I have been re-reading Allen Lacy’s charming and informative book The Garden in Autumn. I first read it years ago and enjoyed his writing as much as I appreciated his useful ideas about landscaping with autumn in mind. I treasure books that offer more than information–well-written and inspirational texts which in this case includes attractive photographs, as well. I am outside in the clear, cool weekend days and doing some garden cleanup, but I don’t tidy things up as neatly as I used to: many insects and other small animals need some vegetative cover, and incautious hoeing can disturb nesting bees. I was almost 40 years old before I learned that most bees don’t live in hives and that our precious pollinators of many varieties need winter shelter.
Meanwhile, haiku drafts. Meant to kick myself back into creative writing gear. Practice/Zen practice.
So hot! drinking the last of my morning coffee with ice... cicadas whirring. under my bare feet dry grass. Fall semester remember to practice resting Buddha face Jays and chickadees call— louder but not as constant as crickets in the dew four cantaloupes on the vine I didn’t plant! ~ In the profusion of morning glories: one gold leaf good morning, cicadas! at least some of us feel wide awake ~ in the tulip poplar red squirrel scolds a Carolina wren dew on crabgrass is still dew farm stand: fresh eggs for a dying friend late summer six young sparrows— empty birdfeeder Three bats flit at dusk the doe huffs, sneezes— bedtime for fawns.