Gorgeous Wood-asters, an exquisite fall bloom that keeps the insects busy for an extended season. Their prolific flowers sway and bob gently in the fall breezes, as if they were on a spring.
I love their smoky-mauve color against the reds, yellows and remaining greens of summer. The bees love them too!
I also learned that the creamy colored centers mean there is still nectar available, and that they turn pink or maroon once they've been pollinated, a signal that there's no point in looking for nectar there!