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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2006
10:47 PM

Post #2723718

You just gotta love asters, they bide their time until they can steal the show.


this is Harrington's Pink - a 7' monster

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2006
10:50 PM

Post #2723727

this is Alert, a newer one. I would be interested to see if anyone else's is red like it is supposed to be. This is a short one.

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Erynne
Hillsburgh, ON
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2006
2:41 AM

Post #2724508

7' tall??? You gotta be kidding! I never knew they could get that big. They're both so lovely Al.
I only started one type from seed for this year to see if I'd like them in the garden and sure enough, I do!
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

September 15, 2006
12:38 PM

Post #2725776

September Ruby, which I started from seed and also self sows a bit, is gorgeous with New England (blue-violet) in front of it, and the silvery plumes of flame grass behind it, and purple zinnia still in bloom and goldstrum for a cheery accent...Next year I will make a special fall bed with all of these together...
I have a dark foliaged aster from Heronswood - wonder if it would grow from seed like Sept Ruby. I will send seed to one lucky person if they want to give it a try.
Sharon
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 18, 2006
11:12 AM

Post #2734628

This is my favorite 'Alma Potshcke'.

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2006
11:50 AM

Post #2734697

Alma is really pretty, Al.

I really need to do some rearranging. I have Wood's Pink & Wood's Purple (3 of each). the pink was advertised (yeah, I know, don't believe everything you read) as 8-12" and the purple as 12-14" so I planted the pink in front. not only is the pink much larger, it blooms later, so the purple is swallowed up altogether.

Al, would this be something I would move in the spring?


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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 18, 2006
11:50 AM

Post #2734698

aaaaghhh! I just posted a pic over on Northeast forum and it was fine. I'll come back later. Dave must be fixin' somethin'
pepsidrinker
La Salle, MI
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2006
3:05 PM

Post #2735381

Sharon, I would love to try these please :o)
Connie
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

September 18, 2006
5:15 PM

Post #2735913

I'll send you some, Connie, after they bloom. D-mail me with your address, ok? They haven't bloomed yet this year, they are budding though...
LesMc
Louisville, KY
(Zone 6a)

September 20, 2006
12:45 AM

Post #2740597

I am very jealous of these beautiful asters. The rabbits eat every aster I have ever planted! Hence, I give up! enjoyed your pictures. Lesley
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2006
12:52 AM

Post #2740624

Thanks Les

I forgot I do have an annual china aster 'Fireworks'

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 20, 2006
1:59 AM

Post #2740867

Yankee man--beautiful asters, which is what I always expect from you no matter the flower, but you're gonna have to wait a month or a month and and a half to see mine. I got a whole bed of them. ;)
DJ of the south
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 20, 2006
6:00 PM

Post #2742708

Here's my Aster dumosus 'Little Pink Beauty'

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DanceyTx
Midway, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2006
9:20 PM

Post #2749991

How do you propagate Asters?
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2006
9:48 PM

Post #2750108

Great photos! My Professors just started bloming and again, putting on a lovely show. I Have to plant more Asters!

Al,
Annual Aster 'Fireworks'? That's gorgeous. All on one plant?

Todd,
That is a little pink beauty,,,just lovely.

Kelly
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 22, 2006
9:56 PM

Post #2750150

Kelly - it was a mix, so they are on seperate plants. If you wanted a specific color I could save you one.


Dancy - I have only divided them, you can cut them up pretty small for new plants that way.
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2006
10:02 PM

Post #2750170

Al,

Heck no, I want all the colors,,,LOL Didn't think it would be on one plant. I'll be watching for those seeds next year when I get to the store.

I did get a very nice surprise. Last summer someone sent me a Candy Lily in a trade. Threw it in and didn't think much of it. This year it put out 3 different colored tiny lilies. Yellow, orange and a reddish color.

Here's the Orange

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GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2006
10:03 PM

Post #2750171

Here's the Yellow,,,not a very clear pic.

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GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 22, 2006
10:04 PM

Post #2750179

And the red. Never did think to take a pic of the whole plant,,,another duh moment,,lol

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 23, 2006
1:33 AM

Post #2750773

Dancy--they root very easy...want some native ones at College Station RU? Gotta ton here.

