Late summer and early autumn are perhaps the most beautiful times of the year here in New England, as the angle of light changes and cooler crisper air arrives. Bright yellow goldenrods and asters in blue, purple, pink and white come into bloom — they are key additions to your pollinator garden. Goldenrods and asters are the primary source of fall nectar and pollen for bees and essential to their winter survival. (Many folks confuse goldenrod with allergen plants that result in hay fever, but goldenrod is not one of those and does not cause allergic irritation.)
While the big leaf fall is not until October, the occasional early leaf can be seen ﬂoating through the air and there are hints of our spectacular autumn color show to come; alas fall clean-up looms. This fall, as you begin to tidy up your yard for winter, keep in mind your gardening activities. What you choose to do on your property can have a real impact on our native pollinators, songbirds and other wildlife throughout the winter and for the coming spring and summer seasons.