We are about halfway through fall. Our side of the earth is tilting away from the sun. Darkness is winning but life goes on.
My favourite wildflower around here is the rain lily even though I most frequently see them growing in the ugliest places: edging half-dead lawns or screaming highways. Spotting some in a wooded area was like breathing clean air.
Someone thought this one looked good enough to eat
They start to blush when they die.
School house lilies bloom a little later in my neighbourhood than the rest of Austin. Other bloggers have already seen them come and go but they are just starting here. In theory they want a lot of sun but mine grow in deep shade. I didn’t plant them. They came with the house. The patch could very well be seventy years old.
Asters are beginning to shine too.
We saw them growing in small bunches near Walnut Creek but all along the trail edges were literally miles of some kind of yellow aster.
Even the invasive plants are looking good after the rain. Here’s a snapshot of a very old privet. Silver, green, peach.
Everywhere I look it seems like magic is in the air. Happy Día de Muertos, by the way. In case you didn’t hear, the monarch butterflies made it safely home in time for the celebration. The storm following the hurricane could have resulted in disaster.
I was thrilled to see the traditional Aztec Marigolds (Tagetes erecta) for sale at my local grocery store. Last year I looked and looked but was unable to find any.
Though one of its common names is the African Marigold, it is native to Mexico and Central America. This plant is edible and has a long association with magical practices and celebrations. Its use began in pre-Columbian Mexico but quickly spread all over the world as people recognized its happy nature.
The marigold is the sun. The heart. The source of life and energy. So, gather up some people. Share some love. Remember those who are gone. Share a meal and play some music. That’s how we keep our bodies and spirits warm as winter approaches.
And if you ever can’t find marigolds to brighten the beginning of November I can recommend carving pumpkins as good substitute.