Sunday, 9 October 2011

the season of yielding and gratitude

Withering petals, curling leaves, drying seed pods:  Autumn has many lessons to teach us as the garden begins closing shop for the Winter.

Fruits are ripening, seeds are maturing, daylight is waning- cool nights are upon us.  Beets, carrots, rutabagas, turnips and parsnips are in their prime right now.  Apples and pears are putting on bulk and sweetening with the cold air.  Green tomatoes that failed to ripen in the barely-there Summer are rotting on the soil.  Plants are doing their best to ensure survival and propagation, as are the animals gathering nuts and seeds; building nests and homes.  There is a simultaneous energy of collecting/building/ripening and softening/yielding/surrendering.

Autumn has always been melancholy for me.  As I get older I enjoy the romance of decay, the meditation of frost/woodsmoke/rain clouds...  the elegance of dry grass... the opportunity to fall silent....

1 comment:

  1. a fleeting season, sensed fully through your ever-lovely words and images. thank you, garden & gardener!