|Acer japonicum ‘Acontifolium’ at its peak color.|
1. The world, especially the tiny bit I inhabit, truly is stunningly beautiful in autumn. Ablaze in gold, crimson and orange against a dark blue sky, even a true summer lover like myself can admit it might not ever be more beautiful than when the trees are at their peak color.
|Give it a few months and those chopped up leaves with be garden goodness.
2. Leaf mold. Those beautiful leaves only last for a few weeks, but after that they become the key ingredient of my favorite garden amendments.
|A bit of inspiration for the DIY basement project I’m hoping to take when the weather gets colder and the garden is put away.|
3. It’s a good excuse to come inside to work on projects and not feel guilty about missing precious outdoor time. And we can go back to seeing movies for the same reason. Here in the north, no one wastes a day doing anything inside that they don’t have to from about June through October because summer weather is just too fleeting.
4. Relarning how to cook. I forget how to cook every summer because it’s very easy to just throw together goodies from the garden with some olive oil and balsamic.
5. Football. I love my Badgers and my Packers but I can’t really get into football until the leaves are crunching under my feet and a pot of chili is on the stove.
How do you feel about autumn?