|Frost Aster in October 2012|
What I do have this week are two late blooming coneflowers that seem unfazed by the cold. The little specks of white on the center disk are the remains of the frost two hours after sunrise. The frost has jolted me from my denial that winter might be on the way and shifted my fall garden chores into high gear. I've brought in some annuals to overwinter and transplanted some perennials from containers into the garden. A few spring bulbs have been planted, but many more need to be planted, not to mention a clean-up of the garden in general.
|Prairie Area at Chicago Botanic Garden, Spring '09|
|Image from Prairie Moon Nursery website|
|Image from Prairie Moon website|
According to Illinois Wildflowers, Swamp Milkweed is a favorite of a whole host of insects, butterflies, caterpillars, and even hummingbirds. But for me, the main reason for planting milkweed is for this creature...
|A late visitor this past weekend--I certainly hope he made it safely out of the area before the frost!|
Wildflower Wednesday is hosted the fourth Wednesday of every month by our hostess at Clay and Limestone. Thanks, Gail, for reminding us of the importance of planting for all the important little creatures that visit our gardens!