Fall is a time of cooling temperatures, signs of a new season, and new plans. Plants in my garden are starting to die back and I’m starting to plan for which ones will be making the transition to winter (rosemary) ,which ones I want to plant next year (the parents at the food bank are rallying for more colorful beans and carrots, and neighbors are hoping for mint for mojitos … lol), and which ones I won’t be seeing again (bye bye Cajun Belle peppers). I grew the peppers by mistake. I was under the impression they were going be mildly sweet with a touch of heat. What I got when I plucked one and dipped it in some hummus was my face on fire. Who created such an evil little beast?
Next year I am going lighter and happier. I figure no better place to start than by planting tulips. Last summer I made the pilgrimage to the Skagit Valley Tulip festival. The site of this event is beautiful on a jaw dropping level. It left me wondering how I could achieve such beauty on a smaller, affordable scale. The answer came to me walking into a Costco, where I spotted the bag of 50 tulips $12.99. Bulbs, or any seeds for that matter, always make me think of relationships. The garden has long been a metaphor I’ve used for relationships. Tending to your garden–weeding, fertilizing, and warding off pests–is absolutely crucial if you want to enjoy its bounty. It’s not hard to tell the difference between a garden that’s been well maintained and one that’s been neglected. The same is true for relationships. While the season continues to change, take moments to connect and be attentive to your various relationships. Doing so means they will continue to come back to you in the future for more connection and they will also nourish your own soul.