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Bidding Adieu to Fall Flowers

This milkweed pod opens to let its seeds escape.

Even though there was a frost warning on Friday night, there are still fall flowers blooming in northern Baltimore County. We found these at Oregon Ridge Nature Center –

Several varieties of asters – heath, white wood, and the last of purple New England asters:




Horse nettle was no longer blooming, but we found the berries, in the meadow:

Other berries, found along the Nature Trail, include barberry – an invasive plant:

The meadow was full of milkweed in the its pod stage:

This pod holds a congregation of boxelder bugs sunning themselves:

A variety of flowers are still blooming in the garden area, including this purple monkshood and yellow coreopsis:

Mountain mint was found along the ridge trail:

Our sunny fall afternoon hike ended with sightings of several woolly bear caterpillars. Can we tell if it will be a severe winter?:

What fall flowers are still blooming in your area?

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