It's going to be warm this weekend, in the 90s through Sunday, but beware, for on the heels of this delicious, perfect warmth comes our first autumn storm with killing temperatures. "Widespread freezes are expected Wednesday and especially Thursday morning," so says the NOAA web site.
The National Weather Service is predicting windy wet highs by this coming Tuesday 35 degrees lower than the highs of this weekend. That's mid 50s with freezing themperatures at night.
Plans for many will change, somewhat, for the weekend to accomodate last minute harvesting and other rituals associated with this yearly event, like bringing the delicate plants back indoors for the winter, or washing out the empty containers and storing them away.
So the Weather Service gives us three good nights for summer's end garden parties. There is, to be sure, plenty of reason for celebrating. For one, we commerate the passing of the season and we toast a lively good-bye to the warm days of this year's beautiful garden. Every year different, every year full of pleasure and surprise, we again say thank you and good-bye to all the little plants -- like this beautiful Coleus -- and good-bye too, to all those fascinating garden insects that will suddenly and drastically change next week.