I fully expected to return to a landscape of fallen leaves and morning frosts when I returned from Europe last week. Instead I still have a shady back yard and a rhododendron that is in full bloom! Yesterday morning it was 70 degrees and breezy. This is an unusually delayed fall.
Meanwhile the Christmas cactus has begun her budding and it is prodigious! It was a gift from Kathy probably six years ago. It is amazingly healthy given the neglect I give it.
Saturday I will return north and open the garden gate after six weeks of absence. Hopefully there will be rewards waiting for me underground.