I generally associate purple with spring and fall flowers, but a recent walk showed lots of purple happening in August. Some of it was found on the usual suspects, like ironweed
and a tiny flower that I still haven't identified.
But there was also purple in unexpected places, like the stems of milkweed and a shrub dogwood (red osier, maybe?).
And while it probably comes as no surprise to anyone that thistle blossoms are purple,