The Autumn Equinox is approaching. A few days from now, the balance of light and dark will tip toward dark, and that dark will grow until the Winter Solstice in December. Despite the dread that may fill a summer- and sun-loving heart upon reading such words, life cycles on. The light will return, the seasons will change, and we change with it. We may not feel our changes ourselves, the myopia of familiarity blinding us to our subtle alterations, but always, we grow, we turn, we are part of this seasonal cycle. We are a part of this natural world.
Now, though, we enter autumn. The fall is a time of such abundance, the harvest coming in, the apples, and pumpkins, and squash, oh my! And in our garden, we've finally had the bloom we've been waiting for all year: the Crimson-Eyed Rosemallow!
This beauty is our only native Hibiscus here in the Northeast US. And she just opened her first flower on Sept. 17th this year. How amazing is she?
Such a wonderful late season treat - while so many other flowers have faded, it is sheer joy to have these big blooms finally take the stage. Other great flowers are still going strong, too - like the cheery native Rudbeckia,
or the Asters! So many asters! And so many kinds of asters! We have three species in our yard alone! They are just so charming, bringing a sweet enthusiasm to the fall landscape. Look how cute these little guys are!
On the larger side of the spectrum, there is the New England Aster, a showy dark purple:
Ah, so much loveliness. Mother Nature provides, dear ones. Mother Nature does not leave us bereft of hope or beauty. The deepening dark will be escorted in with a flare of fall colors, to warm our hearts and lighten our spirits.
All the best to you as we glide into Autumn, sweet birds!
The Tidy Thyme Crew