It has been said that in our part of the world, Texas, we, too, have four seasons: cold and wet, real hot and dry, or one day of spring or one day of fall.
Well, that’s not entirely true. At this state in the evolution of the world’s weather cycles, we still have a time of mild temps in the spring and another time in the fall, during the wonderful periods called ‘equinoxes’, when the balance of length of days is perfect. And sometimes because of this, spring bloomers bloom in the fall, hence our quince blooming lightly now, and fall bloomers bloom in the spring as when we’ve seen our fall asters bloom lightly.
Right now at the end of September, on the first full day of fall for this year of 2012, there are spider lilies and sternbergia blooming red and yellow, a very beloved old daylily named Raspberry Rapture has sent up another bloom scape, the purple chrysanthemums are setting buds vigorously. And the rhodophiala, the wonderful fall amaryllis, is wonderful as always. It is ridiculously hot, in the nineties today, we haven’t had rain for weeks, and yet these wonderful plants are valiantly responding to the slightest respite from heat and drought.
Somewhere other than here there are flaming maple trees, Japanese anemones are blooming gorgeously, and the air is crisp. Here we have only the suggestion of fall and some wonderful old friends blooming.