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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
4:56 AM

Post #7135976

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.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
5:00 AM

Post #7135984

These Asters are all NOID varieities purchased very inexpensively at the produce stand.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
5:05 AM

Post #7135986

These are all between 18 & 24" tall. They were a good bit taller, but I cut them down by half in the 3rd week of July.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
5:11 AM

Post #7135996

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.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
5:15 AM

Post #7136002

This tiny Aster is Wood's Light Blue and was just planted last month. I like how it looks with the Gloriosa Daisy.

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 5, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #7136005

This Alma Potsche is about 4' tall and was planted two years ago. In my garden, it requires staking.

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2009
6:18 AM

Post #7171014

I especially love that little Woods Light Blue . . .
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
6:30 AM

Post #7171025

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.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
6:43 AM

Post #7171035

Goldenrod go well with these asters. Goldenrod just arrived one year out off the blue. Well, probably from some farm field where its often a prolific 'weed' along ditches and field edges.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
6:59 AM

Post #7171044

2 Sulphurs

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
7:05 AM

Post #7171046

Monarch, Sulphur, and bee

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 15, 2009
7:09 AM

Post #7171051

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.

Thanks, Katie.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 15, 2009
7:11 AM

Post #7171054

Wow, how long did you have to follow those guys to get that shot??
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
7:18 AM

Post #7171059

They get so thick out there in the middle of Sept., I can stand on a concrete slab that borders some of the asters and take a 100 pictures of the butterflies & bees within a relatively short span of time. The goldenrods seem to be favored by wasps.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 15, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #7171060

Here's 2 Cabbage Whites from the same day as above, ones flying.

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 15, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #7172508

Wow. What kind of camera did you use? It's as though you stopped them mid-flight!!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #7174304

Canon SX110 IS

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katie59
Woodinville, WA
(Zone 8b)

October 16, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #7174499

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.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2009
5:13 AM

Post #7174508

I really like it - it's a 10X zoom yet can actually fit in my back pocket (barely).
bluepoppy
Landisburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2011
10:25 AM

Post #8549882

I have the tall pink aster and wondering since it is tall already can I cut it back like I do the mums?????
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8550368

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.
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 3, 2011
2:38 AM

Post #8605528

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.
stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

August 6, 2011
9:05 AM

Post #8740019

I usually cut all of my Asters that grow in excess of two feet tall in half at least once over the summer.

LoveForests

LoveForests
FU
United States
(Zone 9b)

August 11, 2011
10:55 PM

Post #8751551

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 :]

LoveForests

LoveForests
FU
United States
(Zone 9b)

September 8, 2011
8:55 PM

Post #8800057



This message was edited Sep 16, 2011 9:53 PM

OutlawHeart81

OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8810255

Wild asters with goldenrod seem to be a hot combo. :)

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OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8810260

Here's some Crego mixed asters

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OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8810265

More of the same

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OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8810269

And another

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OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8810285

But I'm really a bigger fan of the wild guys. :)

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OutlawHeart81
Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8810287

Such a perfect and natural combo

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stormyla
Norristown, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 10, 2011
6:20 PM

Post #8844139

Outlaw, Those Crego Asters are really pretty. I have never grown any of those.
kjuddy
(karen) Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8852378

Here's a picture of my Asters with Cleome not sure which aster this is but it is my favorite!

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