The water-starved begonias are actually thrilled at the current cold nights and cool days and are full and lush and happier than they've been all year. The potted petunias have even happily brightened in color and fattened in the fall weather.
The birdhouse gourds and pumpkin patch have browning vines, indicating they have done all they can do – it is time to reap the harvest.
The grass is green without the effort of the summer season. The celosia and cosmos have soared to great new heights.
But the oranges and reds and purples of autumn around the border are slowly taking over the spotlight where annuals once worked hard in a too-bright summer sun to carry the show.
Alas, the forecast says snow in Denver this weekend. There is a storm brewing. It is, it appears, the true end of summer.
My question is this: can I still save my favorite tomato plant???
NOTE TO SELF: Try to save the tomato. Try.