Saturday, October 15, 2022

October Daily 15: Mid-October


Each day in October has been like a shiny bead, slipping softly one by one from a golden string. Today was exceptionally warm, and I wouldn't be surprised if we broke records. Late this afternoon the air was utterly still, as if a blanket lay across the land. 
I'm cutting dahlias with abandon these days, leaving buds that will likely still have time to open. I lay them on the grass as I cut them, then gather them up in my hands to take indoors. 

Everything in the garden seems suspended, waiting for a change. I've left the allium seed head to brown and dry, and today admired its architecture.

The oregano flowers still, and attracts bees of several kinds. I believe the fig tree is confused because it's putting out tiny new fruit that will never ripen. Does it think spring has come? 
What a rude awakening it will have. 

I arrange the dahlias and place them on the mantel, in front of the mirror where their form and colour are doubled. 

Today we voted in our municipal elections, and spent a little time in the garden, and doing a few house chores. How was your mid-October Saturday? 


  1. Perfect prose and perfect dahlias. Warm weather is heading our way too. B x

  2. ...spent almost the whole day at the fabric market in town... with a lot of joy :-))) and in the late afternoon I spent another hour in the gym watching a film with my husband in the evening :-)
    Complete satisfaction.
    Your Dalien are beautiful... I have Dalien in the garden for the first year and I'm really happy.
    Hug and I wish you a happy sunday. Viola

  3. The flowers look so pretty in the blue vases. Saturday was a very relaxing day for me.

  4. I’ve been watching the temperatures there. The new normal probably. The blooms are gorgeous!

  5. I've been a bit preoccupied with this proposed gun club. I really enjoyed your post and your flowers!

  6. Beautiful flowers. You tend your gardens well.
    Warmth in Vermont allows me to wear sandals longer. A get snow tires and sandals Saturday.

  7. Beautiful dahlias.
    Funnily enough I mentioned oregano in the recipe I posted earlier :)

    Enjoy the week ahead.

    All the best Jan

  8. Our fig tree is also covered in lots of new figs too. I have read somewhere that you should remove them unless they are a small pea size. However, we just leave ours as it is too much bother for us to try and reach up to them. They appear to remain dormant and then start growing again in the spring. Next year, however, I shall make a point of watching them carefully and check that what I have told you is correct.

  9. The Dahlias look stunning! The dried allium do look amazing!

  10. Your photos are always so delightful, especially that pretty picture of the dahlias in the blue vase.
    Hugs and blessings, Lorrie! 💐

  11. I love love love the photo of the allium seeds!

  12. Anonymous6:10 AM

    Good idea to put the flowers in front of a mirror. I love the colours of the dahlias


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