Monday, September 21, 2015

Autumn Stars

They are Asteraceae and commonly called asters.  These blossoms are the final feeding stations for bees and other pollinators at the very end of fall.  These are the final delicate beauty as we say good bye to summer.  With so many cultivars (180 species) it is difficult to tell the difference between the two major varieties/short and tall.  Some of the short ones are taller and some of the tall ones are shorter!  The names aster means "star" and when looking at the blossoms that are like daisies, one can understand.  One site recommends pinching back 6 to 8 inches by mid-July to maintain good structure.  I have not done this, but will probably need to in the future.  My asters are perennials while some landscape places sell annuals.  Some grow in shade, most in sun, some grow in marshes and others on dry plains, they range in height from nine inches to 6 feet!  Something to please everyone. (They tend to emerge late in early summer, so don't pull them and think they are weeds.)   Below are my asters that are blooming this month.







This last is with filters and some dodging and burning.


More information on asters can be found here:
(https://www.mtcubacenter.org/images/PDFs-and-SWFs/Mt_Cuba_Report-Asters_for_Mid-Atlantic.pdf)

10 comments:

ellen abbott said...

The only asters I have are the native perennials. They grow around the culvert and next to one of the trees by the driveway and are such a pale purple as to look white though they aren't blooming yet.

messymimi said...

Lovely little stars all over the garden! Now i'm going to wonder if they grow around here, and what kind.

Linda Reeder said...

Asters like heat and we don't really have much full sun here, so asters have not enjoyed living in our garden. I wish they did.

Red said...

The aster is a very large family with great variety. It's also a very hardy plant.

Aisling said...

Don't have any in the garden, but there ate many growing wild in our meadows and woods... from pale purple-tinted white to deep rich full-on violet.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I always put in the purple ones every year. I forgot this year and I am missing them.

So good to keep bringing in the bees. We had more this year, but still not enough.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely stunning, the flowers are like stars, beautiful.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Wow! These flowers and your photos are really stunning, they take my breath away!

Thanks for your nice words about my mother's works. :)

John's Island said...

I happened to see your blog over on the side bar at Red's HiawathaHouse. You sure have some nice photos here. Like your flower photos here and the sky photos in your newer post. Have a good weekend.

barbara judge said...

Asters bring us fall bouquets! -- barbara