In mid to late October as I was waiting for a taxi at the end of the driveway, I noticed 20 or so bumble bees flocking around the asters. The asters were pretty much all that was in flower at the time, despite the cold night they were still displaying their brilliant colours.
For anyone who is concerned about the fate of the pollinators we depend upon, then give some thought to adding asters to the garden.
The genus Aster has somewhere around 250 species and most of them are native to North America. In fact, here in northern New Brunswick, asters are everywhere. They line the railroad tracks and abandoned spaces all around town.
The other members of this large group are zinnias, dahlias, mums, and other daisy-faced beauties, all of which belong to the Asteraceae family, the largest of the flowering-plant families.