Fall is upon us…

With the dry weather and slightly cooler temperatures in our suburban neighborhood of Washington, D.C. we squirrels feel that fall has descended. After all, it’s only a few more days until the autumnal equinox!

The fall plants like this Wingstem are certainly showing off and putting their last efforts at getting their seeds developed. Good for them, and the bees, too!

Wingstem

Wingstem

An easy plant to identify, right? Another yellow flower growing along our roadsides, but once Hickory and I stopped to look at it, we could tell Miz Flora about the wings and alternating leaves. She rattled off, Wingstem, Actinomeris alternifolia.

Wingstem

And yes, it looks just like its common and scientific names!

Wingstem

The bugs swarming the flowers have left them pretty battered…and sorry, we haven’t gotten to the bugs yet!