Gardengeek--can I shamelessly beg/trade something for the yellow and pink candy lillies?

Al--no comment on my post? I must be loosing my touch. ;)
Debbie
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 23, 2006
2:22 AM

Post #2750917

dmj,

I only have the one so far. If I get some more out of it next year, definitely we can work something out. Maybe I'll try some of the seeds to see if I get anything

Kelly
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 23, 2006
2:40 AM

Post #2750968

Sorry DJ Debbie,
I was going to say something about checking in betweens games on Thanksgiving to see if your asters had bloomed yet.
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 23, 2006
5:00 PM

Post #2752122

here's NY aster Wood's Purple. wish it would bloom at the same time as Wood's Pink. the pink is just getting started. covered with buds, though

gram ~a girl~

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2006
5:19 AM

Post #2753984

Oh Al they should really bloom about the first of November--right about when you are loading up on those necessary "beverages" for the Thanksgiving games. =)
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 24, 2006
1:19 PM

Post #2754363

That one is nice Ms. A Girl, for me the pink ones open before the purples.

DebB, You'll have to get me that variety then - I don't have much that blooms that late here, maybe if I load up with the adult beverages sooner - your flowers will open sooner?


so anyway - in this pot I stuck 2 of the 'Alert's', I don't think either one is.

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2006
1:24 PM

Post #2754373

The one on the right in the pot looks like mine--maybe a bit darker purple than mine.
DanceyTx
Midway, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 24, 2006
4:04 PM

Post #2754786

Thanks Al! I'll try and divide some of my asters and see how they do.

Deb I don't know yet if I'll make the CS RU. sigh My Dad has been really sick and I've had to take him to the doctor a lot. I'll have to wait and see.

Lin
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 24, 2006
4:09 PM

Post #2754801

Dancey they are very easy from cuttings too. At least oblongifolium is.
PerennialGirl
Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 4a)

September 24, 2006
6:28 PM

Post #2755192

Beautiful pics, bigcityal! Luv the 'Alma Potshcke'!!

GardenGeek_Wi, your candy lilies are gorgeous to. Luv the deep red one. Don't forget to save seeds.
:) Donna
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 24, 2006
8:24 PM

Post #2755478

Donna,

Will definitely be doing that,,,thanks
echoes
South of Winnipeg, MB
(Zone 3a)

September 25, 2006
12:37 AM

Post #2755956

Here's my new favourite, Monch, blooming with some sedums.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 25, 2006
12:56 AM

Post #2756023

These were here when I moved in... not sure what type but a very brilliant pink!

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GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 25, 2006
4:27 AM

Post #2756609

oooo, both are beauties
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2006
7:23 AM

Post #2756730

'Wonder of Staffa' or Aster Frikarth
Single blooms are appx. 2" across.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2006
7:26 AM

Post #2756732

New England Aster or Aster novae-angliae
A native wildflower around here.

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GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 25, 2006
1:59 PM

Post #2757136

jm,
Gorgeous, they glow in those pics.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2006
12:49 AM

Post #2758890

Jmorth--that Aster novae-angliae is right nice lookin'. Love native plants here.

Al--I'm your biggest fan, I'll watch where I put my hands.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2006
12:59 AM

Post #2758914

Very nice pics here.

We do get the native asters here - blooming along with the boltonia right now.

Debbie - you don't own a hatchet do you?

here is a fuller shot of 'Alert'

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2006
1:01 AM

Post #2758919

Nice aster Al--no hatchets but I got a good sharp pruning saw.
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 26, 2006
3:09 PM

Post #2760301

Well, I do believe I may need asters. What are their growing habits during the seasons? And, i think I already know the dormant season growth habit! lol
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 26, 2006
8:58 PM

Post #2761156

peg,

It's hard to wait for them, but it's Well worth it when they are blooming while everything else is starting to go to sleep. Other than that, mine just keep growing a nice mound of green and then suddenly one day you wake up and that nice green mound is starting to show Lovely color. I will need to get more Asters next year. Now that I have kept this one alive for 2 years, I'm pretty safe.

