Sunday, September 26, 2010

Autumn Flowers in the Catskills





 

New York Asters have a wild yet innocent daintiness, unlike the fancy hybrid
Michaelmas daisy, or the uniform sheet of color on a cultivated hardy mum.

They grow unfettered in my sloping, wet meadow and tumble to the stream below.  
If deer nibble, they respond with denser sprays a little later, greeting the first golden-amber
leaves with their twinkling periwinkle eyes.

I am so lucky to have them by the thousands.  
Collecting fluffy seed heads in October and chucking them here and there ensures more.  
My kind of gardening!





A wild sister of wet area asters self-seeds becomingly, with her baby-tiny pink flowers,
so charming with the last of my foxgloves.   Her name remains a mystery,
as does that of the starry white wild flowers underplanting my ‘Ballerina’ rose.



Often, I wish had not learnt the true name of a plant,
for some of my asters are called ‘Swamp Asters’ and it pains me!

Do you have a favorite fall flower?

Until next time, stay shabby!


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44 comments:

Mariette said...

Dearest Sandy,

Lovely flowers, especially the foxgloves and the roses. Swamp Aster is not a very romantic name but nevertheless. Funny for you to be in New Netherland... Are you familiar with The New Netherland Institute? http://bit.ly/dsxw59
Since you are in a kind of historical area with your Streamside Studio this could be interesting for you.

Sunny greetings from Georgia,

MariettesBacktoBasics

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Sandy,

I really don't have a favorite fall flower. I seem to love all of them and can't choose. ♥

I've haven't been by to visit in a while and just wanted to say hello.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,
Stephanie ♥

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Hi Sandy,
I love the foxgloves, one of the most romantic flowers ever in my book. How great you have so many flowers around your serene studio.

Right now I'm trying to get my white Madonna bougainvillea planted around my studio... I know, strange for this time of year, but they're doing beautiful and I got them for a song since the nursery wasn't taking care of them. Love to "rescue" plants and bring them home & help them back to the lovely way they're supposed to be. Breaks my heart to see them not being cared for so they come home w/me. Wow, this was long... sorry. I'm passionate about my plants!

Chat w/you soon!

Alaina said...

I have those unnamed tiny pink flowers and my family laughed at me when I let it grow in my gardens because it is JUST a weed. I liked it and it is still growing there three years later. I love the wild asters, another favorite wild flower is the plox, they smell a lot like lilacs and they come in the Spring. I look forward to seeing your beautiful cottage in the winter.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Sandy,

I have been enjoying following your adventures with your lovely little cottage. Now, it is exciting to see how your neck of the woods will transform during the holidays. Is your cottage heated so you can spend time in it during Christmas? It is simply divine. Anita

Whimsey Creations said...

I love lantana. Even though they start blooming in the summer, they are at their very best during the early fall. I love the delicate tiny individual flowers in each cluster and that they are different colors. It doesn't hurt that the butterflies love them too! I saw you on Nate Berkus the other day - congratulations!!

Robyn said...

You tickled me when you said you almost wished you had never learned the true name of your aster. I too love things to have a bit of mystery sometimes. We are surrounded by REALITY, a little mystery adds some romance! All of those flowers are so ver lovely! BTW, I'm having a CSN gift certificate giveaway over at my blog, I'd love for you to stop by and enter if you have a moment!

Robyn said...

Oh, and I LOVE love love the foxgloves...so gorgeous!

gail said...

I'm jeoulous that your foxgloves are still in bloom. Mine died out a month ago, with all the heat!
I love black eyed susans which seem to last into the fall, and I also have discovered hyacynth bean vine which lasts till frost...it is beautiful. It has purple pods which you keep and plant in spring and beautiful purple flowers on an endless trailing vine. Love it!!
Hmmm I think I'll take a picture of it later!
Oh I love fall.....
gail
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cityfarmer said...

my autumn clematis is rocking my world ...

oh and your foxglove!!!

NanaDiana said...

I miss PA in the Fall the most of all. I grew up close to the NY/PA state line and this time of year is just wildly beautiful there.

You flowers are beatiful and sweet..Diana

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hi Sandy :) Beautiful photos, and love the foxglove; I have a few planted in my garden and just love them. I watched you on the Nate Berkus show, and you were wonderful!! :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

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Debby said...

