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© Karen Lynn Link, Aspens in Rocky Mountain National Park, acrylic on gessoed canvas , 9” x 12”

Greetings and Salutations,

This Sunday, September 23, is the first full day of autumn. After the recent record breaking heat, I am ready for cooler temperatures. I am not ready for snow or putting the garden to rest for the year since it seems like the garden is really coming into its full summer glory now. The perennial sunflowers just started blooming this week. 

In Colorado, we know that it’s only a matter of time before the first freeze and the snow flakes start flying once September arrives. Parents of little Trick or Treaters know to pick costumes that a good winter coat can easily go over when it snows on Halloween, as it always seems to do. 

The first signs of autumn showed up back in late August when some of the leaves on the trees started changing color. Our Ash trees, notorious for being one of the last to leaf out in spring and the first to change in the fall, are already in full golden color. A casual glance around the neighborhood or driving to the store now show signs of fall across the landscape. The Aspens in the high country are already starting to change and in some areas are at their peak.

Fall, though, is one of the longest and most beautiful seasons we have along the Front Range. Even after the first freeze, the temperatures will rise again and plants can be safely put back out on the patio for several weeks before temperatures take on a winter chill.

My husband is always encouraging me to “embrace the cold.” Even though I’ve spent considerable time living in Colorado, my southern nature seems to have difficulty with the concept of cold. But I try every year to embrace this change. So I’m looking forward, somewhat, to the days that are a little more crisper, drinking some hot apple cider, and cuddling with my hubby and our cute little dog, Toolow, by a fire. Until then, I will enjoy my ice tea and our beautiful garden knowing that snow will be returning soon and I’ll be once again, embracing the cold.

Take care and have a beautiful day,



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