“Asters”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The asters I received from my mother’s garden have started blooming in earnest. These perennials have really done well this year. I planted little seedings in 2008, and they did okay last year, but this year they have really grown and flourished. I am hoping to get my own seedlings so that I can have even more for the circle garden. That area of the garden has really suffered this summer. It seems to need watering daily, which is surprising since I put out the sprinklers for about two hours at a time. But, these plants have done so well even under hot, dry conditions that I am hoping to get little seedlings of my own to expand their planting area.
While taking a photo of these asters for this post, I was surprised how their color comes out so differently in the picture than in real life. In the photo they are a lovely shade of blue which would be great in the garden, but, unfortunately, that is not their true color. In real life they are a light shade of purple which is perfect for late summer/early fall. I don’t know why they don’t photograph the correct color, but I have had other flowers do the same thing, my ageratum, for example, photographs pink instead of purple.
I just think these clusters of daisy-like flowers are so cheerful looking especially since most of the summer flowers are starting to fade. After they finish blooming, I just lightly shear them back and soon there are new flowers showing up in the garden.
I just realized that it is the spring and fall flowering plants that I seem to concentrate on in my garden, and summer flowers don’t seem to get me as excited. It probably is because I am in the garden just about daily in fall through spring. Because of our summer heat, I am not out working in the garden nearly as much as when the temperatures are cooler. I guess these asters thrill me because I know it won’t be long before the other favorite fall bloomers will be showing up.