Hi, It's that time again. Let's see everyone's Asters. Such wonderful colors for this time of year.
Asters, Mums and Galliardia. I think they make a great combination.
It's Aster time - Please post your Aster photos
This Nova Begi may become the Aster that ate Philadelphia. It is 5' across. Last fall I dug up the two outside edges of it and gifted those to neighbors and spread some around the other sides of the bed. This spring I again dug up the outside edges of it and took them to our regional swap. It was down to 2" wide after that. It is about 18" tall and stays that height.
followed from the rudbeckia discussion...I think we crossed on asters somewhere recently too...here's New England Asters, plants were started from seed from the wild. They top out around 6' and are unbelievable butterfly magnets in the month of September. They self-seed but valiant elimination can keep that in check.
That's a nice collection you have there stormyla.
jmorth, what lovely photos! Those two asters in your first photo are gorgeous. I've never grown any of the really tall varieties. Are they easy to start from seed?
That goldenrod really does look nice with the asters. I had a few of them move in this year. So far I'm letting them stay.
Beautiful Sulphurs! Thanks for posting, Jmorth.
Wow, how long did you have to follow those guys to get that shot??
Wow. What kind of camera did you use? It's as though you stopped them mid-flight!!
I like it. Need a new camera (I dropped my Nikon Coolpix) - with the damage from dropping it and the changes in technology, it's time. I would like a digital SLR, but can't afford that right now. I'm going to check out the Canon - maybe that's a good compromise for me.
I really like it - it's a 10X zoom yet can actually fit in my back pocket (barely).
I have the tall pink aster and wondering since it is tall already can I cut it back like I do the mums?????
I think it'd be ok, probably bush em out. However, having never attempted that cut I can't say with 100% surity that it's fine.
I just cut all my streetside tall asters back and will cut them back once again before July 15th. After a few days they all put out side shoots at the cut point. Flowers are said to be smaller but more numerous.
In the wilder areas with the taller switch grass to lean on I let the tall asters reach full height.
Having just read that asters and goldenrods are 2 of the best plants to add for nectar in the fall garden I also added a few goldenrods ( love the photo of the 2 together in this thread) near the tall asters with native grasses; little bluestem and switch grass.
The grasses are host plants for the skippers so in the fall I have tons of skippers visiting the asters just like Jmorth mentioned in an earlier post. The plants are literally covered with bees, skippers, butterflies and beneficial insects in the fall.
Asters are one of my favorite plants but I've been disappointed a few times when I impulsively purchased a few unnamed filler asters that where clearly hybrids when not on insect would touch them. Pretty to look at but useless.
I usually cut all of my Asters that grow in excess of two feet tall in half at least once over the summer.
Does'nt matter what 'camera' you use to photograph insects or butterflies, .... you just need to make sure the "shutter-speed" is at 250 or higher in order to capture a clear photo of a 'moving' subject, (in bright-shade or full sun).
And a "macro setting" on the camera helps also :]
Outlaw, Those Crego Asters are really pretty. I have never grown any of those.