The side effects of “Sally”, which slowly but forcefully engulfed the deep south, took the form of a nice breezy rain by the time it reached here. Leaves and temps are falling. Once upon a time I’d think of that mysterious, ethereal sense of transition in the air as my “Renfaire” time of year. Those relatively carefree days are long gone, but it’s still a refreshing change. The brilliant flower colors are really set off by the dark rainy day. My tiny “Mammoth” sunflowers are finally blooming out in the field, along with masses of these tiny white “stars”.