Favorite Fall Bloomers #1 – Goldenrod

“The goldenrod is yellow,

The corn is turning brown,

The trees in apple orchards

With fruit are bending down.”

     –Helen Hunt Jackson

Seaside Goldenrod in My Garden

Seaside Goldenrod In My Garden

(Click to Zoom on any Picture)

Well, they tell me fall is fast approaching.  In some parts of the country, it’s actually getting cooler.  Hard for me to believe either of those things when the mercury is still topping out at 93 degrees each day around here.  It’s a shame, too, because autumn is really my favorite time of year.  I love everything about it, especially when I’m lucky enough to spend a week or two in the mountains.  Crisp, cool mornings, with the smell of apples and frosted pumpkins in the air.  *sigh*  Bliss!!

However, Florida does have the advantage of offering year-round gardening, with some annuals and vegetables that actually perform better in the winter than at any other time.  So I guess you take the good with the bad.  And this time of year, we do have some fall bloomers that begin to perform well.  I have several that I really enjoy, but probably my favorite of all is goldenrod.  I love it!  And there are so many wonderful varieties to enjoy, with different shapes to the bloom heads, different heights, and different leaves.  But as far as I know, they all sport glorious sunny yellow flowers that attract bees. 

Roadside Goldenrod (Unknown species)

My personal favorite is seaside goldenrod, shown at the top of the page, which has low growing basal rosettes of large, leathery leaves, but sends up 6 and 7 foot tall bloom spikes that are covered in bumblebees for weeks.  It self-seeds in my garden, though not in an invasive way at all, and I wouldn’t be without it.

Close Up of Goldenrod with Beetle

Photo from Backyard Biology (Thank you, Sue!)

Check out Sue’s post featuring the picture above and a whole series of wonderful goldenrod and prairie pictures.  They’re great!  And by the way, don’t worry about goldenrod causing allergy problems.  They have gotten a false rap all these years. Turns out their pollen is too heavy to float on the breeze, and they’ve been getting the blame for problems caused by ragweed.  Ragweed blooms are inconspicuous and often share the same field with the showier goldenrod.  People go, “I’m sneezing.  Look at all those yellow flowers over there.  They must be the cause.”  But trust me.  You can grow all the goldenrod you want with impunity!  If you haven’t added any to your wildflower or butterfly garden, you really should try it.

What fall flowers do YOU love to grow?  I’d love to hear from you!

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7 thoughts on “Favorite Fall Bloomers #1 – Goldenrod

  1. I’ve got one of those crisp mornings right now. Hot coffee, flannel robe, dewy grass and a tint of yellow and red on the trees. Did you notice that header photo on my blog? That street is around the corner from my house and the reason that Fall is my favorite time of year!

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  2. Ooooh, lucky you, SC!! Nothing makes me happier than a REAL fall morning. I can drive around in the mountains for hours, just admiring the trees, the asters, the mist here and there, and…best of all in the whole, wide world…the PUMPKINS!!!! I’m a pumpkin FANATIC!!! Pumpkins make me happy in my heart of hearts, and make me dance on the frosted fallen leaves and do silly stuff! Piles and piles of pumpkins on every porch is my idea of wonder and magic and all good things! Pumpkins are just so…..ORANGE!!!! The perfect fall color. And don’t even get me started on the rapture of pumpkin PIE. Oh, I have to stop right now! The temptation to jump in my car and head north is upon me! Enjoy your day, your coffee, your flannel robe, and your FALL!! I’m going back to your website to look at your header as soon as I make another cuppa Earl Grey. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. SC, I just refreshed my memory with a quick stop back by your blog, and YES. I did notice those gorgeous golden trees. I remember thinking they reminded me of the street my husband’s childhood home in Columbus, Ohio was on. Aren’t they magnificent! I would probably drag my porch chair down the block to sit amidst them with my coffee. Much to the annoyances of passers-by, I’m sure, since my early morning attire leaves a lot to be desired in the way of presentability. But still. What a place to sit and gaze upwards through the leaves, eh? Great photo, and by the way, I love your blog. I, too, suffer from an excess of enthusiasm over new things discovered and enjoyed. Including techie stuff. It all adds to the enjoyment of our day to day life, doesn’t it?

    Folks, check out SC’s blog when you get a chance. There’s good info there, especially if you are considering buying new products like a Kindle.

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  4. I can’t say we miss Florida, I am a “yankee” at heart! It was 43 last night so it was a brisk autumn morning here and promises to be a warm afternoon, a perfect fall day. I do not garden but I am enjoying seeing all the autumn flowers all around us. Leaves are just starting to turn so it won’t be long till we have mountains of red and gold. I guess you can say the trees are my favorite “fall flower”! Patty
    PS Ask me in Feb if I miss Florida!!! LOL

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  5. Yeah, the true test is February, Patty. There are many, many things in Florida I love…our wildlife and streams and swamps, for sure. The Everglades, though it is fast succumbing to exotic invaders, and white sand beaches, when you can find quieter ones. I love gardening all year long, and especially in the winter. I love a lot of our native plants. But I do NOT love the hot weather. The older I get, the more I hate it, and I’m a Florida NATIVE. You’d think I would be used to it, but I just can’t tolerate it. I have to stay pretty much inside during July and August. I don’t even want to be in the garden in the early morning. In fact, if it weren’t for my husband, I would long ago have moved to the mountains of North Carolina. But I’m here for now, so I try to enjoy as much as I can of what Florida does have to offer. I canoe and hike when I can and temperatures permit, and things like that.

    I’m eager for the weather to cool down enough that I can get back to my gardens and my birdwatching. And I really do envy all the cooler night and early morning temps you folks are getting farther north. Enjoy it!

    Thanks for stopping by, Patty. Keep us posted on your weather! I’ll start bragging on ours when you are iced in! 😉

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  6. This are one of my favorites,too. Unfortunately,I have not seen any blooms in several years. I don’t know why. Where they were,the trees got big and were providing too much shade. I moved them to a more open area and they are alive,that’s all. Those pictures are beautiful. Happy Autumn.

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  7. Aw, I’m sorry yours isn’t blooming, Felix. I can’t imagine why. Mine seems to be indifferent as to whether it’s in full sun or partial sun. I don’t think I have any in full shade, so I can’t say for sure about that. But overall, it seems to be pretty reliable for me. I wonder if it’s the temperature? I think you might be slightly colder than we are. Something to think about, anyway.

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