Reflections on Fall

I can’t help but love fall. It wasn’t always this way, though. There was a time fall made me sad; it meant summer was over and so was happy outside play time. Fall meant shorter days and being cooped up inside.

Now, I love all the changes that fall brings. Tree leaves changing into golds, oranges, reds and purples create a kaleidoscope for us as we drive around town. And perennials have their own assortment of colors as well.

If you can be patient and wait for hostas to change their color before cutting them back, their foliage becomes a wonderful gold hue. If you have some of the large leaf variety, there is even more to enjoy with their dynamic splash of color in the garden.

Hydrangea macrophylla flowers slowly fade from the bright blues and pinks of summer into warmer reds and beiges as fall progresses. It is a soft, subtle shift, delightful to watch.

I even have to admire the roses for giving one last push of blooms before the killing frost. If you don’t pay attention because the cold keeps you inside, you could miss this final show your roses provide.

The show is almost finished for this year but don’t let that stop you from going outside and looking around to see who is still delighting your eyes and spirit. Even though you might not like the change of seasons forcing you indoors against the cold, wrap up in a coat and walk among your gardens, your neighborhood.  Even in fall, all that Mother Nature offers can bring joy and contentment.

Fall is falling, but it has a favorite spot in my heart.