The rest of Chicago is reacting “properly” to the arriving chills of freezing temperatures while parts of this tree is confused. Most of the SPRING flowering tree is dormant, as is proper for November. But confused by our unusually long, warm days of autumn this year some of it’s branches believe springtime is on the horizon. It is not unusual for perennial plants to have a second, cool season bloom period; but this is the first time I’ve witnessed a second season bloom of a tree.
More Mum images as they open to provide cool colors for cooler days. See “unfolding beauty” from a few posts ago. Just like persons, mum blooms are unique to themselves. They are similar in form and function with unique characteristics including growth stages. Each bloom is approximately one inch in diameter.
This cluster of Frost Aster shows the various stages of life of a flower from bud (far bottom left) to withering petals (top right) with mature bloom in the middle.
Like people, each flower, at a given moment is unique in appearance, experience and stage of life. Portraits of individual blossoms show their individuality. One has lost the youthful vitality with its receding brown *carpel and sparse bent petals. The other flower is at its peak with bright golden center and prolific array of petals.
*Britannica defines “Carpel, (as) one of the leaflike, seed-bearing structures that constitute the innermost whorl of a flower. One or more carpels make up the pistil. Fertilization of an egg within a carpel by a pollen grain from another flower results in seed development within the carpel.
If flowers had personality, Purple Coneflowers (echinacia purpurea) come closest to displaying their single charms, each different from another. Flowers arrange petals similarly with enough difference to appear to have unique natures. Enjoy these images and consider my tendencies of natural personification when describing these matured Purple Coneflowers.