I love the sound of leaves still on the tree, fluttering in the breeze; the crunch of the fallen on the path; the geese flying south.
Trees lose their green and gain the yellow gold, red. The angle of the sun causes long shadows, signaling plants that sleep is coming soon. Cool nights and cool days tell the vegetables to slow fruiting. The doorbell rings and goblins appear.
Friday night lights, Saturday tailgates, the end of America’s pastime and the beginning of crunching bodies.
Gnats and other insects have bred for one more generation as the days remained warm. Walking the lake today I passed through more than one hatch. The roses are blooming fiercely now with the warm days and cool nights, perfect weather. Pumpkins and gourds are everywhere. My favorites are the bumpy ones. I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte and probably never will, too trendy for my blood.
Fall is here now, winter soon to follow. The ice starts to freeze, the days get shorter, the flowers are gone. But for now, we still have color and warmth and a few blooms.
It’s Saturday evening, 6:15. It’s raining outside now. For two days we’ve been warned of rain, snow and freezing temperatures. People are confused. I keep hearing, “It’s May. It’s supposed to be nice out.” I keep thinking “is this your first year in Colorado?”
No one wants to believe that May is a cruel month here. Those people from the midwest keep telling me they put their annuals out in April. I keep telling them they should put their annuals out in June. They scoff at me and laugh. Even fellow landscapers call “Are you planting yet?” “No”, I say, “it’s early May.”
Do I plant in May? Yes. People insist on it and there aren’t enough hours in the day otherwise. Do I put annuals out before Mother’s Day? Certainly not if I can help it. Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I’ve heard reports of 1-2 inches of snow and 4-8 inches of snow. All of it is believable this time of year. Please, stop insisting your annuals get put in, your sprinkler turned on, your veggies go in.
Today is our AVERAGE last frost date, May 10th. Not THE last frost date, but the average. It’s supposed to get to 24 degrees for a low on Monday night. That’s darn cold and will freeze anything out there. In 2007, our last freeze date was June 8.
I have $3000 worth of annuals in my garage with a heat lamp on. I have more coming on Monday, in a snow storm. I will be ready as soon as Mother Nature allows. She’s not allowing right now.