Kiss My Aster, pgs. 47 to 51

A Little Smooch Will Do!

Whether my garden or on the farm, the asters add beauty to the landscapes. A love affair with late summer blues.

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22 Responses to Kiss My Aster, pgs. 47 to 51

  1. Donna says:

    I love having asters in the garden and meadow. They add the late summer color and the pollinators go crazy for them too. I often find them moving a bit around the garden and as I assess the garden this year, I may even add some more…although they are a bit fussy around my really wet spots…are you getting any rain…just getting a real soaking this morning and hopefully this afternoon. Strong T-storms in the area…wishing you lots of color and rain for your beautiful garden…

  2. I love asters and bought one this spring. The rabbits like it, too. I put a cage over it and it’s coming back. I hope it flowers.

    • Connie, I just came in from dead heading the Shastas and what runs out from under the asters…. a full grown bunny. I can not say I am shocked, but it is the first in my yard after a few years. The rabbits live on our block, but the other side of the street. I knew it would not be long before I get a family here since I planted asters last year. Bunny dessert. I need a dog again.

  3. don’t know if I’d kiss those……..

  4. Wild meadows of asters and goldenrods are one of nature’s wonders. Great that you highlighted them.

  5. I’d like tall asters in my garden but they are hard to find. I’ve tried little ones but they get slug-eaten instantly. I wish I could have Golden Rod too but I only think of it at the wrong time of year.

    There is usually a lot of wild chicory round near where I live and it is one of my favourite flowers – I like the dry white stems they leave for the winter too – but there are few this year, and they are short.


  6. The wild asters of now into late fall are my favorites in the fields at the nursery. The nursery does not raise perennials because of the potting and upkeep. If I did not have so much to do already, my dream was to have plots and poly tents set up for my favorites that I use in garden design. Asters, coneflowers, rudbeckia, Shastas, and coreopsis would be a few of those I would raise.

    This is the first full year I brought them to my garden when I planted them last summer. They bloomed all the way until the snow came and that was wonderful. But I caught sight of the first rabbit today. Boy, can they run. It went back across the street in record time. I wish my cats would patrol the yard like the dogs did.

  7. Karen says:

    Love this post, Donna. I shouldn’t have been so hasty when I pulled up my crop of Stokes aster because they are putting on a wonderful show. The asters you’ve highlighted today are much prettier, though. Have to check into adding some around here. Love the title of the post, too!

  8. Soren says:

    The deer ate the tops of all my asters, so I’m desperately hoping they will find a way to cope with this incident and produce a bloom at some later stage…

  9. Cathy says:

    We love asters and I do have some in the garden, but the goldenrod sends both Steve and I into paroxysms of sneezing.

    As for the bunny, yep, time for a new dog LOL. Our little Cavaliers are on a mission when it comes to rodents in the garden!

  10. Stacy says:

    This was always my favorite time for flowers in the northeast. Those deep purples and golds together are so exuberant. But I’m still fondest of that pale blue chicory, growing on the sides of every country road. Gorgeous, Donna. I probably haven’t been paying attention, but did you just change your header? I love it!

  11. Dear Donna, Now I am suffering from Aster Envy. I love them, but have had no success with them. I especially love your little star asters. P. x

  12. I don’t have any Asters–I’m not sure they’re as common here. But I sure appreciated your photos and your post. Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I am looking forward to my first kiss! It was you – and other garden bloggers like Gail at Clay and Limestone – that got me converted to asters last year. I am now waiting for my two new plants to burst into flower, though with the impending move I have them in pots rather than the ground. I am currently on budwatch with my Aster frickartii, the Aster divaricatus will be later.

  14. debsgarden says:

    I love thos colors! My asters are just beginnning to bloom. Last year they were way too tall and floppy. This year I cut them back in early June, and now their form is fuller and more appealing to me. Hopefully, they will flower as well.

  15. I have an aster frikartii that’s been blooming for about 3 weeks. It looks just like the one in your picture! I have a lot of asters, including some wild ones that are too pretty to pull. They look a little weedy when not in bloom, but so do I, so I let them stay!!

  16. Masha says:

    These asters are lovely! I have a couple of tiny ones, I am not sure of the variety…

  17. the Blues make me sing! Must dig out my perennial pinks chrysanths and replace with these simple sophisticates. Lovely to see the Chickory too but what is the shorter, deep blue plant growing in the Asters.

    • The spikes are Veronica, Sunny Border Blue. When newly planted and young, the blue is a bit deeper. The second year, they are a little less blue and also less of them. I am not sure why because I have them in the rear beds and they are growing well. This is a photo from last year, before the asters intermingled with the Shastas. Now the two are like one plant. The Veronica still has its own space, so again not sure why the sparse showing. Maybe it was our wet spring.

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