Is it a curse or a blessing–no rain and temperatures in the high 60s and 70s?I’m not complaining. It’s not raining, and that means I have more time to procrastinate about planting the bulbs and perennials here in Sonoma County CA. But it also means we must continue to water the gardens and lawn, what’s left of them. However, with cooler nights, dewier mornings, and shorter days, we don’t have to irrigate as much.
I took a walk around the neighborhood this evening. The colors are brilliant and intense, enough to make a poet wax eloquent. But the photos speak for themselves. Roses are still in full bloom, appreciating the sun lower on the horizon and not blasting them all day long. The neighbors don’t know whether to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving or to get a jumpstart on Christmas. Some do both, just in case. The ginkos are pulling for Thanksgiving though many of their leaves are on the pavement rather than on the branches. But when the sun channels its rays onto them, they appear like clouds of gold suspended above the street. Cars drive slowly through, passengers gawking at the gold, tires whipping up small whirlwinds of fragile leaves. Some folks are lucky enough to have hydrangeas still blooming, while most display the typical faded, green-toned orbs clinging to the upright branches. But winter will arrive soon enough, no snow, but often endless rain and cloudy days. Some local microclimates will get what we call “hard” frost, say at 25° or 30° though it’s gone by 10 a.m. when the temperature rises to 50° or 60°. You laugh as you’re shoveling your two feet of snow or covering your windows to protect from the next storm. You know what REAL winter is, don’t you?