Finally the fall weather has arrived. The wood stoves are keeping the damp and cold out. Fate is curled up in front of the fire, her nose tucked under her tail and Bud is snoring next to me as I write this.
The flowers have never lasted so late into October, but tonight the temperature is supposed to drop below freezing. So I picked the Zinnia’s and Dahlia’s that had life left in them. Now they are scattered around the house in big and small bottles and jars.
I tied colored yarn around the stems of the dahlias that coordinate with the color of their flowers. By tomorrow if the weather prediction is correct, the flowers and leaves will wilt, the stems and leaves turn black.
They will all look so similar it will be hard for me to tell them apart. Tagged with yarn, I’ll know which are which and can keep them separated them in bags for planting in the spring.
I will miss the flowers, but I’m ready for the cold weather.