Kelly
CBernard
Perris, CA
(Zone 9a)

September 26, 2006
9:21 PM

Post #2761218

JMorth,

That is a beautiful photo of the New England Aster. I thought I would try one of these plants just for the heck of it last spring. It is not as big as your plant but the blooms are all over in the same fashion.

Thanks to the good people of Illinois for giving us this native plant...

Chuck
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2006
10:27 PM

Post #2761351

Peg - I guess you could say they shoot up pretty good and then just sort of hang around until it cools off.


I got a better shot of this and think the one on the right is 'Wonder of Staffa' - what do you think?

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 26, 2006
10:31 PM

Post #2761358

This is Professor Kippenberg.

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pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 27, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2761762

Chuck, again, I think I need Asters!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have so much "green" in my front yard,and admit i am not a blue flower fan (Williamsburg,VA to blame for that) but if there is pink, red and yellow ... i am in! when do I plant and how do they fair /fare with mums?
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 27, 2006
7:12 PM

Post #2763842

Here's the Professor in my yard.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 28, 2006
10:02 AM

Post #2765801

This is Aster dumosus 'Hein Richard'

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

September 28, 2006
10:27 AM

Post #2765819

Beautiful asters everyone! Todd - that last one is gorgeous!
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 28, 2006
1:32 PM

Post #2766142

Todd,

That is one Gorgeous Aster. I'll definitely be putting that one on my list to look for.

Kelly
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 28, 2006
1:54 PM

Post #2766201

This is beginning to sound like a one-liner joke: Hey everyone, look at my "as-ter!" hee hee
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 28, 2006
2:02 PM

Post #2766228

LOL
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2006
12:55 AM

Post #2768221

here's the Wood's pink I was waiting for

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

September 29, 2006
1:00 AM

Post #2768230

Is it really tight to the ground? Very nice!
Tam
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2006
1:02 AM

Post #2768234

Very nice Gram and Todd.

I was looking through some of my catalogs at these cultivars and just remembered I don't have any white ones - didn't see any posted yet either.
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2006
11:51 AM

Post #2769356

Do these behave like Mums in the yard beds? I mean , send up foliage and then bloom in the fall?
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 29, 2006
7:35 PM

Post #2770533

peg,

Yep, they are lovely when everything else is starting to go to sleep.
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 29, 2006
8:42 PM

Post #2770684

OK, so, I order them in spring ? or late summer?
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

September 30, 2006
2:33 AM

Post #2771589

Either one. I think I bought mine in June one year.
intercessor
Fox River Valley Are, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2006
8:00 PM

Post #2773124

Al,
My aster alert is much deeper in color. I would say more like violet. Who knows, I planted a rose that was pink then turned tp purple later on. I think you saw it in the Dahlia forum.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2006
8:13 PM

Post #2773155

It's also in my 9/26 picture - it's the left one in the pot
pegdog
Winchester, VA
(Zone 6a)

September 30, 2006
10:35 PM

Post #2773574

Thanks, it's always fun to have a new "goal" inthe garden.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2006
2:02 PM

Post #2775220

Todd that aster does look really nice with the rocks.

Al is Alma in the ground? If so it makes a nice mound and doesn't seem to run, huh?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2006
2:51 PM

Post #2775353

dmj - the asters spread too vigorously for us so we put them on a huge mound of turf taken from creating the vegetable garden many years ago. Now they can't escape and people think they're seeing 8' tall asters as they drive by. Many have stopped and asked what the huge blue "bush" is.

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
2:53 PM

Post #2775362

I have it growing through a peony ring, it has held up, I think next year I need to add a rebar stake to the back of it for a little more support. I gave away half that plant since last year too.

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 1, 2006
3:06 PM

Post #2775400

Asters, like chrysanthamums, like to take over the planet here to if given half an opprtuninity.

Pirl--also a good way to get the aters up at "eye" level too!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 1, 2006
3:08 PM

Post #2775403

When it finally blooms I'll send photos. I'm going to plant some purple ones in between and hope it works out. If I add some pink I'd have a patchwork quilt of asters.
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 1, 2006
9:23 PM

Post #2776439

pirl,
That is one huge Aster! Can't wait to see it in bloom

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
9:54 PM

Post #2776509

My Alma Aster. Also my favorite!