I got to see you on the new
Nate show. I don't get off work til 6 p.m. I hurried home as his show starts here at 6.....crazy time, I think. But, I got home in time. I loved yor segment. So glad I caught it. You looked as lovely as your studio.

Victorian1885 said...

Hello Sandy
Floxglove is my favorite Fall flower. I am sure you are still flying high from your appearance on The Nate Show! Great job..

Wanda

Allison said...

Your gorunds are so pretty and peaceful....love the meadow and the stream. Foxgloves are so delicate and romantic I think. One of the flowers that does well in the Fall where I llive is the Viola. They also are very sweet and dainty looking. I love how they overfill the pots and hanging baskets and trail over the edge in a waterfall effect. It's hard to choose a favorite. I adore all flowers!

Gilding Lilies said...

It was great seeing you on TV. I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now, and it was fun to see it come to life. Congratulations!

Zuzu said...

Beautiful, Sandy!!! Most of our flowers are gone now, but the aspens are in full autumn color.

Have a lovely week,
Zuzu

Jojo said...

I just love the spider lily that pops out in the fall and mine are just popping out.

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Oh so lovely flowers... Wanted to say also I watched the Nate show.. You seemed to be enjoying yourself and it was fun to watch since I have followed your blog for awhile now... Love coming to visit for inspiration... Blessings

Katty said...

Hi Sandy! Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I love roses.
Have a wonderful day and a pink rose from me to you.

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

The daisys were all across my grandmother's flowerbeds when she was alive. Made me think of her today. Thanks! ~judy~

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June said...

Oh I love my ballerina rose too. Such a delight in the garden. Your little asters are gorgeous! I loved every amazing photo Sandy.

meandering pearl said...

so beautiful!!! how i'd love to visit this magical place!!! hope your week is a gorgeous one lovely!!! sweet wishes & a Happy Autumn to you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy!! I so love your little cottage,& also you,so precious on the Nate Show. I have a couple questions--On this blog face page- it shows another magazine besides romantic victorian,that your cottage was featured in- what is the name of it and where do I get a copy?-{Casa something.}.--

I Love all of your Fall flowers there too, & when I look at your Maltese I smile, but also feel sad inside as my Maltese girl dog Fancy recently passed away at 15, and I miss her so much.- But I love white as in your cottage and my pets too.xo-Valery

CHERI said...

Everything looks beautiful there. God certainly knows how to send us beauty in places we might overlook if we aren't careful. Around here we don't have many fall-colored leaves or pretty fall flowers. We usually purchase potted mums to decorate for the fall through Thanksgiving. I love wildflowers the best.

Albertines verden said...

Hi. Earlier this week, I found your lovely blog. I`d just fell in love with your beautyful little studio. So I used some of your pictures and made a link to your blog. Have a lovely week-end. Albertine...

sylvia said...

dear Sandy.
I love you blogg,first time I visit you,
I link to you on my blog..
so lovely blogg.
hug from sylvia

Mette said...

What a lovely blog you have! I came across it via Villa Klaraberg and look forward to reading more!

have a lovely wekeend!

all the best from England,
Mette

tove said...

Hi Hi
This is my first time here. Your cabin is the most beautiful cabin i have ever seen. WOW...
Have a nice day
Tove

Jacqueline said...

I love how something seemingly delicate-looking in the garden can be so hardy. Beautiful photos, Sandy!

The whole craze for mums in the garden, come fall, has always turned me off; Without apology, I've never done it. For that reason (and because I was thinking of you!) here's a little something that should persuade many people to run far, far away from grocery stores flogging mums:

http://www.shelterpop.com/2010/09/13/perennial-fall-flowers/

J xx

hobbyvimsa said...

Hello Sandy!!!Beutiful house and picture...I will follow you!!!hugs from (Norway) Linda:)

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Cute little flowers! I like it. Wish I can also add them in my garden. Thanks for sharing.

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Pearl Maple said...

fall in the catskills is in deed beautiful

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Oh! Those little flowers caught my attention. It seems you have a great flower gardens. How I wish I could have a cool garden like yours. Keep it up!

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These are all lovely flowers. Most of them I haven't seen before. Thank you for sharing.

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