Sunday, October 9, 2011
The maples’ profusion of red, yellow, gold, and orange leaves has noticeably intensified over the past week. My hazels, current, and oak are sporting their fall colors, as are many trees besides. Meanwhile, the goldenrod has faded, but the purple asters appear to be a bit more numerous, and their purples now provide the brightest roadside colors. So, I was wrong about the goldenrod being the last roadside wildflower of autumn—it is the aster. As a parallel, I have noticed that among Halloween decorations, purple has become more common next to the traditional black and orange.