Our autumn colors are quite beautiful, and the sweetgum trees (Liquidambar styraciflua) are especially showy. Their unique five-pointed, star-shaped leaves are now sometimes gold.
I’m grateful to live near The Arboretum and to be able to observe and learn from the diversity of plants. On a recent walk, I was delighted to find several native perennials with colorful blooms.
I like the soft mauve color of Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium fistulosum), and it was a special treat to see a Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on this one.