These Jerusalem artichokes, also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour, appear every Summer about now. Though the mercury continues to toy with 90F, siting these blooms cools me right off.
Bright yellow seems to mark the zenith of the Summer. From here on out, there will be more yellow flowers, then goldenrods, then oak, butternut, and aspen leaves will admit to the onset of Autumn.
Though continuing to enjoy these Dog Days while keeping an eye out for Sirius and the Pleides, mind continues to drift to Winter.
Now, walking outside one almost feels the hot moisture in the air pressing on one’s chest. All it takes is a short walk past the refrigerator, opening the freezer door, and a deep inhalation to remind us of how Winter feels.
In a few more months, a big breath out the open back door will afford the same sensation.