|This Prairie Aster retains its strong |
stems through the winter
|Aster can be difficult to ID in the winter. |
Fortunately, I remembered which is which in this case.
|The Bigleaf Aster still has some of its seeds.|
|American Bellflower has distinctive seed capsules.|
Sweet Pepper Bush looks like a tangle of branches in winter. Closer examination of the older branches shows that it has exfoliating bark. It is more easily identified by its flower spikes that stay on through the winter.
|The long styles of the pistil are retained |
on these dried Sweet Pepper Bush flowers.
I usually don't see the Pink Tickseed in winter. It's growing out of the driveway and is usually covered with snow. On close examination you can see the narrow little leaves have already started coming up.
|Pink Tickseed is only 6-8" tall.|
|The new buds on this Sweetfern are beginning to swell. |
The hairs on the stem really show up in the afternoon light.
The low angle of the sun really enhances the appearance of the stems and spent flowers of these plants. This is particularly true for the taller plants like these River Oats.
|The seeds of the River Oats are shed |
slowly over the coarse of the winter.
|Seeds of the Purple Coneflower are all gone now|
|Even though it's dried up American Pennyroyal |
still has its minty scent.
Well pregame is nearly over, so it's time to close down the computer and start watching the Super Bowl.