Found in wet areas the Bottled Gentian is an uncommon flower in or parks but if you look closely and in the right places it can be found. The tightly wound flower heads are pollinated by bumblebees who pry open the petals to get to the nectar.
The brilliant purple flowers of the Ironweed grace fields and meadows in September, a sure sign that summer is ending and fall is on the way.
We do not see nearly as many Monarchs as we did years ago but the first two weeks of September are traditionally the peak of the Monarch migration in our area. Monarch populations continue to decline throughout their range in North America and in their winter home in Mexico.