Once, I had a Professor ask me in front of the entire class, "When a cold front comes through, is that bringing low pressure or high pressure"?
I sat there, stunned. What a simple question, and yet I had no idea. A sense of desperation swept over me. I began to blush. There was no way out. I had to venture a guess: "high pressure?"
Well, the answer is low pressure. Being humiliated in front of my peers has etched that into my memory.
Our summers here are hot, and dry. A high pressure ridge usually sits right over us, and it takes either a hurricane or a strong cold front (low pressure) to push it away. My garden is under a high amount of pressure during the summer, too. The grass gets crunchy. The blooms get smaller, and fewer. Just keeping plants alive becomes the goal.
But when autumn comes, so, too, (usually) do the rains. My garden breathes a sigh of relief. We have had cooler weather this week, but no rains. Still, the stress is lower. Fall blooming plants are waking up. The rose blooms are bigger, and more abundant. The grass is softer, greener, and growing again. I can breathe a sigh of relief.
If you've lost your love of gardening over the summer, now is a great time to get it back. Autumn is a lovely time to work out in the garden. There is less tension, and less stress.
All because the pressure is lower.