After our first hard frost, I gave up on flowers in my area for 2022. A visit to a community garden proved me wrong, with these orange calendula and pepperweed blossoms:
Seeing the vivid orange in early November was a surprise, so was the halictid bee. The bee wandered lazily around the flower for a while. The white flower was quite small, I believe it’s in the mustard family, perhaps Lepidium virginicum. If that’s the correct ID, it’s native to North America, and spread to Europe and Asia where it is non-native. So many of our non-native plants are the reverse!
I’m going to have to try calendula in my garden next year – it’s hardier than zinnia.