Happy October 1st, this month of dramatic changes in weather and light. I love it when the weather changes, and this more-than-two-month stretch of dry, sunny weather is as boring as months of drizzle. Almost.
In no other month of the year does the termperature, weather, light and garden change as quickly as in October. The end of September is usually summery, and by the end of October we're halfway down the slippery slope to the holidays. You can almost watch the weather morph toward winter, especially when the rains set in, which is usually mid-month.
The leaves turn color and start to drop, foliage dies down, the bones of the garden start to show again. October hints at the garden's winter transparency, and the loss of light that peaks at the winter solstice.
I decided to celebrate my favorite time of year with a fresh coat of my favorite color on the front door. It turned out to be three coats, since I was covering up a blue door with 'Robust Orange' paint from Sherwin Williams. The glass tile bird is by island artist Meredith MacLeod.
The color was inspired by orange rose hips...so I figured I needed a wreath of same. This beauty is from Ravenna Gardens, made of moss, manzanita and rose hips...I love its messy, tangled look of autumn...