The stonecrops are ghostly pale this fall and I'm not used to seeing them like that, normally they turn up rosy hues as soon as the middle of August; it must be the rain, they didn't have enough sunshine to start ripening.

Despite the wet weather the fall bloomers are right on time - the prolific plumbago, the delicate morning glory, the tall grasses, the plush panaches of goldenrod.

A giant clump of cleomes decided to assert itself, sprouting intense lilac and magenta spikes in all directions, to keep company to the French mallow, whose continued dedication to sprout volunteers throughout an entire decade I find humbling. It just won't quit.

In the midst of late summer chaos, while rain pounded the garden mercilessly, I spider architected a giant web, a masterpiece of engineering, really. I can't figure out how the little weaver spanned the distances required to hold it up into the open, where it appears to be floating, not subject to gravity, not to mention how the delicate gossamer managed to weather the heavy downpours.

Author's Bio: 

Main Areas: Garden Writing; Sustainable Gardening; Homegrown Harvest
Published Books: “Terra Two”; “Generations”; "The Plant - A Steampunk Story"; "Letters to Lelia"; "Fair"; "Door Number Eight"; "A Year and A Day"; "Möbius' Code"; "Between Mirrors"; "The Blue Rose Manuscript"
Career Focus: Author; Consummate Gardener;
Affiliation: All Year Garden; The Weekly Gardener; Francis Rosenfeld's Blog

I started blogging in 2010, to share the joy of growing all things green and the beauty of the garden through the seasons. Two garden blogs were born: and, a periodical that followed it one year later. I wanted to assemble an informal compendium of the things I learned from my grandfather, wonderful books, educational websites, and my own experience, in the hope that other people might use it in their own gardening practice.