Renewal

With the heat of summer gone, plants are waking up. There is a certain feel of Spring in our Autumn air. Many cultures celebrate the New Year in the time of harvest–fall. I’ve always loved fall for that fresh, renewal feeling you get in the air.

Texas sage in renewal

Texas sage in renewal

We had a large hedge of Texas Sage in the front yard. It was overgrown and woody, making the yard look scruffy and ready for the shootout at the OK Corral. So we cut them down—hard. I was a bit worried because I did the cutting in August. But I held out hope for renewal. Each bush we cut got a line from the drip irrigation, and it worked. You can see it on the left.

Even if you don’t do cutting, Fall brings renewal. This yucca is sending out a flower sprout that arcs into the sky. In the coming weeks, the stem will fill with flowers and then form seed puffs that blow easily in the wind, to find new homes. The yucca at the base will die and a new yucca will grow at the base, repeating the cycle of life and death.

Here is the base of the yucca:

Yucca sending out stem

Yucca sending out stem

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And the lovely arc or the stem into the sky:

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–Quinn McDonald is a writer whose morning walks help her pay attention to nature and the nature of time. Quinn is a certified creativity coach and workshop leader in journaling. See her work at QuinnCreative.com

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