I’m Thinking Calico Aster . . . ?

Aster Wildflower, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Jamestown Audubon Center, NY

April through June, and those sweeties of the woods, Asters, are seen here and there. Never found in abundance, until summer moves along. Then, we notice Asters, different asters, here, there, seemingly everywhere. Whites, soft purples, bluish ones, tiny ones, larger ones. A boon for the bees, think bumblebees. Good reserve nectar, should butterflies not do well any given day. Probable destinations for moths too, no?

These I believe are Calico Asters (Aster Lateriflorus), though my National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers – Eastern Region cautions that there are several similar asters, with these narrow petals. Met them at the Jamestown Audubon Center, in Jamestown, New York, far, far away from my native Brooklyn. It was mid-July 2015 (the field guide cites August – September as Flowering Time), a tad early, but 2015 was a unique year.

This blogger, as many know, loves much, and Asters are solidly amongst the loved.