Ahhhh leaves! This Florida gal day dreams of driving north about 9 hours to soak in the fall foliage hues of umber, ochre and scarlet. As a sub-tropical climate, central Florida really does not have a whole lot of color changing species, a few here and there of course, but not enough to turn a head.
So my fall foliage mainly consists of dripping moss, evergreen boughs and palmetto fronds. The thunderstorms of hurricane season bring in cold fronts and the subtle nuances of a Florida fall are beginning to be felt. And yes, I feel it in my bones too.
"A Vagabond Song"
- by Bliss Carman
There is something in the autumn that
is native to my blood-
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and
the crimson keeping time.
The scarlet of the maples can shake me
like a cry
of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke
upon the hills.
There is something in October sets the
gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame
She calls and calls each vagabond by
I did scout out this leaf last year in North Carolina. One day I will make it for fall in the Smoky or Blue Ridge Mountains.
Of course you probably remember that I have burnt my Bath & Body Works Leaves candle. It was the regular edition from this year and I have been enjoying it very much.
I also melted my Sugar & Spice Leaves and Cinnamon Sticks tarts and very much loved them. The addition of extra cinnamon was just what I wanted. It threw strong in my bedroom, kitchen and living room.
How are the leaves in your part of the world? Do you enjoy any leafy type scents?