Orange takes on a special glow in October as the season draws to its holiday bedazzled close.
Whether seen against a dazzling clear sapphire sky, or against the low grey clouds if autumn’s grey days, Orange jumps to the foreground, its warm optimism radiating confidence that good things are close at hand.
October, in Eastern Virginia, is the last month of summer.
The equinox a few weeks ago was only one of the markers along the path from high summer to Winter Solstice. Each week of October eases the transition a little more here, near the coast.
Even as daytime temps flirt with the eighties, the night time lows dip closer and closer to the 40s. We are all on notice that the first frost is close at hand.
And so the garden turns up the volume on orange.
Pyracantha berries, green all summer, brighten; like little light bulbs screwed in until the juice flows and electrifies them.
Flowers intensify their hues, like Kool Aide mix left undissolved in the bottom of a pitcher.
Monarchs and Painted Lady butterflies have taken over the Lantana beds from the Swallowtails, who have gone elsewhere.
More leaves each day crumple into brown. Powdery mildew claimed the Ageratum during our week of rain turning blue and green to brown and grey. Skeletons of trees are left behind where leaves take flight in the wind.
Orange shines in the landscape like a beacon shines across a field at night.
It calls us deeper into Autumn comfort. It calls us to drink cider; roast sweet potatoes; pile pumpkins on our porches; fill tired pots of annuals with fresh, crisp chrysanthemums.
It invites us to plan weekend walks in the woods, or drives to the mountains to enjoy the brilliant autumn color.
Samhain beckons. Orange pumpkins, waiting to be carved and lit, tempt us at every grocery store and roadside stand.
Celebrate October, and embrace every shade and hue of orange.
- October, Essential Colour: Pumpkin Orange (essenziale-hd.com)
- Savoring the Sweetness (forestgardenblog.wordpress.com)
- I Don’t Do Orange . . . Unless It’s October (laurenlinwood.wordpress.com)
- Equinox: Balancing Light and Dark (oneroomairycastle.wordpress.com)
- ~Samhain – The End of Summer, The Third and Final Harvest~ (mysticalmoonstar.wordpress.com)
- Spirits of the Trees (heddyjohannesen.wordpress.com)
- As Samhain draws near (vulpescence.wordpress.com)