Tag Archives: Aromatic Aster

Farewell, Indian Summer

Farewell Indian Summer   SONGWRITERS WILLIAMS, HARRY/HICKMAN, A Does anyone remember that song? Here’s the rendition by Glenn Miller; there is also one by Frank Sinatra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa_faILW6MQ Obviously dating me. In this song, Indian Summer was a metaphor for a romance that had begun in June and had faded by Indian Summer. What really is […]

Fiery Fall Foliage

Fiery Fall Foliage Let’s Plant Red-leaved Native Shrubs instead of the Invasive Burning Bush In the late 50’s-60’s, Compact Burning Bush (Euonymous alatus compactus) was introduced to the landscape industry and was soon installed on the corner of every newly built ranch house in the Northeast and Midwest, including ours.   While it does have […]

One Dazzling Butterfly and Two Splendid Asters

One Dazzling Butterfly and Two Splendid Asters. It was chilly in my studio/office in the northeast corner of my house one day last week, so I set up my computer in my screened-in porch (facing southwest), where it was comfortably warmer.   It wasn’t long before I noticed butterfly activity on the New England Aster right […]

More on Asters and Grasses

More on Asters and Grasses   I can’t help myself.   All last week, whenever I would step outside my front door, whether to get the mail or pick up the newspaper, I would run back into the house for my camera and take more photographs of all the asters.   Aromatic Aster and Prairie […]

Astounding Asters

Astounding Asters  I have way too many asters—Smooth Blue, New England, Aromatic, and Heath in my prairie gardens and Short’s and Side-flowering in my savanna gardens—that is, until September.  Now I’m emerged in joyful aster exuberance, exultation, abundance, generosity, verdancy, lushness, luxuriating in asters, intoxicated with asters…well. look for yourselves:   I’ve been so busy […]

Romantic Gardens

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.  Blaise Pascal Give all to love, Obey thy heart, Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit and the Muse,— Nothing refuse. Ralph Waldo Emerson    Romantic Gardens  The Romantic Period was an intellectual and artistic movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed […]

Through the Year 2011 in My Garden

THROUGH THE YEAR 2011 IN MY GARDEN     JANUARY  I neglected to take any pictures at my house last January, so I’m showing you a  photograph of June’s stone stairway that I did take. Last year, in February, I  featured the grass, stone, and snow of the Geneva Riverwalk, but if you have a […]

Asters

Asters   Last Week in September   “Asters, like prophets, are without honor in their own country.” said Louise Wilder Beebe.  Known as “Michaelmas  Daisies” because they bloom around St. Michaelmas Day on September 29,  asters are held in high esteem by English and other European gardeners, while we in the United States distain them […]

My House in Autumn

Fall may seem an odd time to begin a blog about gardening, but fall is in many ways the best time to start or renew a garden. The soil is mellow, the weather is temperate, and in autumn plants put all their energy into root growth rather than top growth as they do in spring. […]