- fallen leaves
- colder days
- longer nights
- rain and coulds
- plants dying back
- hot cocoa
- hearty meals shared with freinds
- turning inward, self-reflection
- feeling sleepy
- picking up crafts like knitting or drawing
- chickweed, cleavers coming back to life
- apple cider
Things you DO NOT associate with autumn:
- cherry blossoms
- rhododendrons blooming
And yet, all those plants are flowering right now!
Cherry blossoms? Really? How unexpected. I can’t help but feel a twinge of pity for these trees. Have them been so over-bred for blossoms that they have lost all their natural instinct? Are they feeling sad that no bees are visiting their beautiful, pollen-filled flowers? I once knew of a dog, a pure bred collie, that had his natural shedding times bred out of him. He got his winter coat in the summer and summer coat in the winter. No surprise that the dog was miserable. Why do we humans have to mess up nature, when it was perfectly fine to begin with? I wonder if the cherry blossom is that way, or if it is natural for them to bloom now.
And the dahlias. I understand that they keep on blooming into fall, but it still makes me feel a little down despite their generous beauty. You see, I planted my first dahlia this year and it never flowered. The same variety as the ones below. To think I could be seeing my dahlia bloom like that on my back porch stings a little. Oh well, I’ll try again next year.