I’m used to seeing field sow thistles as summer wildflowers. They grow tall and spindly and look kind of like dandelions on steroids. I wasn’t sure what this was when I saw it – low to the ground, with gorgeous magenta foliage. Fortunately, we were on one of Miles Hearn’s excellent nature walks, and Miles assured me this was a sow thistle.
It was only a month or so ago, we were seeing so many varieties of asters in full bloom. Now, they’ve all gone to seed. These are New England Aster.
Here are some flowers I saw on a recent trip to a forest north of the city, along with my guesses as to what they are. Are you familiar with any of these? Please correct my guesses if you know I’m off-base. I’m pretty sure… Read More