“Most people, early in November, take last looks at their gardens, and are then prepared to ignore them until the spring. I am quite sure that a garden doesn't like to be ignored like this. It doesn't like to be covered in dust sheets, as though it were an old room which you had shut up during the winter. Especially since a garden knows how gay and delightful it can be, even in the very frozen heart of the winter, if you only give it a chance.”
~ Beverley Nichols
Dogwood (Cornus) berries, 28 October 2018.
The morns are meeker than they were -
The nuts are getting brown -
The berry’s cheek is plumper -
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf -
The field a scarlet gown -
Lest I sh'd be old-fashioned
I’ll put a trinket on.
~ Emily Dickinson (source)
“Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.”
- Author Unknown
Photographed in the Cambie Neighbourhood, 09 October 2018.
"October is the month of painted leaves. Their rich glow now flashes round the world. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight"
~ Henry David Thoreau
Maple trees glowing against the late afternoon sky, October 1, 2018.
Blooming from late summer through mid-autumn, Asters are a source of pollen and nectar for the bees, and a delight for the gardener’s eyes: