In the Northern Hemisphere, we are officially embarking on the autumn season; however, for those of you who live south of the equator, your Spring is just beginning.
September is often called the second spring, even for us in the north. I’ve often thought that September should be the first month on the calendar. It’s the new season for so many events…school, the kick-off for the social calendars (theatre, sports etc.) and fashion and makeup brands unveiling their most elaborate launches. For me, it’s just a breath of fresh air!
I know many of you spent the summer in your gardens, and yes, it was heavenly. This was a productive time for my garden, and although there wasn’t much time to sit and relax, enjoying the beauty in front of me, I’m happy with the progress.
With ample rain and sun, all was well (ideal, in fact) until the hail wreaked havoc, especially on the newly planted perennial garden. Many stems of the spiky liatris, lilies and obedient plants were bent or broken, and the salvia splayed out over the walkways. Leaves of the smaller mounded plants were shredded. It’s disheartening, and the garden hasn’t really rebounded since. I’ve started cutting back many perennials, which seems early.
The elm tree has started dropping its leaves, adding a golden layer of beauty over the back garden. I know there are many hours of gardening yet to do… it’s the start of my favourite season…fall.