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
9:57 PM

Post #2776522

The person who gave me this one had a last name of Hall. So, Hall's Purple Aster.

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
9:59 PM

Post #2776526

A blue volunteer.

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
10:31 PM

Post #2776600

Pirl - I always forget that aster go backwards with their blooming, so as long as you post it before Thankksgiving I'll watch for it.

Debbie - I don't have room for runners , zero tolerance program is in effect.

Mrs. Billy - you got a Halls too? He told me it was a one of a kind ;) Very nice, how old is your Alma?

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
10:40 PM

Post #2776623

Giggle ; )

I first saw Alma in a magazine in 1988. I tore it out and kept it. I got two in 1992. I wish they reseeded like the others. They seem to be slow growers as mine haven't expanded much.

Mrs. Billy
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 1, 2006
11:04 PM

Post #2776663

My Alma has grown pretty steady, I did divide it last fall and some in the spring also. It did seem to have some dieing woody center that might have benefitted from division You should give some to old man Hall.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2006
1:08 PM

Post #2778150

He died. Wish he hadn't. He had a greenhouse and I was down there almost every day buying plants. Mine haven't developed a woody center yet. I can maybe cut them in half, but I wouldn't go smaller.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2006
2:11 PM

Post #2793782

Finally, some aster action starting on the natives in the deep south (so deep we've had record-breaking heat the last 2 days) so obviously this plant is daylength related and not temp related. This is Symphyotrichum oblongifolium or aster oblongfolius and its native to Texas North to Montana and east to New York and down the eastern seaboard into Ala, Miss, and over to Arkansas. Zones 4-9; height 24", width 2'-3'. Just starting to break here.

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2006
2:15 PM

Post #2793790

Here's the "aster patch"--should look really good in about a week.

Al, you might recognize that terra cotta colored gallon pot on the far left. That's the sparkler--he's been enjoying full sun now for about 2-3 weeks. Looks really good...he's going in the ground in a week or so--as soon as I get some other 'chores' taken care of.
Debbie

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 7, 2006
2:32 PM

Post #2793825

Debbie - thanks for the info along with the pic's. We had a brief heatwave earlier this
week but now the temps have gotten into more normal for fall (high 50's).
Tam
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2006
9:17 PM

Post #2794706

I'm definitely not the sort of person that believes everything I see--but amazing difference in the number of blooms from this morning to this afternoon. I guess once they make up their mind to finally bloom down here--they bloom! This "aster patch" should be a solid carpet by Monday...

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2006
10:35 PM

Post #2794878

Well hey Debbie things are moving along for you. Speaking of oblongifolium -no October Skies showed up on this thread, I have thought about getting that one. Did you get any late flowers on Sparkler?
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2006
10:44 PM

Post #2794894

Sparkler is still in the pot and I didn't put it out into the sun until 2-3 weeks ago. I'm gonna give it a mild 8-8-8 tonight and see if I can't coax it into a late bloom.

I thought 'October Skies' was the cultivar name they sell oblongfolium under these days...in which case that's what I have. Its a great plant for down here, puts up with full sun, 100% humidity, and over-abundant water since its right under 2 small cypress trees and about 25' from my Louisiana Iris bed. It just seems like you have to wait forever on it.

I've got a few other late autumn surprises yet to flower for the year; I'll post them when it happens. Mainly a "cuphea hedge" that will look like a 'hedge of candy corn candy' about Halloween. Trick or treat? ;)
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 7, 2006
11:19 PM

Post #2794969

**Note to self - soap Debbie's windows**

I wasn't going to assume that the straight species and October Skies were the same. I know I have seen it around here.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 7, 2006
11:23 PM

Post #2794974

What no TP draped from the live oak branches to harmonize with the soap? I feel slighted...
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2006
10:33 PM

Post #2808250

Here's a contribution to your thread Al--they are finally popping pretty good--guess this weekend will be the best. Was rainy Monday and Tuesday...think that slowed them down a bit. Here's the aster patch.

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2006
10:35 PM

Post #2808255

And a close up. I think some pink ones mixed in here for next year would be nice, no?

Anyone know if there are any native pink asters by any chance?

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 11, 2006
11:31 PM

Post #2808356

Don't know about native pink asters. Your blue asters are very pretty!

