Today is Michaelmas, or St. Michaelmas Day. This holiday isn't celebrated in the United States to my knowledge, but it is observed in England.
We do, however, have Michaelmas Daisies in the U.S. These late-blooming purple flowers are a welcome addition to the fall garden. They get their name because they are usually blooming profusely on Michaelmas Day.
Since I don't celebrate the holiday, I'm going to let an Englishwoman take over. Please check out Leanne's wonderful post today at "Somerset Seasons". To see history, lore, quotations and poetry surrounding Michaelmas Day, just click here: www.somersetseasons.blogspot.com