Fall is the most exciting season for decorating. Partly because it comes after a long dull lull between the 4th of July and Halloween. and partly because the bright blooming color from the spring and summer plants have faded into dry yellow stems. It brings with it the same feelings you had as a kid when you had to sit through long boring adult conversations at the dinner table, then wait another long half hour while the dinner that you didn’t even eat (due to the butterflies in your stomach) settled, so you could be released to the swimming hole. It’s that same kind of refreshment that the first jump in the water gave you, a revival of sorts, making you feel like the world is brand new, and it is…at least in your world.
Fall also brings fresh cool breezes that whisper, “Get out and stir up the dirt around those stagnant plants and give them some air.” Therefore, under the direction of the breeze, I got busy, first, by separating the plants that have out grown their place in the garden. Next, I added mulch over the newly stirred and moistened dirt. Finally, freshening up by adding new props that included pumpkins, an old wheel barrow, scarecrows and colorful Chrysanthemums. The thundershowers we received last Saturday must have listened to the wind as well. They left the grass and plants exuberant with new shades of green that brightened as the sun returned. Even some of the blooms that remained on the flowering plants seemed to be more radiant than before.
As I moved from the flower garden to the fall vegetable garden I found that the result was the same. The rain left the Squash and Gourd vines, Cabbage, Spinach, Kale and Pumpkins reaching farther and blooming brighter! The tiny little bumps of the first squash are beginning to take shape and expand in size. The leaves on the vines have become large arbors of protection, camouflaging the fruit, as they shimmer across the ground and climb up the trellis.
I can hardly contain the excitement brewing up inside me. I think the birds can feel it, too……they seem to be causing more of a commotion as they splish-splash in the bird bath and fly hurriedly across the yard from tree to tree watching the activities taking place below. Big Crows gather in the distance in a convention like knights of the round table planning a strategy for their next conquest. Thankfully, the dogs keep them at bay away from the pecans and other fruit that make up their daily menu! I don’t mind them as long as they stick to eating the grasshoppers that remain from the drought of summer.
One last thing, the breeze reminds me to check for the first hairlike spikes of the Rye Grass that I over seeded last week before the rain showers came. I roamed the ground inspecting closely, and in an instance, I came across a tiny patch of single, thin blades of green poking up through the dirt. Fragile little structures that will grow into much needed glue to hold the ground together and slow the erosion that cold and windy, rainy winters can cause.
I suppose all this interactivity and the excitement it brings is really just the harmony that God intended when he created living organisms and placed them together on this fascinating place called Earth. The only thing missing, in my opinion, is the presence of horses grazing on the grasses that carpet the grounds with their nourishing ability as well as their beautifying appearance, but that is a story for another day!
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. ~Colossians 3:14