September’s arrival means the lazy summer is over, and the cool nights confirm it. I have had some welcome time for garden design and maintenance, visits with family and friends, a few short hikes, and a whole weekend of superb music, with only a few work projects to interrupt now and then. Soon the garden must be put to bed and I must shift into more disciplined work days, as my clients start to come up with things for me to do. September seems to have a freshness, an energy that is fueled by the shorter days and brisk evenings. Top of my mind is a getaway to the big city in a couple of weeks. My portable office and I will be camping out in the wilds of Etobicoke for a while, close enough to see lots of old friends and maybe be a tourist in downtown Toronto.