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16/08/2009


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MICHAELMAS DAISY - love, daintiness, after thought

When colour is beginning to fade in the late Summer garden, the Aster or Michealmas Daisy as it is commonly known, is just coming into bloom. This perennial, with its pale mauve daisy-like flowers is a real treat, not only to the human eye, but to butterflies, bees and hoverflies.

Aster comes from the Greek word Asteri, meaning star. This celestial body puts on an outstanding performance when planted in a sunny position. The variety I grow is quite happy to self-seed in cracks between paving. Its tall, and wiry stems would benefit from staking, to protect from wind damage, if only I could push a cane through concrete! Its foliage can be prone to mildew, but when growing in extreme dry conditions like mine, this just doesn't happen.

This is my 200th post!

The names of all who leave a comment on this post will be entered into a draw, to win a garden/flower themed mystery givaway.

I shall pick out a winner on September 30th, so there's plenty of time to get your comments in.

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18 comments:

ginny said...

lovely shot and happy 200th post.. i enjoy visiting your little piece of eden x

Glo said...

An informative post ~ congratulations on it being your 200th! I don't have any of these flowers in my garden, but it must be nice to see them coming to life as other plants are getting ready to settle down.

Flighty said...

Sadly they invariably suffer from mildew hereabouts!
Well done on 200 posts, and here's to the next 200! xx

Heather said...

Happy 200th, Louise. I always love the photos in your posts especially. I really like the photo of the Iris plant seed heads. Gorgeous.

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on 200 posts.
The asters are beautiful, Brooke has a friend called Aster and I always think of the flowers, Brooke just thinks her friend has an unusual name.

Re said...

Congrats on your 200th post, well done.

Suburbia said...

Congratulations on your 200th post!

These flowers remind me of playing in my lovely Grannys garden when I was a child :)

Threadspider said...

Congratulations Louise! It seems such a short time since I first passed by. Can it really be 200 posts ago?

elaine said...

Thank-you for all the wonderful posts. You're so good to us Louise. xox xox xox

Pomona said...

Congratulations on reaching 200 posts! Have just discovered your blog - I love all things garden. I think Michaelmas daisies are what my garden needs - the flowers are getting a bit thin on the ground here now.

Pomona x

Simone said...

Wow! 200 posts! I have yet to reach my 100th so well done! Does the Michaelmas Daisy close its petals during the day?

Rosezilla said...

Yay, while I was gone, you came back! I've been enjoying catching up with your lovely posts. Congrats on the big 200!

sheila said...

Happy happy 200th! Gosh, you make me want to go back and count my posts now...

Cowboys and Custard said...

A very happy belated 200th post Louise..cause for celebration!
Your pretty Michaelmas Daisies remind me of my childhood garden.. I haven't grown any in any of my gardens but will have to remedy that!

Michele xx

Anniebead said...

Congratulations on your 200th post! I too love Asters, they always brighten my day when I see them growing in the garden.

mangocheeks said...

You have so many lovely photographs, thank you for sharing them with us.

Bumpkin Bears said...

I do love Asters, especially at this time of year with less flowers in the garden. Congratulations on your 200th post. I have also just seen your photo of the fox, how amazing just sunning himself there! Hugs, Catherine x

periwinkle said...

I'd love some wildlife in my garden -- if I had one that is , in the meantime I just make do with other peoples ( definately yours ) congrats on 200 posts ..