Dear readers, I hope you've all had a great autumnal equinox, or spring if you're in the southern hemisphere. Yesterday was the first day of fall and the weather was gloriously warm and sunny all weekend here in southwest BC. Our summer drought is over with the several rainy and cool days this month making the grass green again. Next to spring, this is my favourite time of year, with its cool nights, pleasantly warm days, and the beauty of nature's rapidly changing colours. Several times recently I wished I'd had the camera with me as I was going about errands. One very rainy day I was walking to an appointment and I could not help but stop for a moment to admire the gorgeous glowing red Japanese maple leaves scattered on the sidewalk and grass borders. At the supermarket I was admiring displays of huge pots of chrysanthemums in many shades of yellow, gold, orange, rust and burgundy and the colourful piles of mini pumpkins, gourds and dried Indian corn.
Of the equinoxes, the spring seems to be celebrated a lot more in many cultures, yet the autumn is more associated with harvest. This year both Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the start of Islam's Ramadan happen at the autumnal equinox.
This weekend I enjoyed some gardening including taking cuttings to grow for next spring and preparing some plants for their move back indoors. I'm thrilled that my pot of third generation Silver Vase Plants or Aechmea Fasciata have three flowers and a fourth emerging! These flower last for many months. Aren't they amazing? In searching for its forgotten Latin name I learned that this plant is related to the pineapple plant.