Sunday, November 08, 2009

Indian Summer

This weekend we experienced a classic Indian Summer.

The leaves have turned, many plants have been hurt by an earlier frost, and the air is warm.

Working on the leaves today, I sunburned my face in the beautiful warmth of 70 degrees.

While the origins of the term "Indian Summer" are unclear, we know for sure that it is a time we all enjoy. We've experienced cold days and we know winter is coming, so this physical remembrance of summer is most welcome.

Indian Summer often occurs just before a killing frost, so I expect that will be coming next week. Then, I will have to go out and lift the black, slimy nasturtiums from the ground and dump them into Landscape Waste tubs.

But, today, they are blooming in vivid orange and yellow, just as if it were July.

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