And here at the threshold of winter, our wildflower survey comes to a close, with a smattering of hardy blooms standing out in a sea of brown and tan foliage.

Frost is occurring regularly now.  Some plants are more sheltered from this due to their unique locations, or perhaps they are near such heat sinks as rivers, which may preserve them for a time.

This doesn’t mean that the occasional bloom won’t survive into next month.  But these are stragglers, as November brings the growing season to a close.  After this, the end of February would be the earliest to see expected blooms next year in central Ohio.  And then the growing season will start once more.

November has more Asters still blooming than other wildflowers, from what I’ve seen.  And there’s the occasional patch of Goldenrod that isn’t brown or fuzzy yet.  Other blooms stand out as surprising when you see them, since they’re fairly rare by now.  Overall, when it’s all said and done, it’s time for the seeds to disperse from former blooms and to sow next year’s future wildflowers.

Asters

Goldenrod

Queen Anne’s Lace

Chicory

Black Eyed Susan

Helianthus

Gray Headed Coneflower

Three Lobed Coneflower

Sowthistle

Fleabane

Thistle

Yarrow

White Clover

Dandelion

Next year’s growing season will come quicker than you think- or so I hope!