I was walking around the village park and noticed how pretty the hedgerows are this time of year. The colors are more muted and subtle than the reds and yellows of the Maples.
Here the purple Asters are growing wild and I’ve seen similar plants in local gardens.
The Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata) climbs up all sorts of trees and shrubs, it may ‘appear’ in back yards too, probably from a seed dispersed by birds. By mid September the white flowers have fluffy see heads. In England we call this vine ‘Old Man’s Beard’.
Who doesn’t love the ‘Black-Eyed Susan’ (Rudbeckia Hirta)? They are so charming and bloom for about a month, then the yellow Goldfinches visit to eat the seed. This variety grows about a foot tall but I’ve seen them in my friend Robin’s garden growing to five feet tall – spectacular!
In addition to flowers there a plenty of berries, these red ones are from the Spicebush (Lindera Benzoin) which is host to the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. The leaves and berries have a peppery aroma.
This is the Gray Dogwood (Cornus Racemosa) – it’s white berries are food for wildlife.
This huge clump of five foot tall sunflowers is growing along the edge of the road. Tricky taking pictures because every time a car goes past the flowers sway a least a foot. These clear blue skies are typical of the Fall climate here in the Hudson Valley (unless it’s foggy of course!). What are your favorite fall flowers? Leave a comment I’d love to hear from you.
Click here for another blogger’s take on Asters
- The Asteraceae (Part II) (naturesurrounds.wordpress.com)
Want to know what the Spicebush Swallowtale butterfly looks like? Check out this post (a caterpillar tale)
- Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar (everycreepingthing.wordpress.com)