Showy Aster

October 4, 2013 – 01:36 pm

I consider Showy Aster my most successful garden wildflower experiment. The original planting has formed a thick clump about a metre across, a half a metre wide, and 1.2m tall in a shady corridor between a sidewalk and a fence. The tops are covered with good-sized purple-rayed asters with yellow centres from late July. It is a bit floppy in the shade, so requires some support to keep the sidewalk clear, and every now and then a rhizome pops up a shoot in the bed – but they are easily transplanted. The transplants have taken in the front yard in dappled shade and fit right into the woodland theme. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees, it does well in both sun and in shade, it is extremely hardy (at least to Zone 2), and it makes a nice link between the Home Bug Garden and the countryside, where it is now a conspicuous adornment. agrees.

About the only problem with Showy Aster is that it is no longer a ‘star’. Actually, there isn’t much left in the ‘native’ North American Flora that glimmers as a true Aster, except Alpine Aster. Showy Aster, and many others, have been moved to the genus Eurybia and to accommodate the change in generic gender, the male Aster conspicuus (Showy Star) has become the female Eurybia conspicua (Egregious Eurybia?). Since the flowers are hermaphrodites, I don’t suppose they are too impressed with the change. Nor am I, especially since a heap of other former Aster have been moved into the neuter genus


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... the party is over ...

by that, I mean summer is over and fall, with it's chilly nights, is triggering the passing of my flower garden.
I don't normally post here but couldn't help myself with having just arranged my last bouquet from an annual flower garden.
I have gleaned and saved flower seeds for nearly 40 years -- cosmos, sunflower, zinnea, love in a mist, poppy, nasturium, aster, snapdragon, calendula, marigold, morning glory and a host of colorful wildflowers.
I have shared my seeds and floral bouquets with friends, neighbors and strangers.
I have...

Moon Garden...Wav

Taking plant sugestions for my up-coming moon garden(CNY)....
I already have in mind the following:
1) Queen Anne's Lace
2) Shasta Daisy
3) Wave Petunia
4) Geranium (White)
5) Lambs Ear
6) Moon Flower (Jipsum Weed)
7) Aster
8) ConeFlower (White)
Anyone have annual, or most importantly, perrenial suggestions? Im wide open to ideas. Fall bulbs are a thought aswell.

As Davy Crockett said, "You may all go to

Hell, and I will go to Texas." Lawd, I do miss Texas.
But to stay on the gardening topic, there is a lovely book, Gardening in South Texas, by Renton, Newcomer, and Bates. Out of print.
For August, these are the flowers recommended for starting from seed:
"Aster, Bell of Ireland, Calendula, Candytuft, Canterbury bell (annual only), Cosmos, Delphinium (perennial), Hollyhock, Pansy, Petunia, Snapdragon, Stock, Sweet William, Tithonia (sacred flower of the Incas), Wallflower, and Zinnia." p. 25 And, I am sure, there are many more.

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