Asters and Chicory are featured in the September Trivia.
The autumnal (fall) equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere between September 21-24, which is the vernal (spring) equinox in the southern hemisphere.
One of the September flowers is the Forget-Me-Not (above). Another is the Aster. See below photos.
September always begins on the same day of the week as December of the same year.
National Preparedness Month (preparedness for disasters) takes place in the U.S. during September. From Wikipedia, 9/18/12: “As of 2009, the Citizen Corps National Survey revealed that only 57% of Americans surveyed report having supplies set aside in their homes just for disasters, and only 44% have a household emergency plan. National Preparedness Month serves to encourage individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps including: getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, being informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, as well as taking the necessary steps to get trained and become engaged in community preparedness and response efforts.”
Chicory and Asters. Asters are prolific in North America and Eurasia. American asters have been split into a separate genus in recent times. The lavender-blue chickory that grows on the roadsides of East Tennessee is a member of the Eurasian aster family. Chicory was brought to North America from Europe in the 1700s and is "naturalized." This is the same chicory, using the roots, that is enjoyed by some as a coffee substitute or blend component. The leaves of wild chicory may be eaten in salad, but are bitter. They can be sautéed with other flavorful herbs, which reduces the bitterness, and put in pasta or served with meats.
Blue Wood Aster (N. Amer.) White Wood Aster (N. Amer.)
Calico Aster (N. Amer.)