In Autumn, Purple Asters is the name of my game. They are happily blooming in every nook and cranny.
What's so great about Asters? Well, if you're dreading the onslaught of winter, they're just about the latest 'Daisy' to bloom in the garden.
They're good eats for our favorite hobos... traveling bees, butterflies, and birds.
I've heard rumors that Asters come in white. I don't know why anyone in their right mind would want a fall blooming white flower when we're inches away from a long, snowy winter but, what do I know...
Free Flowers!! Most of my Asters are wild. They began as weeds. After I discovered how pretty they were I promoted to them to flower status.
Natives worth nurturing: Blue Woods Aster, New England Aster, New York Aster.
I asked the waiter standing outside the door of the steakhouse to find a corner table for "me, my colleague and the butterfly."
"Right away, sir," responded the waiter, acting as if there was nothing extraordinary about a butterfly dropping in at a steakhouse... Read the rest of this marvelous story.
* What you need to grow Asters: Sun.
Yup, that's it. They grow in dry, wet, clay, sandy soils, too cold to imagine Canada and too hot to handle New Mexico. The Migrating Monarch Magazine recently reviewed them as the 'perfect flower dinner for a long road trip!'