When Plants Fail

I usually enjoy late September, although there seems to be something missing this year.  We have a plant called New England aster, Aster novae-angliae.  It is one of the native prairie plants, but it is also often planted along roadsides and in gardens.

This year, because of the unusually warm weather, individuals of this plant were noted to be in bloom well ahead of their usual timeframe.  I think I heard of some blooming in June, whereas September is usually the earliest.  Then because of the drought the flowering seems somewhat suppressed.

This is what it looked like yesterday in my reconstructed prairie.

Here was one in 2010.  Why is this significant?

No plant is a better background for butterfly photography than New England Aster. 

This is a fiery skipper.  The photo above shows a sachem.  Neither were taken this year.

Damned global warming.

 

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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