the cucumber grows quickly with the right temperatures, water and light. it really takes off, winding around whatever it can grab onto. suddenly your garden is filled with the prickly fruit, the first of your garden harvest.
Maple (II of Autumn
the slightest chill has come through, the summer nights have a fall feel to them, and in this moment the maple trees begin to change. it is a delicate balance, leaves going from green to yellow to red. change always happens, and so take a note from the Maple tree and go gracefullyalong with it.
Aspen (III of Autumn)
Focus / Teamwork
the aspen tree grows from a clonal colony, meaning the forests you see are really one tree that is a part of an intricate network. they focus all their energy towards a common goal, and support one another.
Potato (IV of Autumn)
Material Stability / Control / Avoid Greed
the potato, a steady crop that almost everyone eats. it is steady, strong, and versatile. you can count on the potato. however, you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, so remember the reality of the potato famine.
Monkshood (V of Autumn)
Hard Times / Worry
in the late fall weather the deadly monkshood’s hypnotic blooms appear. its almost a haunting reminder of the dead winter that is to come. as one of the last flowers we want to preserve it, enjoy this last bit of life, but don’t be tempted. picking one could quickly result in death.
Gourd (VI of Autumn)
Prosperity / Generosity
all the water, nutrition and love has paid off. gourds may take a bit of time to grow, but their fruits seem to last the longest. if you have grown more than you need be sure to share with those who need it. kindness will always come around again when you can afford to give it.
Chokecherry (VII of Autumn)
Contemplation of ‘Success’
these red berries seem to appear out of the brush all around you. i suppose you can call them a weed, and you don’t really grow them. but it is still of use, and can be collected and preserved for the long winter months ahead of you. success may not be what you expect it to be, so look around and think outside of the box.
Peppers (VIII of Autumn)
Mastering your Craft
Peppers take much longer than you think they will. they need the right temperatures for so long to even get the smallest pepper. but once you’ve mastered it, the bounty will be great.
Beet (IX of Autumn)
Stability / Happiness in the Home
The Beet takes root in the ground and establishes a space. its not easily pulled, taking anchor firmly into the ground. you can count on it to be there even as the weather turns cold, providing a delicious meal, even as everything else seems to give up in the chill.
Zucchini (X of Autumn)
Abundance / Completion
everyone seems to be inundated with zucchinis. you give them to neighbors. you add them to every meal. you even make desert with them. it is the true giver in the garden. the growing year has been a success.
Blueberry (Daughter of Autumn)
Hardworking / Quiet
growing out in the mountains is where you can find the blueberry bush. defying all odds, growing delicious little berries as the air goes cold.
Carrot (Son of Autumn)
below the sandy soil the carrot takes root. growing deeply, and so much more substantial in form than its feathery leaves above.
Lavender (Mother of Autumn)
the smell of lavender brings about thoughts of home. the warmth of a blanket by the fire. the comfort of clean laundry hanging to dry.
Juniper (Father of Autumn)
Juniper does not flinch, even as the winter snow arrives. it holds its evergreen leaves throughout the winter, and hunkers low to the ground it is rooted to.