Although the days are shortening at this time of year, a gardener's to-do list is not.
There are so many things to do right in the fall that it's difficult to know where to start. Planting, pruning, planting, dividing, planting, weeding and more planting. For those of us lucky enough to live in Southern California, fall may be the best time of the year to spend time in the garden. It is certainly the most important time.
The soil is still warm, rains are near and cooler temperatures make being in the garden even more pleasant. The clean, crisp smell of the air and the lengthening shadows on the soil make this my favorite season in the garden.
For me, the soft, golden light of autumn is especially notable. California's clear, sunny skies are special at any time of the year. Our exceptional light has attracted legions of gardeners as well as plein air artists to our state. It is the quality of California's light that has enticed countless artists to our landscapes and our gardens, as they render what they see from eye to palette to canvas. But the light of fall is the most special. Warm yet soft, bright but restful — it's a pleasant light, a subtle combination of radiance and calmness. Fall's is a kind, friendly light … a perfect light for gardening.