Let’s just clear the air, so to speak. What follows does not make you sneeze. No. The culprit behind fall sneezing and wheezing is ragweed. This beautiful specimen of Salidago rugosa, Rough Stem Goldenrod, is loving our cool, dry early fall. Its downy stems are reaching heights of up to five and six feet, and its buttery rays buzz with honey and bumble bees way into the dusk, when I slip into the field of gold.
*Identified with help from Butterflies and Moths of North America website: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Tolype-velleda
I started today with a quick hunt through my Donald C. Minor Postcard Collection for depictions of rain or autumn or late summer or school. My grandfather received this gem from a friend who signed him/herself as HM.