As we slide into Autumn (in the northern hemisphere, at least), the days are getting noticeably shorter and cooler. The sun doesn’t reach as high in the sky and spends an awful long time getting there (and back). The low angle of the sun at this time of year means this season is all about the golden yellow sunlight that filters through trees and plants, backlighting flowers and leaves. Gone is the harsh, bright, glaring sun that blows out highlights and turns shadows black (on camera); instead a much softer and diffuse yellow light colours the garden and paints shadows in a way that no other season can.
We’ve pretty much finished all our gardening tasks for this year, other than preparing the garden (in particular the Nomadic Patio Pots) for the coming winter. One of the few things left is to write about all the smaller jobs and changes over the last couple of months (the “catching up” series). The rest of the time can be spent simply observing the garden on sunny days where everything just seems to glow with a relaxing soft halo surrounded by a warm yellow haze. I find it strangely comforting, it’s how Summer gently says “goodbye” as it lets autumn take over and I know a winter rest is on its way. It will soon be time to down tools, pack away and let the garden (and gardener) sleep, rest and recuperate until the next growing season starts.