The morning’s light builds heat in the goldenrod field, a thicket of last year’s woody stems and this year’s giant St. John’s wort, morning glory, and lanced leaf goldenrod flowers. A Widow Skimmer extends his wings, warming his night-chilled blood. Soon he will bob and weave his way onward.
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.