It's the third week of November and, while there have been several heavy frosts at the house and the last few mornings have felt like mid-November should, this has been a really warm fall. In open areas near the river there are still a few flowers in bloom. In past years the last of the wildflowers would have been done blooming in October – but the climate is changing and recent years have been the warmest on record.
Some of the blooming wildflowers are exotics, escaped ornamentals or accidental imports, others are native species and some are in flower long after their normal season for blooming. All of these plants are well adapted to grow along roadsides or field edges where the sun shines brightly. A walk yielded a photographic bouquet of the last of the year’s wildflowers –
|Queen Anne's Lace|
|Small White Aster|
|Common Evening Primrose|
It wasn’t just flowers that spoke of the warmth, there were a few insects flying in this too warm weather. A common sulphur on small white aster –
And a mating pair of ruby meadowhawks –
Even though the temperature shouldn’t be well over 55°F in November as it was this year, it’s pleasant to see these flowers and insects.