Every fall it seems that the calendar is saying one thing and the natural world around me is saying another.
Here we are in the second week of October and our weather is behaving more as though it thinks we're sailing out of May.
Our morning glories are blooming better than they did all summer.
And the geraniums are busily producing new blooms.
Even the cucumbers are trying to convince me
they'll be filling my salads for weeks to come.
But the calendar tells me that now is the time for me to be hard-hearted, pull up these summer friends and put in the fall replacements.
And yet, I'm not quite ready to make a clean break.
So I save some basil for one last batch of pesto
and pot a few plants in the hope (probably in vain) that I can persuade them to stay with me through the winter.
And then bring on the chrysanthemums, pumpkins and gourds!