summer and I think I prolly looked as ragged out as I felt that day. There have been circumstances that have forced me to press through the worst summer heat outdoors, but enough for excuses.
Yesterday, Oct. 3, 2o15, (Happy Birthday Lucie) I was out in the sun at noon on the mulch pile loading up a truckload of mulch for delivery to a client. For the first time since summer laid itself upon us I felt a chill in the wind that blew in from the west. Half the goose bumps I got were from the pure thrill of it.
This morning it was in the 60’s and the humidity has dropped. Rain just chased me indoors so I take this moment to make sure to express my gratitude for this seasonal change, change to shorter days, to cooler dryer weather, to chill breezes from the northwest cut by a warm tropical sun, and to annual vegetables. Most of us already have sprouts up in the garden now. This is our gorgeous time of year, and the annual food is going to be delicious!
Go dig up a flannel shirt, we’re having a few cool nights.