Posts Tagged ‘summer farewell aster’

Remaining Bloomers

Summer eased into fall, and only a few flowers still bloom.

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Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris)


is a favorite of the tobacco hornworm.

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Heath asters (Symphyotrichum ericoides)

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attract late flying butterflies.

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Wild Indian strawberry  (mock strawberry)

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has red fruits that aren’t juicy and lack flavor.

The wild strawberry, (Fragaria virginiana) has a white fruit that’s said to be delicious. I haven’t seen it growing here in southern Illinois.

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Yellow woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta)

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Summer farewell aster with an immature assassin bug.

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A few roses still bloom on Grandfather’s Rose. It was given to my grandmother by my great grandfather, when my mother was born … in 1929.

Nature offers plenty to enjoy year round for those interested.


Asters And No Butterflies

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You can tell butterfly numbers are low when there are no butterflies on the summer farewell asters.

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 Their numbers have been low all summer, and I’m not sure why.

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The asters grow to six or more feet tall.

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One summer they were in full bloom when the monarch butterflies were migrating south. It was so dramatic, I just couldn’t stay in the house. There would be up to 50 or more monarch fluttering around the asters at any one time!