The rain started and the cold came in this evening. It is late October, but the morning glory persists, and the nasturtiums haven’t quit. I am eager to dig up the absynian gladiolus, so I can try to over-winter them in the back of the garden. It was a good season, with many surprises, much drought, but in truth, I didn’t tend. It was a good year for the dahlias– so good that I placed in two winning categories in the Novice division as the annual show. The roses faced rust, but bloomed. Hummingbirds visited daily for a while, and honeybees feasted on lavender and oregano. In the back, Iris Lorelei raised its colors, and I supped on home brew kumbucha and backyard honey, and tea from France with friends. I am ready to put the garden to bed, think about spring bulbs, daring myself to order some, while thinking too how much I need to edit the garden, pare down,revise.