Everyone runs to the tidal basin to see the cherry blossoms in spring. And I am waiting to take the same ride around the "pond" to see the colors of fall - but they aren't quite there yet. My husband is clearing up the summer clutter on our tiny patio garden. I try to keep something blooming all year round. The mums should show their faces in the next week or two. The very hot summer stifled the usually pretty matching tiny garden. The annuals never looked better now! When we walk around the neighborhood, things are beginning to change slowly. The Smithsonian gardeners are hanging massive mum baskets, and the golden color of autumn is shining through around Capitol building. It's been absolutely lovely these last couple of weeks. My parents always came to visit us in Wisconsin in October because it's the perfect time, but it didn't last very long. At least here we have four distinctly different seasons, and there is time to admire all of them in your back yard or the neighborhood.