I am very sensitive to the change in light. Like plants I go into a kind of dormant stage when the days become shorter. Humans must experience photoperiodism (a plants response to the length of the days and nights) as well.
Once the nights are longer and the days shorter and the temperature drops, I (like plants) sleep early and awake late. Plants go dormant and cease almost all activity during the short, cold days of winter and only awaken when the light is strong enough and the temperatures warm enough.
You can begin to see the pre dormancy process in the Gardens. Flowers are being replaced with fruit and seeds and the green of the leaves are weakening allowing other pigments to become visible. It is a beautiful process (though a melancholy one… at least for me). The slanting sun produces beautiful light which highlights the fall colors.
I ran around looking for Amy (one of the organizers of the Dahlia festival and a gardener at the Gardens) and Neville, who were walking around looking for plant material to use in the floral arrangements. Imagine being able to pick anything you wanted in the Gardens!!!
Fortunately I was able to say hello and thank them all (Tim is overseeing the staging area) for putting on such a great event.
I was dying to see the show again, but alas I was wisked off to a birthday ‘experience’ and missed it.