Sunday morning I woke up promptly at 6:05 am with an orange cat sitting on my chest making sure I knew it was time to get up and serve His Majesty breakfast. Once I was awake and had taken care of my friend, I got showered and headed off to Descanso Gardens. I’ve been a garden member for the past five years, but this year in particular, I’ve been taking full advantage of my membership and arriving early before the general public to spend time alone and undisturbed with nature in these beautiful gardens and woods.
Upon entering, I walked past the promenade which right now has a gorgeous display of deep purple salvia along with some other hummingbird and pollinator attracting flowers. I stood there for a while watching the hummingbirds sip nectar from the purple flower flutes and listening to the hum of bees before walking on.
As I continued my walk, I passed by the cottage. A group of tiny birds flew from tree to tree right in front of me as if leading the way. In this group was a beautiful, bright yellow bird that stuck out dramatically from the rest. I believe it was a goldfinch. For a moment, I felt like “Snow White” in the scene from the Disney movie where the birds are all singing and fluttering around the princess.
After about an hour in the garden, I could feel the sun getting stronger and I knew the day would be heating up soon. I decided it was time to exit and head over to the nursery. Even though it’s still scorching hot in Southern California, I wanted to start transitioning my garden into Fall by picking up a few flowers in colors of orange and gold. I’d already started to feel the coming change of season a few weeks ago, and this is my favorite time of year.
When I arrived at the nursery, I found that the “Halloween” blend pansies were already available for purchase. Boy were they tempting, but I know it’s best to wait until the weather cools down. Pansies don’t like the heat one bit and in Southern California, we aren’t done with hot weather until at least mid-October. Today I ended up coming home with two flower packs of orange marigolds and bright yellow calendula. Total spent: $6.75. They were enough for 3 flower pots. Just enough to start adding a little Fall flower magic to my garden and to welcome the Autumnal Equinox and the official start of the Autumn season which is already coming up next week.