Lack of water has resulted in a quick fall. Leaves are now close to peak even though two weeks ago there were few signs of autumn. So while it’s not what I’d call a beautiful fall the late warmth gave us beautiful and long lasting New England Asters. Since these pretty lavender flowers bloom even after the goldenrod has faded the number of pollinators that take advantage of them is remarkable.

We do what I consider an admirable job with Halloween decorations here but it’s rather unfortunate so few people see them. I found a couple more things to add to the cemetery this year and will continue to expand it slowly for our family’s enjoyment. Nevertheless, we’ll likely spend most of our Halloween evenings in Kirkwood surrounded bunches of little ghouls and goblins from the neighborhood, with parents in tow, who come by to see the yard and get a bag of treats.