Seeds are nearly gathered from a very fertile season. Rain, heavy and frequent, made pod set easy, but some seeds also rotted if not gathered promptly. A season of bounty gave the ability to create a huge number of interesting crosses, but at the same time I managed to make fewer seeds than I have since 2011, the first year with a serious attempt a a program-level seed production. Progress, that seems!
The soil is moist, temperatures warm but comfortable and so moving plants is easy and productive. With no rust at all this year, I am able to move things between all the gardens on the farm. The heat has been reduced from the summer blend of high heat and high humidity. The main season, covering June and July-August, early and mid through late, gave rise to two separate appearances.
Now the seeds maturing and nearly gathered, the cooler nights begin. New growth emerging and bursting; green, fresh and bright! Pulsing green with new growth and new life, rebloomers giving a new flush of flowers glowing like stars and fairies in the low mid-point light. The promise of next year is implicit in this end. Plotting and planning, what selections, how many new slots to plant? Lots of keepers in the seed bed! Will there be space for seeds? The winnowing begins as it does every fall. Harvest and reduction the raison d'etre for the season.
Time to pause and look at the light. Autumn calling in the slanting sunlight. Slanting sunlight shining through the flowers of rebloom, a promise of the full glory of the garden to come again. Breathe deep and smell autumn on the breeze. Feel it in the cool earth. Soon all will be sleeping and dreaming through the cold winter's nights, while planning next year, full of promise, of green throats and green growth, deep into those cold nights! But for now, the new leaves come again, from the earth, from the crown, to give that final burst of growth, green and bright, into the waning of the light. Falling toward midwinter, giving strength for the new growth of spring to come, when pulsing green again, the garden comes to life.