Tag: New England Aster

A Galaxy of Asters

Aster means “star”, which seems appropriate. They look like the heavenly stars that we see from an earthbound perspective. And so they are at their best when blooming in great masses, a Milky Way of asters.

Plant List For Our Front Island Bed

Sunday night I drove from Chicago to Springfield, about 200 miles heading south, and it snowed most of the way. At home we’ve got a number of Daffodils that have been on the verge of opening for days and days, but they’re… Read More

Savoring Autumn Awesomeness

It’s the middle of October already. I’m already starting to mourn the passing of autumn, which is rough because I’m still not over the passing of summer. Anyway, at the risk of being repetitive, I’m posting some pictures taken earlier in the… Read More

Return to the Garden: Asters Save the Day

On Saturday we flew back to Chicago from Japan. It was a 12 hour flight, during which I did not sleep at all. Nevertheless, I was fairly alert on the drive home from the airport, focused mainly on what we would find… Read More

Winter Interest, My Ass

Current events are not doing much to put me in a holiday mood, and the garden isn’t really helping. That’s because this year the whole “winter interest” ┬áthing has been a big dud.

October Bloom Day

It’s been a fairly warm autumn so far. Leaves are slow to color, flowers to fade. Though they certainly are fading.

The Bees Sure Do Like NE Aster

I’ve read that New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is an important source of nectar for Monarch Butterflies on their southern migration. From casual observation, though, I have to conclude that Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is a much bigger draw for Monarchs and… Read More

Supernova: an Explosion of Asters

The name Aster comes from the Greek word for star. At this time of year, it feels like the Asters are exploding into a sort of floral supernova.

Presentable in Pink

Judy and I are generally not fond of pink flowers, and we don’t have many in the garden.┬áNot sure why. Generally we like really strong colors – but then we both are partial to blue, which is a softer color like pink…. Read More

Longwood Gardens in October, Part II: The Meadow Garden

After experiencing the Flower Garden Walk we found ourselves at the entrance to the Meadow Garden. This included a bridge that traversed the narrow point in Hourglass Lake. We stopped to admire the reflections of the trees in the still water.