I guess I'm in a flower sort of mood today. In the past I've shown you a few samples of these particular flowers. I didn't really know what they are, but thanks to WiseAcre and Sharkbytes I now know that these are called New England Asters.
I now take pictures of various wildflowers on my everyday adventures, mostly because I know you appreciate them, but I also appreciate them now. It's just that these flowers seem to take such good photos! How can I not stop and take a few sample shots. They look so good on the background of my computer!
New England Asters are native to most areas of North America east of the Rocky Mountains. But they are so popular that they have been taken to the gardens of the western US and to several other areas of the world, including Europe.
These plants flower from August to September with pink to purple blooms. The plants grow from two to six feet tall. These are very robust plants that are sometimes used to restore prairies because of their ability to withstand competition from other weeds. When the leaves are crushed, they give off the smell of turpentine.
I have read that these plants don't like too much shade. I guess that's why they are used to replant prairies. But in my experience, whenever I've seen them they often grow at the edges of forests, in partial shade.
I found this particular plant in my pictures towards the front of a nature park, just to the side of a small bridge. The area is slightly swampy, and the beginning of the forest grows right up to the edge of the trail. This plant is right there between me and the forest trees.
So there you go! I have given you some surface information on New England Asters. If you want more, I guess you can search Google like I did. I really didn't find much more information than I gave you. I would have liked to see more. That's okay though. There will be an exciting new adventure tomorrow to distract me from this.
I think I will leave you for today with that. I'm trying to prepare my computer to give it a complete lobotomy. I'm in the process of backing up all of the information I can remember. Then I'll reinstall everything, and hopefully my computer will come out of this much faster than it has been lately.
See you next time.
Oh, and I still sense those zombie chickens coming closer.