Actually, these mums are still in pots awaiting planting into bigger pots that will grace the back deck for the fall season. They look so pretty, all bunched together, that I can't resist the temptation to take a photo or two.
The bottom photo is copyrighted differently because it's going to go into my folder of photos to be made into note cards.
When I have the time.
And the inclination.
Well, the inclination is there, so I think it must be the time.
We've been having several delicious autumn days of sun and relative warmth. I can see the fog bank lurking a few hundred yards to the west. We are, as my neighbor says, "in the smug zone".
I was going to post a photo of the full moon that I took at 6:30 this morning to welcome in Autumn, but I guess my camera is still a bit wonky (or maybe the user is) and they didn't come out well.
Did you see the full moon last night with Jupiter shadowing it all night long until dawn? It was stunning. A rare view. Watch for it tonight if the skies are clear in your neighborhood.
I know many gardeners welcome signs of autumn; a time to gather in all the summer's bounty and preserve it for the colder months to come. A time to finally stop weeding and put the garden to bed for the winter, unless, of course, you plant a winter garden. A time to put an extra blanket on the bed, make soups and stews, get out those projects you've been wanting to do - hopefully you will have time now with the longer nights.
Lettuce, peas, fava beans, chard, kale all grow well in my garden come the cooler days of fall and I hope to be planting some of them this month. Even potatoes overwinter here. I guess I shouldn't grouse so much about not being able to grow tomatoes.
Sunsets unobstructed by fog have been woefully lacking this summer, so even though this photo is a bit dark because I didn't think to get my camera (I was that entranced by the actual sun) until it was almost too late, here is my offering to Sky Watch Friday, because I actually experienced a full on, no-holds-barred sunset this evening. And not a shred of fog around. Whoo-hoo!