This question arrived on the cover of the latest J. Crew catalog last week, and my knee-jerk reaction was an emphatic NO!. I am so not ready to trade my bright-colored sundresses and flip-flops for darker sweaters and boots. I didn’t get enough time on and in the water this summer, and I definitely did not eat enough peaches or gazpacho.
I beg to differ with one of my favorite authors.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Habitually Chic featured this quote last week in an ode to the onset of Autumn. All it did was give me a chill and make me think of the end of things.
Unlike others of the posse, I am never ready to say good-bye to a season, especially summer. Maybe it has to do with the fact that a change of season is such a definite reminder of the passage of time. The transitions feel almost as poignant as watching one year slip into the next at midnight on New Year’s Eve but without the benefit of champagne. The only season that I am ever ready to say good-bye to is Fall. The winter solstice means the days start getting longer. The shortening days really are the worst part of Fall.
So as not bring you down, I’ve been trying to thinking of the things that I do like about Fall. Football is the first thing that comes to mind, but watching my teams has been a bit painful this year. That’s why tailgating is so popular. It helps calm (or at least distract) the nerves before games and then ease the pain of loss afterwards.
The exuberant color of Fall flowers is another favorite. Thankfully I managed to sow some zinnia seeds this year. They’ll thrive in one spot in our yard if the deer don’t get to them. The happy faces of these festive flowers always put a smile on my face when I pull in the driveway.
Recently a group of garden club members gathered for a little Fall flower arranging. Everyone brought cuttings from their yards and a Ball jar, and we got to sharing. Even though you might not think that the simple gaudy colors of zinnia will work with more elegant hydrangeas and fragrant gardenias, newly bloomed from bushes offering a second round of heavenly scent, take a look at these creations.
gardenia, zinnias, lavender, rosemary, sedum, Solomon’s seal, hosta
Aren’t they such a perfect microcosm of the Fall garden? If they work well together outside, they’ll work inside your home, too.
Our garden club activity would be great for any posse to do. Get your girlfriends together for coffee or a light lunch and ask everyone to bring a bucket of cuttings from the garden (or the side of the road) and a Ball jar. They’ll leave with a little pick-me-up and a perky arrangement of flowers. It’s the perfect attitude adjustment for anyone who, like me, is dreading Fall’s arrival tonight at 10:29 p.m. So, are you ready for Fall?
September 22, 2014