Welcome to austinagrodolce … My family and I garden with more intention and enthusiasm than allocated budget or overall design plan. It shows. Wildlife populations don't seem to notice our lack of cohesive design, they just like the native plants here. It seems by growing local we've thrown out a welcome mat. Occasionally, we're surprised at who (and what) shows up.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Second Day of Autumn!

Sure, sure.  Most people would indeed be wishing you a happy first day of Autumn.

Do we really want to waste time quibbling about whether it is more important to celebrate a first than a second day? All while cooler morning air evaporates into another stark reminder that Autumn in Central Texas is more a suggestion than seasonal change?

I thought not.

There will certainly be no shortage of internet foliage shots available if borrowed imagery is your deal.

And yet?  I find the color we get around these parts, the show that begins after a couple of welcomed rains in combination with cooled overnight air, though mostly of the Last Gasp Flowering variety? It is soothing and inspiring in its own way.

So if it is colored leaves you desire, please feel free to look elsewhere.  To follow is everything I've got to ease your summer weary eyes...

I listened, straining.
Shook my head
and listened once more.

It was then I heard her.

"I too, 
am Autumn's offering"
the Pomegranate was whispering
in my garden.

"Do I not embrace cooler mornings, 
eased afternoons,
respite from summer's braggadocio of heat?"

"I flower and fruit,
offering tribute to 
all that is,
has been,
or can be."

"You callously 
worship leaves
as they lose their life stream."

I heard her sigh.

"But I too,
I too am Autumn."


Cat said...

Yes, it is truly subtle around here but it's all we've got! Your autumn garden has lots to offer. Glad she whispered to you and you were inspired to share.

TexasDeb said...

Cat: Thanks as always for dropping in and leaving a note. I really appreciate it - it is regular readers such as yourself that keep it fun to share.

Tina said...

Lovely, lovely post, TexasDeb. I love our long, drawn-out autumn color. I love that our perennials burst forward, after those late summer rains, with color and life. I love that our trees change, slowly over several months, well into December. Thank you for this reminder of our special fall.

TexasDeb said...

Thank you Tina. I hear time and time again how we here in Texas don't have a "real" Autumn and I'm with you - I don't buy it. I think our version of autumn is every bit as engaging as anyplace else in the world. So there. I said it!