Here's my contribution - these are wild ones self planted on a very old stone
wall.

Tam

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dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2006
11:56 PM

Post #2808393

I really like that look! I think I might find some pink granite pieces to go around mine. Great idea there Tammy! I guess I could research the native pink aster question and post. I just like the natives better down here because the non-native are as invasive as the chrysanthemums. I guess its because we have such a long growing season. These have expanded in size but not moved or come up away from their original location.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2006
12:09 AM

Post #2808423

Debbie - I like that color, nice big clump there. I don't know about your pink either, I'll see if my natives catalog has any.

Nice Tammy.
jjpm74
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 12, 2006
3:52 AM

Post #2809157

My asters are being enjoyed by the last of the monarchs in my area:

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 12, 2006
11:10 AM

Post #2809587

Thanks for letting us enjoy the monarchs jjpm!
Tam
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 12, 2006
11:12 AM

Post #2809590

Nice shot of those asters!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2006
11:16 AM

Post #2809594

jjpm I second Tammy - I just love to see photos of those glorious butterflies!
jjpm74
Stratford, CT
(Zone 6b)

October 12, 2006
9:32 PM

Post #2811266

Thanks, all. I tried to take a picture of a whole plant today as I counted 26 monarchs on one aster plant, but sadly the light outside wasn't agreeing with my camera.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2006
1:30 AM

Post #2811991

I think I might need to look at plant combinations a little better next year. Here's a different one for you: native asters, native lantana, zinnias, a clerondendrum ugandense shrub (the lower half of it anyway), and a bunch of pots...what was I thinkin'?

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2006
9:59 AM

Post #2812735

I like it! I think the lantana goes very well with the asters and the pink zinnia fits right in :-) That's a color combination I really like!
happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 13, 2006
1:40 PM

Post #2813190

What short asters would you recommend? The talls ones in my garden are wonderful but flop over everything. I'll love to focus on a few short reliable plants for that fall burst of color.

kooger

kooger
Oostburg, WI
(Zone 5b)

October 13, 2006
2:58 PM

Post #2813466

'Purple Dome' is a very reliable long bloomer. Skip 'Thyra Viking' - pretty pink colour but blooms last only a few days. Very disappointing!
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2006
9:37 PM

Post #2814576

jjpm - that is a very pretty shot, very enjoyable.

happy - I am going to generalize and say the purple ones are shorter than the pink ones. I had decent success having one grow through a peony ring.

I saw a nice commercial property with asters, not really that common - most of those are stella'd out. I didn't poke around, but probably Purple Dome or Prof Kip, the perovskia is planted a lot now in those settings too.

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2006
9:41 PM

Post #2814595

here's the other side, I guess it is surprising to see a commercial bed put so much of it's emphasis on one season -especially fall.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 13, 2006
10:47 PM

Post #2814733

I have been scrounging around for a pic to scan, but can't find one. I have one in my film camera right now, but a lotta good that does. IMO, a REALLY good short, spreading (but not underground) one is Aster 'Snow Flurries'. 6 inches high or so, spreads to about 2+ feet. Will even drape over a retaining wall. Completely covered with tiny white flowers now. Has a billowy effect, rather than just a flattish mound. I'll post a pic when I can.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2006
11:00 PM

Post #2814752

Great pics Al.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2006
11:30 PM

Post #2814814

Lefty - that is a white one I am assuming.
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 14, 2006
4:33 AM

Post #2815823

Al,

You're right, great plants for a commercial setting, lovely photos
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 14, 2006
11:44 AM

Post #2816086

My native asters along the sidewalk strip are blooming nicely now. I am deadheading intensely now and would like to know how long I can continue to deadhead and still get seeds forming for the birds? Lovely pics from all.

