Fall Festivals and Plants That Thrive

Now that the blasted heat has broken and we’ve gotten the start of Fall rains, things have eased, haven’t they? Just yesterday, as I was walking down Vine Street after picking up some art supplies at Suders, I noticed people were smiling more. We’re just not as grumpy as we have been, and we’re chatting with each other, even if only briefly on our respective ways to somewhere. It’s Fall (she says with a long, soft, exhale).

Which means it is also Fall Festival Time, everywhere, it seems. No doubt your neighborhood has some plans, if not this weekend, then coming up in the next few weeks. Tomorrow, Saturday the 22nd, The Civic Garden Center Fall Festival and Great Outdoor Weekend happens from 10:00 to 2:00 with all kinds of fun and festivities and mini workshops. Go to www.civicgardencenter.org for more information. For other Great Outdoor Weekend activities go to www.GreatOutdoorWeekend.org to find more than 50 locations in eight counties around Cincinnati offering a celebration of Fall.

But no matter where you get your outdoor fun this weekend, take time to notice the plants and flowers that are flourishing – those that survived the heat and the drought and the grumpy gardeners who just gave up.  Just yesterday I said hello, and thank you,to a few of these stalwart souls.

Vines on the fence by Suder’s parking lot in OTR


Two year old mystery mum rescued from The Civic Garden Center re-landscaping
Lambs Ears in a neighbor’s garden


Rosemary and Lantana snuggling


Morning Glories that waited until now to start blooming

Cindy Briggs



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