Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Good Day

After a difficult summer of heat, humidity, and drought, September has come in with cooler and drier weather, but sadly, no rain. Even so, September and October in Virginia are my favorite months. You can usually count on some restorative rains, perhaps even a gentle swipe from a gentle tropical low. The trees could really use the moisture. If we had not had 400 feet of snow last winter, things would be worse.

A friend and I were talking last week about those terrible snows of last winter as she showed me some photos on her computer with major drifts everywhere. Each time it started snowing again, we would commiserate on the phone and then get on the computer and order seeds or plants for spring. We spent more than we might have in a less snowy winter, but the plants have been a joy. I have grown wild senna (Cassia marilandica), anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum), the very odd Amicia zygomeris, and some lovely dahlias.

If we had a little rain, a good soaker that doesn't run off the cracked soil, I could put some of my senna and anise hyssop into the soil for the winter. On these sparklingly beautiful, clear-sky September days, I just keep watering and hoping for those welcome autumn rains that usually come.

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