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happy_macomb
Chevy Chase, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2006
1:46 PM

Post #2816339

Leftwood: Thanks for the suggestion -- I'll look for that!
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2006
12:45 AM

Post #2817750

A gulf coast fritillary enjoying the asters and lantana.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 15, 2006
12:49 AM

Post #2817763

Snow Flurries - Yup: white.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 15, 2006
1:32 AM

Post #2817923

A lovely 80 degrees here; nice breeze. Garden perfection. =)

I hear the golf courses were packed Al--this is the time of year I get to give it back to you. They say we have year-round golfing but I wouldn't want to be out there in August, myself. =)
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2006
12:48 PM

Post #2831121

I'm taken with asters! I don't have the experience you all have, but plants with such big, dramatic "attitudes" really grab me. Some of the photos on this thread ... mmm almost as good as heavy cream.

This is my Purple Dome from Bluestone Perennials, planted this spring. They aren't supposed to be all that big. I'll be moving two when I have their beds made, so each has room to spread.

My September Ruby were also new and didn't offer more than two or three blooms this year, but it was overrun by catnip and Pineapple Sage. I've corrected that and look forward to it's getting huge.

I have good drainage, but we get a lot of rain in the winter, average is 57"; last year we got around 72". Do I need to unmulch the asters (echinaceas, coreopsis)?

Thanks for the thread, bcAl.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2006
1:40 PM

Post #2831484

4Paws - your "almost as good as heavy cream" phrase is so good, especially the "almost" part of it.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2006
8:57 PM

Post #2832657

Paws - that's a good start, yes they will spread so more room is better - or divide and give away too, easier to find homes for than a lot of things.
Have you had echinacea/coreopsis before? You know it might not make a difference, but they don't like the wetness too much - maybe experiment?

Debbie - I think we have your winter here now - damp and mid 40's, still some nice days to come tho.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2006
11:43 PM

Post #2833129

Yep--that's our winter Al. Right now its 67 and windy--not to worry tomorrow will be 80 probably. =)
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2006
11:48 PM

Post #2833137

Finally, the asters on the "hill" in full bloom.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2006
11:49 PM

Post #2833139

Complete with a butterfly.

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billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

October 19, 2006
11:50 PM

Post #2833143

Wow! That is a nice mound of flowers! Name?
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2006
11:55 PM

Post #2833159

I'm so tempted to just say Asters but I think it's the typical New England aster.
dmj1218
west Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2006
12:00 AM

Post #2833181

Pirl-that is so cool looking--good way to deal with bothe the asters and to recycle that sod.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2006
12:57 AM

Post #2833376

If only all our experiments worked as well!!!
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 20, 2006
6:46 AM

Post #2834099

Very nice, pirl (I thought of you and your cartons when I wrote it).

Al, I've had those plants in an extremely different environment - western CO. I've got good drainage, and no summer water once everyone is established. I just hope they don't rot, even with the good drainage.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2006
1:56 PM

Post #2834571

I've had asters that wouldn't perform in typical gardens but the hill must provide the drainage they want.
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 20, 2006
3:28 PM

Post #2834858

pirl,
Gorgeous plant. So nice and full. I want to stroll down your path,,,LOL
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2006
3:31 PM

Post #2834869

Me, too, but it's raining!

Thanks!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 20, 2006
8:15 PM

Post #2835740

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurries'. Originally came from Roots & Rhizomes. Sorry about the poor resolution. Flowers are very typically aster. So thick you can hardly tell it is draping over a short retaining wall.
Also : Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude' (Autumn Joy)

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bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2006
12:15 AM

Post #2836448

Very nice Pirl - nice pics

Lefty - looks great, I'm not a white mum fan so something a little different would be good, it does look like a plant that might look better combined with something darker.

Paws - you'll have to let us know your results.
4paws
Citra, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 21, 2006
3:32 AM

Post #2836835

Oh dear...should I be worried?
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 21, 2006
4:19 AM

Post #2836920

pirl, lol,,,it's been yucky here too.
mvespa
Englishtown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

October 21, 2006
4:34 PM

Post #2837869

I thought this was a pretty color combination taken on 9/17.

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justfurkids
Toone, TN
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2006
4:51 PM

Post #2837917

Lovely mvespa! Love that litle coleus tucked in there. I have a black coleus I am overwintering with rooted cuttings that I want to try with my asters next year. Ought to be striking I think.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 21, 2006
4:51 PM

Post #2837918

mvespa - those are really pretty!
GardenGeek_WI
Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

October 23, 2006
3:26 AM

Post #2841812

mve,

Very nice.

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